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Wallace State 2014 Commencement Ceremony
During the 2013-2014 Commencement Ceremony President Dr. Vicki Karolewics shared the stories of students who represent the richness of the community college mission and the student experience at Wallace State.
Wallace State Men’s Basketball Team graduates - Marcus Johnson, Jestin Lewis, Sean Anthony, X-keem Jones, Cody Farley, Marcus Burwell and Quinterian McConico.
Wallace State’s men’s basketball team was a great success this past season. These seven players are champions on the court and were all key members of the Wallace State men’s team that won the 2014 ACCC/Region 22 tournament championship and advanced to the NJCAA Division I national tournament. The team finished with a 28-7 record, won 14 in a row during one stretch and won both the regular season and conference tournament championships, leading the Lions to their second state title in three seasons and third in the last five. Coach John Meeks is determined that one hundred percent of his players will graduate. Tonight, all of these young men have scholarship offers, and all are furthering their athletic careers at a university. So far, Marcus signed with Samford; Quinterian signed with Alabama A&M; Jestin signed with Mercer; and Cody signed with Lee University.
Robert Summerford graduates tonight as one of the most successful students to complete the Wallace State Diesel Technology program. Robert is Wallace State’s 2014 President’s Cup award winner, and he is one of the first students to earn both his Diesel Technology credential and the new Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology. At Wallace State, Robert has maintained a high grade point average while also working nights and weekends. Robert said his interest in diesel technology goes back to his days as a child when he grew up hanging out at his grandfather’s farm, helping his grandfather with the tractor. Having two job offers on the same day, Robert now works at Tractor and Equipment Company in Decatur, living his dream. Robert recently landed second place in the state’s SkillsUSA Diesel Technology competition. His instructor complimented Robert’s work ethic and desire to excel in all that he does.
As a non-traditional student in the Wallace State Nursing program, Brady O’Rear was more than a classmate to his fellow students. He served as a quintessential role model and fatherly example for all the classmates he influenced. Brady had worked his entire life at a local plant until it was shut down. Forced to consider retraining for a new profession, Brady decided he wanted to become a nurse and chose to attend Wallace State’s outstanding Nursing program. Brady said he wasn’t sure how well he would do as a new college student, but he nervously took the nursing entrance exam and the next thing he knew, he was sitting in a classroom full of young people, feeling all out of place. He graduates today with a perfect 4.0 GPA, but also leaves a solid example for other nursing students to emulate. Brady has conducted study groups for his classmates in his home and quietly assisted students where needed, always striving to be an advocate for them and the nursing program.
Jimmy Foster has continued the Foster legacy in the Wallace State Welding program, and he graduates tonight with outstanding credentials to enter the welding profession. Like his twin brother Joey, who also graduated from our Welding program in 2009 and was a SkillsUSA champion on the state and national levels, Jimmy Foster has found his niche as a welder. Jimmy recently earned first place in the 2014 SkillsUSA state competition and he will compete on the national level in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Jimmy is a graduate of J.B. Pennington and he landed a job at Birmingham Water Works right after high school, but he was inspired by the successful career Joey established as a certified welder and decided to make a career change. Jimmy has flourished while following in his brother’s footsteps, and he has completed his welding degree while also working 10-hour shifts at O’Neal Steel in Birmingham.
Business administration student Levi Ponder graduates tonight after being named one of only 50 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholars among qualified candidates from 38 states. Levi is a graduate of Vinemont High School, named to the All Alabama Academic Team, and recognized as a Gold Scholar in April at the Phi Theta Kappa National Convention. Levi earned scholarship funds as a Gold Scholar, which will be helpful as he transfers now to Auburn University where he plans to pursue an accounting degree. Levi’s service on campus will be missed. Along with his academic success, Levi has served as a strong example outside the classroom at Wallace State, participating in the college’s Student Government Association (SGA), as a Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) participant and as an ambassador for area high school students through Wallace State’s inaugural Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP).
The Fast Track Academy graduates - Mahaley Motzkus, Cady Smith, Cassandra Still, Kristi Davis, Morgan Batemon, Saranda Blythe, Jordan Fore, Falan Littleton, Christopher Smith
These students are among 28 high school students who graduated from our Fast Track Academy earlier this week. Fast Track is Wallace State’s intensive early college program, a national model marked by impressive student achievement.
