Information for Curriculum Graduates
The official graduation exercises for Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduates will be held May 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Frank and Mabel West Auditorium, The Center for Learning and Arts – The Foundation.
A practice will be held on May 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in The Foundation. Practice usually lasts approximately 2 hours. Students are required to attend practice in the morning if they want to participate in the graduation exercises that evening. Written permission must be approved by the Registrar prior to May 18th if you are unable to attend practice.
Things you need to know for graduation:
Practice - Monday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. Meet in The Foundation wearing casual dress. Do not wear your caps and gowns.
Group Pictures for the newspapers - Monday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.
Graduation Exercises Line Up - Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.
Due to space considerations, graduates will be reserved up to six (6) guest tickets for graduation. Each guest MUST have a ticket, regardless of age. Graduates may pick up graduation tickets at the Foundation box office beginning April 29 or at the graduation rehearsal on May 18. Graduates will need to show an ID before their guest tickets can be distributed. For more information regarding Foundation box office hours, see www.FoundationShows.org or call (828) 395-1681 or 395-1682.
Women wear dark dress, skirt or slacks, dark shoes. Men wear dark pants, white shirt and tie, dark shoes.
Gown should be pressed with cool iron or steamed. Mortarboard must be worn flat on your head with the point between your eyes in the center of your brow. Use black bobby pins if needed to secure mortarboard. Tassels are worn on the right and then switched to the left when the President offers congratulations and instructs you to turn your tassel.
Gold tassels & medallions:
May be worn by students with a program grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher to designate this achievement. On Monday morning, May 18, after rehearsal, you may verify your GPA and receive an honor card to purchase the tassel and medallion in the Bookstore. You may exchange your black tassel for a gold one, or you may purchase a gold one.
The Bookstore hours for May 18 will be 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Please take care of any financial deficiencies, library fines and overdue books before practice. Bring proof of payment to the Records Office (Student Center).
We will not be responsible for your valuables. Leave them with family or friends. Also, please turn off your cell phones.
Distractions can make a graduation ceremony unpleasant. Please remind family and friends to keep children and babies as quiet as possible and not to enter and exit the Auditorium during the ceremonies.
Each graduate will be assigned a position for the processional and will be seated accordingly. The marshals will seat graduates in the reserved area of the Auditorium. During the processional, please be sensitive to good posture, hold your head high, and keep your eyes straight ahead. When your name is called, stand at the platform for your degree to be announced and then move to diploma table to shake hands with the President with your right hand and accept your diploma with your left. Follow the line of march back to your seat and immediately sit down.
Blue Covers Diploma:
During the ceremonies you will receive an empty diploma cover. Immediately after the ceremonies are over, come directly to Seminar A to pick up your diploma insert. If you have already received your diploma or did not order one, please return the blue cover.
To make arrangements for yourself and/or any family member with disabilities who will attend the ceremony, contact Alfreda Lindsay at 395-1732. Accessible seating for family members is on a first come first serve basis.