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Instructions to Candidates


The moment you have been waiting for is finally here —your graduation and the Commencement Exercises of 2014. We want this day to be perfect for you and for your family. The following is a list of "MUSTS" for all potential diploma candidates.

  1. You must file your " Intent to Graduate " form with the Registrar's Office before the close of business on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Failure to meet the deadline will result in your name being omitted from the Commencement Program, and prevent you from receiving your actual diploma.
  2. You must attend any part of one of the two Senior Days on either Wednesday, April 23 or Thursday, April 24 in order to pick up your tickets.  Ticket distribution on these days will be from 10:30am- 2:30pm and from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  You will be able to:
    • Check the spelling of your name for the Commencement Program)
    • ORDER YOUR CAPS AND GOWNS, HOODS, Tassels, College Ring, Diploma Case, etc.
    • Check the Potential Latin Honors list to see whether you have qualified.
    • receive 6 tickets for your guests
    • inform us of any guests with disabilities
    • get information about your Commencement video and photos
    • purchase tickets to  "THE FAREWELL BALL"
    • join the Alumni Association
    • enjoy refreshments
    • make arrangements for any guests with disabilities  
    • We will not distribute tickets until the two Senior Days.
    • Unable to attend any part of Senior Days for your tickets?  If so, you must contact the Dean of Students office at to make other arrangements. There may be a very limited supply of extra tickets.  If there are any, these will be made available after May 5.  You must email the Dean of Students at prior to visiting the office.
    • Purchase your Commencement Caps, Gowns and Hoods as soon as possible to ensure you will have them for the ceremony. Please contact the bookstore for the dates that you can begin to purchase your caps and gowns.
    • Arrive at Nold Hall main gym at 10:30 for check in, instructions and line up.  Please enter through the main doors of the building.
    • The ceremony usually lasts about two and one half hours. Then, please join us for a reception on the Great Lawn between Nold and Roosevelt Halls.
    • Please let your guests know that no backpacks, coolers or umbrellas will be allowed into the graduation area.  Additionally, all individuals may be subject to search prior to admittance.
Students must pick up caps and gowns prior to commencement. We will continue to update you between now and Commencement with important notices. Visit the Website for new developments so that we can all make your Commencement a special and memorable occasion. Avoid delays and confusion on Commencement Day!