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The information that follows is a general explanation of procedures during normal commencement ceremonies, year after year.
Faculty, Administrators, and Classified Staff are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony each year to help celebrate the culmination of the academic year and our students' achievements. Participants sit with BOT members and the President on stage, facing the graduates and the audience.
The President's Office usually sends out an official invite to the Campus Community during the first week of May.
Faculty, Administrators, and staff must RSVP if they plan to participate in the procession. An RSVP link will be provided on the invitation.
Meeting Place to line up for procession: Classified Lounge, Rm 1340
Time: 5:30 p.m. in your cap and gown (25 minutes to get ready and line up in pairs with other 80 people)
Start of Procession: 5:55 p.m. following the BOT procession
Route of Procession: Starts in the north side of 1300 building, then passes in front of the Financial Aid Building waving at the graduates in the Quad, then makes a U-turn before reaching the Student Activities Center and walks south down the Campus Mall to the Library Plaza.
End time: The Ceremony usually ends around 8 p.m., depending on the number of students who participate.
Recession: At the end of the ceremony, the Platform party, comprised of the BOT, President, Faculty, Administrators and staff, should form a corridor/pathway (facing each other) along the campus mall, between the 1600 and the 1500 buildings (the same route used for the procession). Graduates will walk down this corridor to say goodbye to their professors.
This will direct the audience to head down the campus mall to the north side of campus, toward the Student Activities Center.
Reception after Ceremony: Everyone is invited to attend a free reception, sponsored by ASNVC, in the Student Activities Center, Bldg. 900. This is a great opportunity to congratulate students and meet their families.