Seniors: Facts, Schedule, Procedure

Caps, Tassels, and Cords

Caps and tassels may be picked from APEX on Friday (May 12) between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or from the Bookstore on Friday afternoon until 5 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

There is no cost for the cap and tassel, and seniors were provided with a gown in August. If this gown has been lost or destroyed, seniors will be required to purchase a replacement gown for Commencement through Loren Tooley in the Bookstore; the cost for a replacement gown is $20.

The tassel on the cap is worn on the right front side of the cap. After all degrees have been awarded, the President will signal a unison shifting of the tassel from right to left.

Cords

Honors cords and Phi Beta Kappa cords will be placed in the student mailboxes by noon on Saturday, May 13.

  • Gold cords for departmental honors
  • Black and gold cords for Phi Beta Kappa
  • Seniors earning honors in two majors will receive two gold cords.

Baccalaureate
Sunday, May 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.
McGaw Chapel

All Seniors, including those who expect to complete their work this summer, may participate in Baccalaureate.

Line Up

Seniors should arrive in caps and gowns at McGaw Chapel no later than 9:30 a.m. to begin lining up. Seniors will line up, forming a double line for the academic procession on the sidewalk between McGaw Chapel and Taylor Hall. Alphabetical order is not required. In

Seniors will line up, forming a double line for the academic procession on the sidewalk between McGaw Chapel and Taylor Hall. Alphabetical order is not required. In

In case of excessive rain, seniors will line up for the procession in the lobby of Freedlander Theatre (located across the street from McGaw Chapel).

Procession

At 9:55 a.m., Faculty marshals will lead the procession into McGaw Chapel as follows: Faculty, Seniors, Platform Party.

Recession

The order of the recession is as follows: Platform Party, Faculty, Seniors.

Commencement
Monday, May 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Kauke Hall, south lawn

Line up

Seniors eligible to participate in the ceremony (check with the Registrar's Office if you are unsure) will assemble in caps and gowns at 9:00 a.m. in The Oak Grove on the north side of Kauke Hall. (Commencement will be held on the south side of Kauke this year.)

Please assemble in ALPHABETICAL ORDER as printed in the program with August 2016 graduates first, followed by December 2016 graduates, candidates for the B.A. degree, candidates for the B.Mus. degree, and candidates for the B.Mus.Ed. degree. Faculty marshals will be present to assist in lining up the seniors, and stanchions with each letter of the alphabet will be posted along the procession line.

Procession

The procession will start at 10:00 a.m. Seniors will lead the procession by marching through the double line of the faculty. When you reach your seat, please remain standing until the President gives the signal to be seated. When it is time for the conferring of degrees, the Provost will signal the August 2016 and December 2016 graduates to rise and proceed to the platform. After their degrees have been awarded, on the signal from the Provost, the remainder of the first row of graduates will stand. Each row thereafter will rise as a group when the faculty marshal so indicates. When the last diploma has been presented, the President will ask all degree candidates to rise for the formal, collective conferring of degrees.

The tassel on the cap is worn on the right front side of the cap. After all the degrees have been awarded, the President will signal a unison shifting of the tassel from right to left.

Recession

The order of the recession is as follows: Platform Party, Faculty, Seniors. Please stand on the signal from the President and follow the Faculty through Kauke Arch into The Oak Grove.

Following Commencement, refreshments will be available in the Oak Grove. Department signs will be posted in The Oak Grove to facilitate connections between faculty, seniors, and families.

If it Rains

In the event of rain, Commencement will be held in the Physical Education Center.

Seniors should assemble at 9:00 a.m. on the main floor of the P.E.C., lining up alphabetically, in the multi-purpose gym. Faculty marshals will assist. At 10:00 a.m. the line will proceed to the ground floor and Timken Gym. Seniors will enter the gym first, followed by the faculty.

Following the Commencement ceremony, refreshments will be available on the Lowry Center Patio. Department signs will be posted under the Lowry Center Patio tent to facilitate connections between faculty, seniors, and families.

If rain interrupts the ceremony on the south lawn of Kauke Hall, all guests will leave the south lawn and proceed to Timken Gym; seats will be reserved for the senior class on the gym floor.

Questions? Please contact Angela Johnston (ext. 2141) or Sally Whitman (ext. 2313) in the Office of the President.