To Graduating Seniors from the President’s Office

March 29, 2006

Regarding:

Distribution of Academic Regalia:  Monday and Tuesday, April 3 and 4
Senior Class Dinner:  Monday, April 10
Honors Convocation:  Wednesday, April 12
Commencement:  Sunday, April 30

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.  We are pleased to provide you with information about the various activities that celebrate Commencement.  Please read carefully, since these events are an important part of your graduation.

Academic Regalia and Graduation Announcements---distributed on April 3 and 4

Your regalia (cap, gown, and hood, which reflect the degree you will receive) and graduation announcements (compliments of the IWU Alumni Association) will be distributed on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. Some organizations provide Honors Cords for members and your organization will provide information to you if they do so.

AFTER APRIL 4, your order will be held at the Bookstore in the Hansen Student Center and you may pick it up during their business hours, which are 8-6 Monday-Thursday, 8-5 Friday, and 10-5 Saturday. If none of those times meet your schedule, please contact the Bookstore for other arrangements. The last opportunity to pick up your regalia is before the ceremony on Sunday, April 30 at the Bookstore, which will be open 9-4 that day.

Regalia must be worn for the Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 12 and Commencement on Sunday, April 30 (see below for information on those events).

Senior Class Dinner---April 10

You have received the invitation to a formal dinner in honor of your graduation on Monday,   April 10 at 6 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Center. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to reminisce with classmates, faculty, and staff as you are welcomed into the IWU Alumni Association.

Honors Convocation---April 12

The 2006 Honors Convocation is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12 in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall.  The Convocation is dedicated especially to the Class of 2006 and also to all students who have earned scholastic and activity honors and honor society membership.  Professor Mary Ann Bushman, recipient of The Pantagraph 2006 Award for Teaching Excellence, will be the speaker with your class president, Jessica Dixon, presiding.

All members of the senior class are invited to participate in the processional and recessional, in full academic regalia (with tassels worn on the right side).  Please meet in the Music Building, room 161, at 10:45 a.m. There is no specific order for the processional line up; you may stand where you wish.  During the Convocation Invocation and Benediction, men should remove their caps.

Commencement---April 30

You and your family will soon receive a Commencement mailing that provides much information, which will also be posted on the IWU web site at www.iwu.edu/commencement  An additional e-mail will be sent to you on or about April 20 with more specifics about the Commencement ceremony itself.

PLEASE NOTE:  Commencement is held outdoors, even in light rain or cool temperatures.  If it is moved to the Shirk Center because of heavy rain or severe weather alerts, there is very limited seating available for your family and guests. The stage and chair seating for Graduates and Faculty is located on the floor of the Performance Arena along with some handicapped-accessible seating, leaving mostly bleacher seating for guests.

To ensure that each Graduate can have family or friends in attendance, we provide each graduate's family with FOUR tickets for reserved seating in the Performance Arena.  Those tickets will be mailed to the family in the Commencement mailing mentioned above.  We regret that we cannot provide extra tickets, but we feel it is most fair to allow each Graduate to have some family and friends in attendance rather than a first-come seating arrangement wherein some families would be excluded entirely.