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Registrar's Office - Graduation Information

Commencement 2016

May 7, 2016

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  • 2:00 pm Commencement – Gregg-Mitchell Field

NAME CARD: This card was mailed to the December graduates and available for pick up for the May and summer candidates. This card is to be completed and handed to the Registrar 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 you are doing” and hometown newspaper information at the bottom.

DIPLOMAS: You will receive an empty diploma cover during commencement. December graduates can pick-up diplomas immediately following commencement in the Registrar’s Office. Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to the address listed on the departmental approval form with-in six weeks of commencement. 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.

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.

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 is stamped with a red star if you are within the “with honors” grade point average limits. 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 5, 2015.

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 on the south end of the gym. 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 be broadcasted in the Malcolm Center Charles L. Bacon Conference Center if you have guests that will not be able to handle the heat. The conference center will open at 1:15 for seating and will be on a first come first serve basis.
You can watch the livestream here:

PARKING: The gym parking lot will fill up quickly. There will be 25 handicapped parking spots in the Burns Athletic Complex parking lot.

SHUTTLE: The College will have 2 buses running the loop around campus from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Pick-Up 1: Parking lot entrance between Men's Honor Hall and MacDonald Hall (a golf cart will be circling the Young, MacDonald, Viking Village lots to transport people.)

Pick-Up 2: Baity Hall parking lot entrance (a golf cart will be circling the Baity lot to transport people.)

The buses will return people to the stops immediately following the ceremony and will continue to run until everyone has left the Burns Athletic Complex.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Marsha Lashley, Registrar: