From the President's Office, ext. 3151 or email email@example.com
May 5, 2019
Please see this and additional updated information posted at www.iwu.edu/commencement/
We hope you are looking forward to Commencement Day,
Sunday, May 5, 2019
This year’s ceremony will be held outdoors
at 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 partly cloudy, 70 degrees with a 0% chance of rain). The ground on the Eckley Quad is also soft from recent rains. 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. at the Ames Library Plaza
Like all ceremonies, Commencement should be conducted with dignity and respect. Coordination and instructions on Sunday, May 5 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 Richard Von Helms ‘19 and Kayley Rettberg ‘19, representing the Junior Class.
Line up for the Processional begins at *** 12:20 p.m. *** and you must be dressed in your academic cap and gown. You will first assemble at The Ames Plaza where President Jensen will briefly greet you. 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.
In order to receive the correct diploma,
you must line up in ALPHABETICAL ORDER by DEGREE,
as listed in the Commencement Program
The programs will be available when you arrive at The Ames Plaza. All will go well if you just follow the person listed ahead of you in the program.
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 Hill, alphabetically
At 12:45 p.m., the Processional will begin.
CONFERRING OF DEGREES
RECESSIONAL AND RECEPTION
After the ceremony ends, the Mace Bearer (Professor Ferradáns) 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.
By 4:00 p.m., please return your cap and gown , which the University has rented for you, to the Nell Eckley Lounge, Memorial Center. You may keep your tassel.