Tonight, two weeks before receiving their high school diplomas, these students are graduating with a degree or certificate from Wallace State. Each of them plans to continue their education at a university next year. Collectively, this group has an average GPA of 3.7 and they have earned over 350 hours of college credit. This year’s talented group of Fast Track students have been awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to Auburn, UAH, UAB, UNA, Jacksonville State, and Athens State, to name a few. There is even a National Merit Scholar among the 28 graduates, many of whom are graduating in the top 10 of their high school class, including a class valedictorian.
Andrea Micelli, Dyer Jones, Shelby O’Brien, Paul Minda, Justin Johnson.
These students are among a multi-talented group of singers, concert choir members and theatre actors – all performing in multiple roles – who have brought incredible beauty into our lives during their time here. Those of attended the amazing tribute to the Beatles they put on recently under the direction of Tiffany Richter and last fall’s theatre performance of Shrek The Musical, directed by Lauren Cantrell, know exactly how good this group is. As Wallace State pursues its vision to be a regional center reputed for its support of high caliber fine and performing arts, the commitment and talents of these students and have helped us to achieve that vision. Their leadership and enthusiasm ensures that their legacy will live on in the next class of performers.
Kevin Dutton didn’t like going to school. He disliked it so much that he dropped out in the tenth grade. He subsequently earned his GED and began working a long string of manual labor jobs, and during that time of his life, going to college was the very last thing on his mind. One of those jobs, however, led to an injury that left him with no use of his dominant right hand. Losing his job because of the injury was a final blow. During his rehabilitation, Kevin was inspired by the therapists who helped him, and considering his employment options for the future, Kevin decided that helping others who needed rehabilitative treatment was something he wanted to do. He entered Wallace State’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program, where he applied himself as he never did in high school. After never having achieved straight A’s throughout his high school career, Kevin was ecstatic to find his name for the first time on the prestigious President’s List. He had renewed hope that he had made the right choice for a new career.
Eric Vaughn admits he wasted his first chance for a college education. After graduating high school 18 years ago, he began his college journey at the University of North Alabama, majoring in music. He took his first drink in college. That drink, bad decisions, and unhealthy friendships led him quickly down the path of substance abuse and addiction. He dropped out of the university and eventually entered the Air Force where he excelled in Special Ops, even in the throes of addiction. Superiors who knew he had a problem protected him because he was good at what he did and they liked him. Privately, though, they began to encourage him to go to rehab. He decided instead to leave the Air Force honorably, and to continue his high.
The next several years were a blur, filled with all the horrible things that often accompany addictions, such as various stages of homelessness, job trouble, legal trouble, relationship trouble, and his first overdose. The miracle was that along the way he met his wife Patty, and she stuck by him and never stopped trying to help him. The turning point came when he overdosed …for the second time. Then he knew, it was change or die. He had lost the entire decade of his 20s, and more than a year of his oldest son’s life, and he realized he didn't want to miss another minute of his life nor especially of the lives of his wife and beautiful child. Treatment at Bradford was a turning point. A new job allowed him to return to college, in the evenings at first. Eric said it was Patty who acted as his compass, pointing him in the direction of pursuing his education again, supporting and encouraging him, and working full time while he finished his degree. (Patty is a Wallace State alumna, who works as a lab tech in Birmingham.) His sons, John William, 8, and Tyler, now 1 1/2, have been his inspiration. They are all here tonight, along with his parents, who were surprised and delighted to see Eric’s picture on the cover of our spring schedule.
Eric is a member of the Wallace State jazz and concert bands, and tonight he graduates with a degree in music education. He was awarded two scholarships to continue his education at UAB. He plans to earn his master’s degree in music and to teach. He never wanted anyone to think of him as a former addict but, as a man of faith, and with the transformational experience of not only having persevered but of having excelled in higher education, he realized that if he could help even one person going through something similar to know there is hope for those who want it, then his is a story worth telling.
