To Graduating Seniors in the Class of 2017

From the President's Office, ext. 3151 or email

May 4, 2017


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We hope you are looking forward to Commencement Day,

Sunday, May 7, 2017


This Year’s Ceremony Will be Held Outdoors

On the Kemp Commencement Plaza


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. Please dress appropriately for the weather predicted for Commencement Day (the current forecast is sunny, 62 degrees with a 0% chance of rain) and bring sunscreen and water as you wish. There are no storage spaces, so everything you bring will remain with you during the Ceremony.


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


Like all ceremonies, Commencement should be conducted with dignity and without confusion. Coordination and instructions on Sunday, May 7 will come from the Senior Faculty Marshals—Professor Rebecca Roesner and Professor Zahia Drici. Other faculty will join them as Marshals for the day. Student Marshals are Alex Strogin ’18 and Hallie Shanley ’18, Junior Class Officers.


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 Jensen 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 Schools of Nursing, Art, Theatre Arts and Music, and in the College of Liberal Arts. Signs will be posted to indicate where the line-up starts for each DEGREE – B.S.N., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E., B.A. and B.S.





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.


1. Graduates receiving the following degrees will line up single-file ON THE SIDEWALK ON THE **WEST** (BUCK) 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 A- through Johnson, alphabetically


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


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




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




After the ceremony ends, the Mace Bearer leads the Platform Party in the Recessional. The Marshals then direct the Faculty and finally the Graduates to line up and leave the seating area by using the center aisle. Please return to the McPherson sidewalks 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.


Before 4pm, return your cap, gown and hood, which the University has rented for you, to the Nell Eckley Lounge, Memorial Center. You may keep your tassel.