Beginning with the Spring 2012 Commencement on Saturday, May 5, the University’s graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be hosted separately on the same day. Graduate ceremonies will take place in the morning, and undergraduate ceremonies will take place in the afternoon, both in the Koehler Complex.
With the addition of a second ceremony, several other changes will take place.
Rehearsal for graduates and undergraduates will be held separately on Friday afternoon, May 4. A presidential reception for all graduates will take place following the rehearsals from 4-7 p.m., followed by an ecumenical baccalaureate service on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.
The graduate ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, will include a hooding ceremony for all graduates. The commencement brunch will be held as before from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies will conclude with the University’s Arch Ceremony.
A detailed announcement and reservation instructions for the President’s Friday reception and Saturday’s brunch will be mailed to graduates later this semester.
The University awards comparable numbers of undergraduate and graduate degrees. With separate ceremonies in May, the December commencement will be discontinued. Participation in the May ceremony has been growing, and both seating and event duration have become challenging. December participation has been declining, and weather is always a concern. In addition, switching to two ceremonies on one day will save the University more than $20,000.
Conferral dates for degrees (i.e., posting of degree dates on transcripts and issuance of diplomas following the completion of all University requirements) will remain in August, December and May. Completion ceremonies for cohorts of health-professions students completing clinical rotations will continue to be held in August and December at the departmental level. All graduates are encouraged to participate in the University’s formal commencement ceremonies in May.
Additional questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at 419-434-4553.