Sabrina Russell got an early taste of Wallace State as a dual enrollment student at Fairview in 2011 and 2012, and she graduates tonight with a perfect 4.0 GPA and as a softball national champion. Sabrina’s focus has always been razor sharp. As a junior and senior at Fairview, Sabrina’s family suffered some financial hardships when her father became very ill and was admitted to the hospital. Throughout those worrisome times, Sabrina still maintained perfect grades and an excellent performance in high school and was able to land an Academic Excellence Scholarship to Wallace State. She never missed a beat once she was fully on campus. Sabrina has been named to the President’s List each semester she has been a full-time student, maintaining a perfect GPA in challenging classes like calculus and physics. Sabrina also walked on to the Wallace State softball team before the 2013 season and became a national champion as a freshman last May when the Lady Lions earned their second national title. As a sophomore this season, Sabrina hit .300 with 31 RBIs and finished tied for first on the team with 23 doubles as the Lady Lions went 44-26 and earned their 9th consecutive ACCC North Division title. Sabrina graduates with an associate in science degree.
Rosa Lee Aderhold.
Rosa Lee Aderhold graduates after maintaining a 3.9 GPA at Wallace State and being named one of two All-Alabama Academic Team Scholars. Rosa is graduating with an associate degree in general studies and plans to transfer to UAB, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. Rosa is a 2012 graduate of Hayden High School.
Joshua Nash might be best described as a go-getter.
Joshua took it upon himself to charter the new Circle K Club on campus. That may sound like an easy task, but it took a lot of work and dedication. He has worked since the Spring 2013 semester to grow the membership of the club in order to form the charter; a task he completed shortly before the end of this semester.
While growing the club, Joshua and his fellow Circle K members worked on outreach programs in the community. They presented Christmas cards to Hanceville Nursing Home resident and sent Christmas cards to troops. They partnered with the Cullman Kiwanis Club for the Children’s Hospital Run/Walk event held here on campus to raise money for Children’s Hospital. They participated in the Earth Day Clean Up and in several other events in the community. The club is also working with the Wallace State Student Government Association to plan group projects.
While at Wallace State, Joshua has maintained a GPA of at least 3.5. He received a Super Scholar Transfer Scholarship to the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he will major in Civil and Mechanical Engineering. He will be working in the UAH SMAP (Systems Management and Production) Center in the fall and will be working at Redstone Arsenal with the SWAP (Students Working in the Army in Parallel) program.
“I have my advisor Mrs. Renee Quick to thank for getting me the job at the SMAP Center,” Joshua said. “If she had not introduced me to Mr. Edwin Guthrie, I would never had had the opportunity to work on the Redstone Arsenal. I thank God every day for the all the teachers, faculty and staff at Wallace State for all they have done to prepare me for future academic endeavors.”
Jenny Daily has been described as a “rare gem,” as someone who will excel at anything she puts her mind to, all because of her personal diligence and perseverance.
Jenny didn’t necessarily need to go back to college. She already had a degree in business marketing with a specialization in financial management. She had been working in real estate asset management and was fairly successful. But there was something missing, she said. When she thought of doing that same job 10 years into the future, it didn’t feel like what she was meant to do.
Without a magic looking glass at her disposal, Jenny began a year of research to discover what she was meant to do with her life. Describing it as an epic battle between logic and emotion, Jenny said the research led her to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program here at Wallace State.
Jenny worked a full-time job logging 50 hours a week while she took classes online and at night to finish the pre-requisite courses before applying to the OTA program. The OTA program was the only one she applied for despite, she said, thinking it was never smart to put all our eggs in one basket. “But in this case, it was the only basket I cared about,” she said.
She quit her 50-hour a week job, but worked two part-time jobs while in the OTA program, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and participated in the college’s Occupational Therapy Association, served as its president, and led the class in several service projects.
“Jenny has this way of calming people and motivating them to strive for excellence simultaneously — a rare quality and one that makes a good leader,” said Allen Keener, program director of the Wallace State OTA program.
Jenny remembers hearing the quote: "Its a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together." She said that is EXACTLY how she feels about her new career. “I am so thankful to have this second chance at a career that I am very passionate about” Jenny said. “I feel like I am making a difference in other people's lives for the first time and that is amazing to me.”
Well, Jenny, we find you pretty amazing, too, and we’re proud to call you an alumni of Wallace State Community College.
Kathleen Buford grew up in family deeply rooted in tradition. One of those traditions was that women were meant to stay at home and care for the family. They didn’t need to go to school and get an education. Her mother never worked or even drove a car. Her father was a veteran of Korean and Vietnam wars, but never graduated from high school.
