To Graduating Seniors
In the Class of 2019
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 ***
*** 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.
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 Hill, alphabetically
B.A. and B.S. Liberal Arts graduates with last names beginning
Hoffmann through “Z”
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.
- Faculty Marshals will lead the Graduating Seniors forward on the sidewalks on each
side of the Quad to the crosswalk in front of State Farm Hall.
- The processional will then stop and Graduates will step to the outside of the sidewalk.
That provides a walkway so that the Mace Bearer (Professor Ferradns) and Platform
Party (led by President Jensen and Provost Brodl) can walk past you to the stage.
- Graduates stand in place while the Marshals lead the Faculty past you in a procession
of honor. Please feel free to share greetings with Faculty as they pass.
- Marshals then lead Graduates behind the Faculty and walk down a center aisle between
the chairs on the Quad. Senior Marshals will direct you to your seat in rows which
consist of 14 chairs on each side of the aisle.
- Remain standing until the Invocation is completed. It is customary that men remove
their caps during the Invocation.
CONFERRING OF DEGREES
- 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.
- Degrees are awarded in the order listed in the program: B.S.N., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E.,
B.A. and B.S., and to each graduate in the alphabetic order you are lined up. For
each degree, President Jensen will ask the group of students to rise, will confer
the degree, and will then ask the graduates receiving that degree to come forward
to receive their diplomas.
- The Marshals will direct you to the left (west) side of the Kemp Commencement Plaza
where your photograph will be taken by a professional photographer as you walk toward
him. You will walk up the ramp of the Kemp Plaza, give your name to the Reader (Provost Brodl or Associate Provost Duke), and walk towards President Jensen at the front of the stage as your name is announced.
- When you reach the President you shake his right hand and receive your diploma in
your left hand. Look at the President as you receive your diploma—your photograph
will be taken by the photographer.
- Follow the graduate in front of you to the rear of the Kemp Plaza, patting the "pineapple"
symbol of luck, and go down the right (east) ramp where the Alumni Office will give
you an alumni pin, and a third, posed photo will be taken.
- Marshals will then direct your route back to your chair.
- If by some chance you receive the wrong diploma tube, you can switch with the correct
person or contact Registrar Leslie Betz after the ceremony.
RECESSIONAL AND RECEPTION
After the ceremony ends, the Mace Bearer (Professor Ferradns) 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.