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Commencement 2017

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The commencement ceremony will be held Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Campus Recreation Center. Doors will open for seating at 6:00 pm and the ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm. The ceremony will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

Seating is limited. Each graduate will receive tickets for guests. Information about the number of tickets you will receive was sent to graduates' student e-mail accounts on March 13.  If you are graduating and have not yet replied, please do so as soon as possible. 

Tickets
  • A ticket is required for each guest who will attend the ceremony. There is no charge for tickets. Graduates participating in commencement do
    not need a ticket.
  • Children under two who will sit on a ticket-holder's lap will be admitted without a ticket.
  • Spring Graduate Petitioners were sent information about obtaining guest tickets via student e-mail. A response is required. 
  • Summer and Fall 2016 Graduates were sent invitations to attend commencement 2017 and information about obtaining guest tickets via
    U.S. mail.
  • Graduates participating in commencement will pick up tickets at the Bookstore. You will be notified by e-mail about the number of tickets you will receive. Tickets will not be available to pick up until after you receive this e-mail.  Once acquired, please keep tickets in a safe location. Tickets cannot be reissued for any reason.
  • Caps and gowns do not need to be pre-ordered except in rare cases. (See sizing info.) Caps & gowns will be available for purchase at the Bookstore approximately April 15.
Seating
  • Children under two who will sit on a ticket-holder's lap will be admitted without a ticket. No strollers will be allowed in the building.
  • The Campus Recreation Center is not air conditioned.
  • Limited seating for wheelchair users and their guests with physical limitations is available. Each special-needs individual may have one (1) guest join them in this seating area. Seating in this section is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests in this section will still need a ticket to enter the building.
  • Most guest seating is in the bleachers.
Video Streaming

Those who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony will be able to watch it live on the web. The URL will be posted on this page when streaming is available.

Photography

Photographs may be taken at any time during the ceremony. Guests can approach the stage to capture an individual student, but please be considerate of others who may be near the stage.

A professional photographer will be taking candid photographs of each graduate receiving their diploma. They will also be set up in or around Ovalwood Hall prior to the ceremony to take any individual or group photos requested. The photographer, Bruce L. Heflin Photography, will contact each graduate under a separate  mailing to inquire about photo purchases.

Parking

There is no parking adjacent to the Campus Recreation Center. Guests with physical limitations can be dropped off near the front door, but please plan to arrive before 6:30 pm to avoid extra traffic as the graduates are marching over from Ovalwood.

Practice

Graduation practice is scheduled for Thursday,
May 11, 2017, from 2pm to 4pm at the Campus Recreation Center.

At practice and at the ceremony, graduates will walk up three steps and across a stage. There is also a ramp for any graduate who may require it. If you are planning to use the ramp or need other accommodations for physical limitations, please contact Traci Lykins at 419-755-4733.

After the Ceremony

The front lawn of the Campus Recreation Center will be very crowded with graduates and their families. It may be helpful if you and family/guests meet at a previously agreed upon location, so you can easily find one another.

Graduates will be awarded diploma covers at the ceremony. Actual diplomas can be picked up in person at the Student Records Office June 5 through June 8, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. (The College is closed Fridays, May 19 through July 28, 2017.) Any diplomas not picked up by June 8 will be sent out
via U.S. mail on Monday, June 12, 2017.

 

 

 

Click here to download the 2017 Commencement Program

>> Download the Program

 

>> Student Information

>> Photographer's Website

 

Before the Ceremony

Room 100 in Ovalwood Hall will be available for dressing beginning at 5:30pm. Please make arrangements to secure personal items, such as purses, jackets, etc. No security will be provided in the dressing room.

Line up will begin at 6:30pm. Graduates will march to the Campus Recreation Center from Ovalwood in caps, gowns, and tassels.

Caps, gowns, and tassels are required, and can be purchased from the campus bookstore. They will be available for purchase approximately April 15. The cost is approximately $39.00. Caps and gowns must be black. If you are using someone else's cap and gown, you should still plan to purchase a tassel with the correct year in the color that denotes your major. You may purchase these up to and including the day of graduation during normal bookstore hours. You are encouraged to purchase these items well in advance to insure proper sizing and availability. Sizing details can be found herePlease iron your gown.

Those who qualify for honor cords may pick them up in person at the Student Records Office, Kee Hall room 142, the week of graduation from Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. A letter has been mailed to those who qualify. Questions about honor cords can be directed to the Student Records Office at 419-755-4857.

Questions? 
Contact Traci Lykins at
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or 419-755-4733.

 

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