At 55 years old, Kathleen is starting a new tradition by becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree as she graduates with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Her road her has not been easy. Along with breaking out of the rusty chains of tradition, Kathleen had to work out some issues of her own. After surviving very abusive relationships, she found herself as a single mother to two toddlers and a teenager. Luckily, she met her very own prince charming and found a job where her employers encouraged her dream to become a nurse.
Kathleen hopes to be Hospice nurse and to go on mission trips to help others.
She gave us the ultimate compliment when she said, “I also believe that the passion Wallace State staff has for their students has brought me here today.”
We would classify Tammie Logston as one of non-traditional students, but she is also extraordinary in how she faced drastic change in her life.
As the mother of two grown children for whom she’d been a stay-at-home mom all of their lives, she found herself at a crossroads when her marriage of more than 20 years ended in divorce. This paradigm shift occurred at the same time as one of her children graduated high school and was applying to colleges. With bills to pay, Tammie decided she too needed to plan for the future and that an education was the way to start.
Tammie applied to Wallace State’s Medical Assistant program and came back to school after more than 30 years out of the classroom. It wasn’t easy, she said. Along with her schoolwork and family obligations, Tammi held down a job at a local grocery store.
Luckily, Tammie had access to our PAVES program. PAVES stands for Partnership for Accelerated Learning through Visualization, Engagement and Simulation. For those who choose to participate in the program, it provides one year of free life-coaching so that students can develop study skills, manage their time and have someone to call when they have questions or just need to talk things out.
Tammie’s coach, Jill Strickland, said she is extremely proud of all that Tammie has accomplished and that it was so rewarding to see Tammie grow and regain her self-esteem and confidence.
Congratulations, Tammie. We’re proud of you as well and wish you the best as you start your career as a Medical Assistant.
Tianna Auston is graduating tonight with a degree in Criminal Justice, and she’s well on her way to achieving her dream of being a police officer. She was a recipient of a Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Excellence in Criminal Justice scholarship, which allowed her to intern at the Cullman County Detention Center.
Tianna was influenced to become a police officer by the School Resource Officer at Cold Springs High School. Unfortunately, that wasn’t her first introduction to law enforcement.
Before she and her brother were adopted, Tianna grew up in a home with parents who more interested in getting drunk and high than they were in caring for their young children. She said they would be dropped off on neighbors’ porches with a note saying they would be back later. When they did come back home, they were usually intoxicated and abusive to each other and their children if they cried.
Fortunately, she and her brother were adopted and enjoyed a normal life as kids growing up in the country. They played sports at school and Tianna joined the band. As she and her brother are Hispanic, Tianna said they did suffer from bullying from unfeeling classmates who liked to make jokes, telling them to go back to Mexico or asking how they jumped the border.
Tragedy struck in her senior year of high school when her adoptive father was killed in a car accident. She said the incident has caused a rift in her family, but she continued with her goal to be a police officer. She helped support herself by mowing yards. She is a member of Pi Theta Kappa and has been on the President’s List on multiple occasions.
Tianna, with the determination you have shown already in your short life, we have no doubt you will achieve your goals to a be a police officer. Good luck.
His story sounds almost like the fairy tale of Jack and the Bean Stalk, but in this case, the boy sold cattle not for a handful of beans, but for an education.
Cade Cooper paid his way through the Wallace State Occupational Therapy program by raising cattle. His grandfather gifted him with some cash when he was 13 years old and he used it to purchase a cow and a calf. He eventually sold the calf and the cow had another calf. He sold those to make enough money to buy another cow and so on.
Six years later, because of his diligence and frugality, he saved enough money to pay his way through school without having to work and could devote his time to academic excellence. His dedication to his studies and merit in the clinical arena arises from a dream long ago to help those who are unable to help themselves.
Cade, it’s clear you are a determined young man and we’re proud of your accomplishments.
Katy Roberts Gentry.
Katy Roberts Gentry didn’t let rejection detract her from her goal to be an occupational therapy assistant.
Katy said she’s known since she was a sophomore in high school that she wanted to be an occupational therapy assistant, and she chose Wallace State because she’d heard so many wonderful things about the program and was determined to be a part of it.
Unfortunately, the program can accept only so many students each semester and after applying for the program in April 2012 she was not accepted. She was devastated, she said, and thought she was letting her newborn child down. Her mother reassured her that God had a plan and her entry into the program wasn’t meant to be at that time.
