Schedule May 18, 2014
Commencement Breakfast/Brunch for Graduates and their Families
Other Refreshment Options on Commencement Day
The Bistro — Higgins University Center
Continental style breakfast items available for purchase.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jazzman's Café — Academic Commons
Espresso and coffee bar with assorted pastries available for purchase.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Concession Stand — Outside the University Center
Assorted drinks, snacks and lunch items available for purchase.
10 a.m. through end of Commencement
Processional begins at 12 p.m. sharp
Kneller Athletic Center
Graduates must assemble by 11:30 a.m. sharp in Kneller Athletic Center wearing (or carrying) their cap and gown. The Kneller will open to graduates at 11:15 a.m. Anyone who does not arrive in time for accurate placement in the procession risks not receiving a diploma on stage. Commencement is a formal affair. University officials reserve the right to prohibit a student from participating if the formal cap and gown are not worn — or if the student's identity is concealed in any way.
In the Kneller gymnasium, tagged seats are arranged alphabetically for all students. Graduate students will be seated in alphabetical order by degree in the sections closest to the stage; Undergraduate students will be seated in alphabetical order behind the Graduate students. Please find your seat and be seated; Commencement Marshals will be available to assist. You will receive last-minute instructions at this time.
From Kneller, you will walk in pairs to the Commencement area. When you take your seat on the Campus Green, please stay in the same order in which you were seated in the Kneller. Additional details on procession and seating will be posted soon.
Part I: Begins at 12:30 p.m.
The program will begin on the Campus Green and will include a welcome, opening remarks, the Commencement address, conferring of honorary degrees and recognition of all graduates. This portion of the ceremony will run approximately 1 hour.
Part II: 1:30 p.m. (approx.) Graduate students and family memebers move to the Kneller Center
At the conclusion of the all-inclusive ceremony, designated members of the platform party, followed by graduate students, will process behind the piper and drummer to the Kneller Athletic Center for a Graduate School Commencement. Families of graduate students will be directed in an orderly fashion to the Kneller Athletic Center where they will enter the building via the entrance designated for guests. Details on the graduate processional will be available on individual graduate school Web pages.
The undergraduate Commencement ceremony will continue on the Campus Green. Additional details are available on the Senior Students Web page.