Though seniors are planning their post-graduation goals, there are still things to do in order to prepare for the big ceremony.
All students planning to graduate or walk in May should stop by the registrar’s office and apply for graduation. The deadline to do so is Feb. 17.
Students graduating in the summer, but who plan to walk in the spring, also need to fill out their application to walk. This application is available online, from their adviser or from Pam Bobier, assistant director for academic services.
If a student’s degree requirements will not be met by July 28, but they still want to walk, they must contact academic affairs.
Students need to ensure that they have met all of the requirements they need to graduate, Provost Dr. Kent Buchanan said.
“They need to talk to their advisers right away and have them do a check,” Buchanan said.
Kendra Comstock, vocal performance senior, said she’s excited and nervous for graduation. She’s already planning for what her next step in life will be.
“I am planning on moving to Boston very soon after I graduate, so I’m starting to apply for jobs and find apartments-so that’s weird,” Comstock said. “But I am keeping that planning secondary to finishing my last semester. I’m putting a lot of effort into my recital and hanging out with friends as much as possible.”
Bobier encouraged students to attend Gateway to Graduation, which is all day Feb. 14-15 in the Bookstore, to order regalia.
Gateway to Graduation is a resource for graduating seniors where representatives from different departments are available to help verify applications, get financial aid assistance, get help with career plans, check graduate school options, and order regalia and announcements. Represented departments include the
– registrar’s office,
– student accounts,
– career services,
– graduate admissions, and
– Jostens, which makes memorabilia like class rings or announcements.
Baccalaureate Commencement will start at 9 a.m. in Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel. Undergraduate Commencement starts afterward at 11 a.m., and Graduate Commencement will be at 3 p.m. Both will be in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center. All commencement ceremonies are May 6.
Seating for guests is on a first-come-first-served basis and includes seating for those who cannot climb stairs. A sign language interpreter will be present at the ceremony and will be featured on the online streaming of the ceremony.