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I have been very busy and missed the deadline for filing the intent to graduate form, can I still participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony?

If you did not file by the deadline of April 2,2015 you will not be able to participate in the  ceremony. Additionally, your name will not appear in the commencement program.

I received my diploma in December, but did not participate in the Winter Commencement and would like to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony.

You need to make arrangements with the registrar about attending.  Space is extremely limited and you may not be able to attend.

Must I have a cap and gown to participate in the  Commencement ceremony?

Yes, you must have a cap and gown to participate. Caps and gowns will be available for purchase. Visit the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. If you are unable to make it into the bookstore, please call them. Make sure to try on your cap and gown after purchasing to make sure it fits and all the parts are included.

When will the ceremony tickets be distributed?

The tickets will be distributed from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM in the Campus Center Lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5, 2015 and May 6, 2015. If you are unable to attend on one of these two days, then you will need to contact the Dean of Students office at to make arrangements for your tickets.

Can I get more than six tickets for the ceremony?

The number of tickets that will be distributed is determined by the number of students who have filed intent to graduate forms and indicate that they will attend the ceremony. Therefore, the number of tickets per graduate will be limited. If there are any extra tickets, they will then be distributed. There will be a VERY LIMITED number of extra tickets. During the week of May 11, 2015, if you would like any of the very limited extra tickets you will need to visit the Dean of Students office in Laffin 314 from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you are unable to come during this time period, contact the Dean of Students office at to make arrangements to pick up any of the remaining tickets.

One of my guests has special seating needs because of a disability. How can I arrange for appropriate seating?

Please send an email to stating your name, and the name of your guest who needs special seating. Have your guests arrive early on graduation day. For the 10:00 AM ceremony, guests with special seating needs should arrive at 9:15 AM and for the 3:00 PM ceremony guests needing special seating should arrive at 2:15 PM.

Must I attend the sign in, instructions and line up in Nold Hall Auxiliary Gym at either 8:15 AM for the morning ceremony or 1:45 PM for the afternoon ceremony ?

Yes, This is mandatory and that is where we will be making sure you have your card filled out correctly so that your name is called and you are recognized. Additionally, instructions will be given in terms of how to line up, march, and be recognized on the platform by the President of the College.

Will my picture be taken at the ceremony?

Yes, your picture will be taken by a professional photographer and will be available for purchase in lat May or early June.

How long does commencement last?

Commencement usually lasts about two and one half hours or less, depending upon the number of students who attend. Every student is recognized. Please join us after the ceremony for a reception on the Great Lawn between Nold and Roosevelt Halls.

What happens if there is bad weather the day of Commencement?

Commencement will be taking place in Nold Hall gym. If there is some unforeseen emergency, please visit the College website home page for emergency information.