Registrar's Office - Graduation Information
May 4, 2013
Graduation 2:00 PM
Graduation Speaker - Dr. Hiram L. Davis
Due to weather conditions, graduation has been moved to Burns gym! Please note location changes indicated in red below
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: To follow is the schedule of events for May 4th
- 10:40am - Nursing Students, Nursing Faculty & Stage Party line up in front of Mabee Eckilson Theatre
- 11:00am - Nursing Graduates Pinning Ceremony
- 12:00 noon - Lunch - Cafeteria
- 1:15pm - Seniors Group Picture In Mabee Eckilson Theatre. No faculty or board pictures this year.
- 1:30pm - Line up for Commencement in Burns Gym in hallway by locker rooms. Faculty will line up behind curtain on south end of gym.
- 2:00pm - Commencement Ė Burns Gym
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Space is limited in the gym, so the ceremony will be broadcast in Mabee-Eckilson Theatre and also in the Cafeteria. The cafeteria location is recommended for family members & friends that will have small children with them, as that location will allow for room to get up and walk around. The beverage service in the cafeteria will be open for guests during that time.
Parking: The gym parking lot will fill up quickly, so we will have 2 buses running the loop around campus from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. There will be 25 handicapped parking spots at Burns Gym. The buses will stop at the following locations:
- Stop 1: Parking lot entrance between Menís Honor Hall and MacDonald Hall (a golf cart will be circling the Young, MacDonald, Viking Village lots to transport people to the stop location)
- Stop 2: Ferguson Center North entrance
- Stop 3: Baity Hall Parking lot entrance (a golf cart will be circling the Baity lot to transport people to the stop location)
In addition to the schedule above, there will also be a Pinning Ceremony for the graduating nursing majors at 11:00 a.m. in Eckilson-Mabee Theatre.
NAME CARD: Around the third week of April, seniors will receive a 4x6 index card. This card is to be completed and handed to the Registrar as you walk across the stage at graduation. Please PRINT NEATLY and don't use nick names. Spell your name phonetically if necessary. If you are not participating in the graduation ceremonies, please mail the card back to the Registrar's Office. 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 within four weeks of graduation. Summer candidate diplomas will be ordered upon completion of requirements and mailed upon receipt. We ask that summer candidates turn in the diploma cover after graduation to the Registrar's Office. May candidates should keep the cover.
CAP AND GOWNS: Caps and gowns can be picked up in the Registrar's Office beginning May 1st. You keep the caps and gowns after graduation. Remember to wear the cap flat on top of your head. We will have "helpers" available at Graduation to assist you. We ask that you do not "decorate" the top of your cap with Greek letters or anything else. The Registrar's Office will be open at 9:30 a.m. on Graduation Day and will close 30 minutes after the graduation ceremony ends.
ACADEMIC HONORS: Since graduation 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: Presidential Scholars (3.9 to 4.0 cumulative GPA) are given a purple honor cord and Academic Scholars that were recently honored at a scholar banquet will receive an orange honor cord during the graduation ceremony. All other honor cords are distributed by the honor organizations and students should contact their faculty sponsor for those.
LINE UP: You will line up in alphabetical order for commencement. There will be lists available so you can find your place. Line-up lists will be available before commencement. 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 the 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.
GRADUATION FEE: Your $100 graduation fee must be paid prior to Graduation.
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, so we will also be broadcasting the ceremony in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre. 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 to commencement. 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Marsha Lashley, Registrar: .