From the President's Office, ext. 3151, ext. 3780 or e-mail email@example.com
May 5, 2018
Please see this and additional updated information posted at www.iwu.edu/commencement/
This year’s ceremony will be held INDOORS in the Activities Arena at the Shirk Center
This message provides information regarding the line-up for the Processional and a brief outline of the Ceremony itself. After much deliberation, including soliciting forecasts directly from three meteorologists, we have made the difficult decision to hold Commencement indoors at the Shirk Center. Given the possibility for severe weather, the comfort and safety of thousands of participants and spectators must be our paramount consideration. There are no storage spaces, so everything you bring will remain with you during the Ceremony.
Like all ceremonies, Commencement should be conducted with dignity and without confusion. We ask that you not bring anything with you on stage. Even if you know there is no safety issue, things hidden under robes can be of concern to those in the audience.
Coordination and instructions on Sunday, May 6 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 Gus Castro ‘19 and Kayleigh Ruffolo ‘19, Junior Class Officers.
Line up for the Processional begins at ***12:20 p.m.*** and you must be dressed in your academic robe and cap. You will assemble in the Practice Gym where President Jensen will briefly greet you.
Following President Jensen’s greeting, Professor Roesner will announce instructions for lining up.
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 line will need to “snake” up and down the length of the west side of the gym in an orderly way.
2. B.A. and B.S. Liberal Arts graduates with last names beginning Ho through Z alphabetically, will line up on the east side of the Practice Gym (side closer to the new addition). The line will need to “snake” up and down the length of the west side of the gym in an orderly way.
Commencement programs will be available, and the restrooms in the Shirk Center will be open from noon to 12:40 p.m. All will go well, if you just follow the person listed ahead of you in the program.
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 leave the seating area row by row using the center aisle.
Please follow the Marshals all of the way back to the Performance Gym before meeting up with friends and family. This will prevent the aisles from becoming blocked. 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 and gown, which the University has rented for you, to the Fort Natatorium Lobby of the Shirk Center by the swimming pool. You may keep your tassel.
A few of you have asked why hoods aren’t being worn this year. We decided to discontinue wearing hoods for two reasons: 1) most undergraduate institutions do not wear hoods for commencement; typically hoods are reserved for master and doctoral graduates, and 2) expense management - eliminating hoods saves the university 50% of our rental fee costs. We appreciate your understanding and are looking forward to a great day tomorrow!