Commencement

Commencement Ceremony Details for Graduates

PLEASE RETAIN THIS INFORMATION

To Graduating Seniors in the Class of 2012
From the President's Office, ext. 3151 or email commence@iwu.edu
April 25, 2012

Please see this and additional updated information posted at www.iwu.edu/commencement/

 

We hope you are looking forward to Commencement Day, Sunday, April 29, 2012

This message provides information regarding the line up for the Processional and a brief outline of the Ceremony itself. As always, we assume a 2-hour outdoor ceremony, even in cool weather or light rain, unless weather alerts, heavy rain or rain-soaked ground necessitate a move to the Shirk Center.  The determination of the site is made at 9 am and will be posted on  the Commencement website www.iwu.edu/commencement/ or you may call the Main Desk at 309-556-1000.  Please dress appropriately for the weather predicted for Commencement Day (the current forecast is for cool temperatures and partly cloudy skies) and bring umbrellas, sunscreen and water as you wish.  There are no storage spaces, so everything you bring will remain with you during the Ceremony. 

 

A special stage for the 2012 Ceremony is in place on the Quad and you are welcome to take a look when you have time.  Plants and flowers will be brought in on Sunday to make it a beautiful site for your graduation. 

 

PROCESSIONAL – Line up at 12:20 p.m. on Ames Plaza

 

Like all ceremonies, Commencement should be conducted with dignity and without confusion.

Coordination and instructions on Sunday, April 29 will come from the Senior Faculty Marshals—Associate Provost Frank Boyd and Professors Rebecca Roesner and Zahia Drici.  Other faculty will join them as Marshals for the day.  Junior Class representatives Rachel Paturi and Sarah Boyle will serve as Student Marshals. 

 

Line up for the Processional begins at ***12:20 p.m.*** and you must be dressed in your academic robe, cap and hood.   You will first assemble on The Ames Plaza where President Wilson will briefly greet you.  Commencement programs will be available on the Plaza, and the restrooms in Ames Library will be open from noon to 12:40 p.m.

 

At 12:30 graduates proceed to the sidewalks on both sides of McPherson Theatre to line up in the College of Liberal Arts and the Schools of Nursing, Art, Theatre Arts and Music.  Signs will be posted to indicate where the groups start.  IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CORRECT DIPLOMA, YOU MUST LINE UP IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER AS LISTED IN THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM.  The programs will be available when you arrive at Ames Plaza.  All will go well, if you just follow the person listed ahead of you in the program (recognizing that the program lists ALL graduates while not all graduates will participate in the ceremony.

 

1.  Graduates receiving the following degrees will line up single-file ON THE SIDEWALK ON THE **EAST** (PRESSER) SIDE OF McPHERSON THEATRE

B.S.N. for School of Nursing graduates

B.F.A. for Art, Theatre Arts and Music Theatre

B.M. for Music

B.M.E. for Music Education

B.A. and B.S. for Liberal Arts with last names beginning Adams through Hertel, alphabetically

 

2.  B.A. and B.S. Liberal Arts graduates with last names beginning Hill through Zimmer, alphabetically, will line up single-file ON THE SIDEWALK ON THE **WEST** (BUCK) SIDE OF McPHERSON THEATRE.

 

At 12:45 p.m., the Processional will begin.

 

During the Invocation, it is customary that men remove their caps.

 

CONFERRING OF DEGREES

 

The Marshals and President Wilson will guide you through this step.  Follow the person listed ahead of you in the program to remain in order.  

 

RECESSIONAL AND RECEPTION

 

After the ceremony ends, the Mace Bearer leads the Platform Party in the Recessional.  The Marshals then direct the Faculty and finally the Graduates from the center aisle.  Please keep the line moving and return to the Ames Plaza before stopping, and arrange in advance with your family where you will meet on the Quad after the ceremony.  During the reception, faculty will be gathered to greet you and your family near signs listing the individual Department and School names (see the program for specific locations).  Please look for the signs and visit with faculty before you depart.

 

Return caps, gowns and hoods before 4 pm to the Nell Eckley Lounge, Memorial Center.   You may keep your tassel.

 

******INDOOR (SHIRK CENTER) CEREMONY******

 

In the event of heavy rain or threatening weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Shirk Center Performance Arena.   The Marshals will be positioned on the track at the north end of the Shirk Activity Center to help you line up. 

 

INDOOR PROCESSIONAL – Line up begins at 12:20 p.m.

 

Line up for the Indoor Processional begins at 12:20 p.m. ALONG THE NORTH TRACK OF THE SHIRK ACTIVITY CENTER where President Wilson will briefly greet you.  There will be signs positioned along the north track which indicate where the College of Liberal Arts and the Schools of Nursing, Art, Theatre Arts and Music will gather, forming two lines.  IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CORRECT DIPLOMA, YOU MUST LINE UP IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY DEGREE AS LISTED IN THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM, which will be available when you arrive.

 

1.  The following degree groupings will line up in one line as directed by the Marshals:

B.S.N. for School of Nursing graduates

B.F.A. for Art, Theatre Arts and Music Theatre

B.M. for Music

B.M.E. for Music Education

B.A. and B.S. for Liberal Arts with last names beginning Adams through Hertel, alphabetically

 

2.  B.A. and B.S. Liberal Arts graduates with last names beginning Hill through Zimmer, alphabetically, will line up in a second line. 

 

At 12:50 p.m., after the playing of the Prelude music, the Mace Bearer will begin the Processional by leading the Platform Party to the stage and the Faculty up a center aisle to their chairs on the Performance Arena floor.  The Marshals will then lead students up the center aisle to their chairs on the Arena floor.  Remain standing.

 

During the Invocation, it is customary that men remove their caps.

 

INDOOR CONFERRING OF DEGREES (same as outdoor ceremony)

 

The Marshals and President Wilson will guide you through this step.  Follow the person listed ahead of you in the program to remain in order.  

 

 

INDOOR RECESSIONAL AND RECEPTION

 

After the ceremony ends, the Mace Bearer and Platform Party begin the Recessional down the center aisle, followed by Faculty, and then the Graduates leave their rows as directed by the Marshals, down the center aisle.  Please keep the line moving and return to the north end of the Activity Center before stopping, and arrange in advance with your family where you will meet after the ceremony.  During the reception, faculty will be gathered to greet you and your family in the Activity Center near signs listing the individual Department and School names. 

 

Return caps, gowns and hoods to the Shirk Center classrooms before 4 pm.  You may keep your tassel.

 

 

***  Please do not be overly concerned about the many details in this message.  You will find that the processional and ceremony become a very smooth process when you follow the directions of the Marshals and pay attention to the alphabetical order in which you should be positioned.  Enjoy your day.