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Registrar's Office - Graduation Information

Commencement 2017

May 6, 2017

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  • 12:00 noon Lunch - Ferguson Center Dining Hall*
  • 1:15 pm Senior/Faculty/Board Pictures in front of Technology Center
  • 1:30 pm Line up for Commencement in front of Baity Hall
  • 2:00 pm Commencement – Gregg-Mitchell Field

*Seniors on the meal plan will use their ID card to eat in the dining hall. Guests will be charged $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (12 and under).

NAME CARD: Please pick up your name card in the Registrar's Office. December graduates and those not on campus this semester will receive it in the mail. This card is to be completed and handed to the me as you walk across the stage at commencement. Please PRINT NEATLY and don’t use nick names. Spell your name phonetically if necessary. If you are not participating in the commencement ceremonies please mail the card back to me. We use the "what are your plans after graduation" at the bottom of the card.

DIPLOMAS: You will receive an empty diploma cover during commencement. December graduates should have received their diploma in the mail. Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to the address listed on the departmental approval form within six weeks of commencement. If you indicated that you will pick up the diploma, you will be emailed as soon as they are available. Summer candidate's diplomas will be ordered upon completion of requirements and mailed upon receipt. Everyone should keep their diploma cover. The actual diploma will be shipped without a cover. Those that don't participate in the graduation ceremony will be mailed the diploma in the cover.

CAP AND GOWNS: You keep the cap and gown after commencement. Remember to wear the cap flat on top of your head. We will have "helpers" available during the line up to assist you. We ask that you do not "decorate" the top of your cap with Greek letters or anything else. Caps and gowns will be available for pick up on May 1st in the Registrar's Office. We will also be open early on the 7th for those that won't be in Marshall until the day of graduation.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Since commencement is taking place before the final grades are due it will be impossible to determine academic honors. Therefore, we will use your current grade point average and will announce “with honors” if you have a 3.5 or above. Your name card indicates "with honors". It is important to hang on to your card! The official Academic honors (Cum laude; Magna cum laude; Summa cum laude) will be indicated on the diploma.

HONOR CORDS: If you are a member of an academic organization that distributes honor cords, you should pick up the honor cords from the faculty advisor.  The only honor cords awarded during the commencement ceremony are the Presidential Scholars (students with a current cumulative gpa of 3.9 or above and the Major Scholars that were recently awarded. If you are a recipient of either it is indicated on the front of your name card and you will receive your honor cord as you walk across the stage.

LINE UP: You will line up in alphabetical order for commencement. There will be lists available so you can find your place. There will be “helpers” available to assist you in finding your place – if necessary.

PHOTOS: There will be a professional photographer taking pictures as you walk across stage. Remember to take the diploma cover with your left hand and shake President Humphrey’s hand with your right hand – and pose for the camera. Someone will personally “coach” the first few people prior to commencement day – so just watch them and then follow.

GRADUATION FEE: Your $100 graduation fee must be paid prior to May 7, 2016.

WEATHER: Let’s hope it doesn’t rain, but if it does the commencement ceremony will be held in the Burns Gym and line up will be by the locker rooms. The heat may also be a concern for some. A bottle of water will be under every chair for graduates. Water will also be available for purchase for your guests.

GUESTS: We do not limit the number of guests you can invite. Seating is on a first come – first serve basis. If you have guests that have limited mobility there will be a section of seating available on the track. They should park at the Burns gym and we will have staff members in golf carts transport them back and forth.

BROADCAST: The ceremony will also be broadcasted in the Mabee-Eckilson Theatre if you have guests that will not be able to handle the heat. The Theatre will open at 1:15 for seating and will be on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at