Katy didn’t give up. She applied again the next spring and was accepted.
It wasn’t easy, Katy said. There were many nights of tears, many prayers and frustration because she didn’t think she could do it. She felt bad about telling her son she couldn’t play with him sometimes because she had to study. It was more difficult because her husband was also in college at the same time.
Luckily, the pair had the support of family. They all lived with her parents and younger brother. That had its moments, too, she said. “Being a mother and wife all while living with your parents is a hard thing to do,” she said. But she is grateful. “My parents were definitely the biggest help that I could have asked for. They helped with everything you can imagine!”
While it was hard, Katy said she knew she had to work hard to better herself and to start a career, not only for me herself but for here child.
“At times, I wondered why Mr. Keener and Ms. Hyatt pushed me so hard but they knew that I could do it,” Katy said. “In the end, I’m so glad that they did because I am here today walking across this stage receiving my diploma!”
Susan Ann Sanderson.
When we sent out requests for stories about our graduates, one of those responding didn’t want recognition for themselves, but for the family that supported them as they worked toward their goal.
That’s not to say that Susan Ann Anderson doesn’t deserve some recognition for what she’s done. Afterall, she’s a45-year-old mother of four children and earned her nursing degree. Before entering Wallace State four years ago, she suffered the loss of her son, Victor, as well that of her mother.
Susan gives God the credit for calling her to become a nurse and giving her strength, but her rock, she said, has been her husband, and her children served as inspiration.
“My family has supported me throughout this journey and I feel that they deserve as much recognition as I can give,” Susan said. “I am blessed to have such a wonderful family, and I want them to know that they are my world and I love them so.”
On Oct. 14, 2008, April Blackmon found her reason to earn a college degree. That was the day her daughter Gracie was born, changing April’s life forever.
Bur more change was to come, and not all for the better. Before Gracie was out of diapers, April found herself a single mother with no support from her daughter’s father. Thankfully, April had a wonderful family who loves and helps them in any way they can.
She decided to go back to school to be able to provide for her daughter and to be a role model for her.
A few months after enrolling in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Wallace State, April lost her job. She found another job, but it also ended. Fortunately, she was able to continue her education. She and Gracie have been living with April’s grandparents in order to make her dream come true.
“I have missed out on a lot with daughter so that I could be at school or to study,” April said. “Even though I haven’t been able to spend as much time with her as I should, finishing school is the best decision I could make for our lives.”
Graduation Application Deadlines
- Spring Semester 2014 - December 2, 2013
- Summer Semester 2014 - May 16, 2014
- Fall Semester 2014 - August 15, 2014
Graduation applications are valid one year from semester submitted. Please complete a new application if one year has elapsed.
Candidate for Graduation:
Congratulations on completing your degree requirements for graduation. We know this is an exciting time for you.
When is Commencement Rehearsal?
Commencement rehearsal will be held in the Tom Drake Coliseum. It is important that you attend. Check the Wallace State calendar for rehearsal date.
What if I am unable to attend Commencement rehearsal?
Commencement rehearsal is not mandatory. However, we strongly encourage graduates to attend. If you are unable to attend rehearsal, please make plans to pick up your cap and gown at Lion Central by Thursday, May 8th. Any caps and gowns not picked up on May 8th will be in the coliseum on the day of Commencement.
How much is my cap and gown?
The cost of your cap and gown is included in your graduation fee. There is no additional cost to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
When will I pick up my cap & gown?
Caps and gowns will be distributed in the Coliseum following commencement rehearsal on May 2nd. Graduates unable to attend commencement rehearsal must pick up their cap and gown at Lion Central in the Bailey Center lobby by Thursday, May 8, 2013. Caps and gowns not picked up will be in the coliseum on the day of Commencement.
What do I do on the day of Commencement?
Don’t forget your cap, gown, tassel, hood, and honor cords!! Graduates should arrive at the Coliseum no later than 4:45pm. Graduates must pick up their name card at the coliseum ticket booth. If graduating with honor, honor cords will be picked up at this time. All graduates must begin lining up on the coliseum concourse at 5:00pm. Signs will be posted to direct graduates to the appropriate line.
Can I sit with anyone?
Graduates will be grouped by their degree. The Blue group is all Associate in Applied Science (except nursing and technical) and all other health programs. The Orange group is nursing (LPN and ADN), all technical programs, and all Associate in Science/Art. Students may sit with anyone in their assigned group.
What is appropriate attire for Commencement?
Women: Wear a dress that doesn’t show below the gown. Hosiery and dark shoes are recommended. Men: Wear dress slacks, dress shirt, and dark shoes. Please do not wear tennis shoes or flip-flops.
What are proper graduation regalia?
Proper graduation regalia consist of a gown, cap, and WSCC approved hoods, stoles, honor cords and tassels. Graduates receiving an Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, or an Associate in Applies Science will receive and should wear a hood. Graduates receiving a certificate do not wear a hood. Any pin, cord, or tassel unauthorized by Wallace State is not allowed.
When do I pick up my honor cords?
Students graduating with honor will receive cords to wear during the commencement ceremony. There are three honor distinctions: summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. These cords will be distributed in the Coliseum ticket booth along with graduates’ name cards on the day of Commencement.
Will pictures be available?
Yes, Village Photographers will be at the ceremony taking pictures. On the day of Commencement, photographers will be set up in the coliseum taking professional portraits. These portraits can include family members and/or friends. Village Photographers will also be taking pictures of each graduate as they shake hands with Dr. Hawsey, WSCC President, and as they exit the stage. These free proofs will be mailed to each graduate’s home. Feel free to contact Village Photographers at 800-444-7427.
Where do I pick up my diploma?
Diplomas will be available for pickup in the Wellness Center immediate following the Commencement ceremony. If you still have additional classes to take during the summer, your diploma will be ready for pickup ten days after final exams at Lion Central.
When do the doors open for Commencement?
The coliseum will be open to graduates and their guests at 2:30pm.
How many guests can I bring to Commencement?
We do not limit the number of guest graduates invite or bring. College graduation is a huge honor and we want you to celebrate with as many guests as you choose.
I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa. How do I order my tassel and stole?
Members must order their gold stole and gold tassel through Phi Theta Kappa’s online store at http://store.ptk.org. There will also be a notation next to your name in the Commencement program.
I am a member of Sigma Kappa Delta. How do I order my honor cords?
Members must order their gold and green honor cords through Sally Warren. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 256-352-8006. There will also be a notation next to your name in the Commencement program.
I am a member of Mu Alpha Theta. How do I order my honor cords?
Members must order their blue and gold honor cords through Krystal Beasley. Contact her at email@example.com or at 256-352-8164. There will also be a notation next to your name in the Commencement program.
I have served or am currently serving in the Armed Forces. How do I receive my patriotic honor cords?
Honorably discharged veterans and currently enlisted graduates will be recognized with a patriotic honor cord to wear at the Commencement ceremony. Please contact Lisa Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 256-352-8052 to order your cords.
Additional Commencement Information
Placing the graduation cap
Position your cap so the top is flat or parallel to the ground. Put the tassel on the right side of the cap (it will be moved in unison to the left side during the ceremony).
Proper stage etiquette
When you walk on stage to receive your diploma, hand your card (to be picked up at the ticket booth before the ceremony) to the announcer. Your name and major will be read.
Name cards are given out at the coliseum ticket booths as graduates check in. Name cards are to be given to the announcer so he can announce your name and major. If your name is hard to pronounce, write the phonetic spelling of your name on the name card.
Pronouncing difficult names
If you have a name that is difficult to pronounce or is commonly mispronounced, please whisper your name to the announcer so that it can be pronounced correctly.
After the Commencement Ceremony
In order to prevent congestion following the ceremony, we ask that you use any available exit door and plan to have your guests meet you at a predetermined place outside of the Coliseum.
The Commencement Ceremony is a time of honor and reverence and a special time for our graduates and their guests. We ask that you refrain from talking or moving excessively during the ceremony.
Invitations & Class Rings
Custom invitations for graduation and official class rings will be ordered at the graduation fair. Generic invitations will be available for purchase in the campus bookstore.
Congratulations again on your accomplishment! We look forward to seeing you at the graduation commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9.
Graduation rehearsal will be held in the Tom Drake Coliseum. Please check the calendar for rehearsal date. Graduates unable to attend graduation rehearsal must pick up their cap and gown at Lion Central in the Bailey Center lobby by Thursday, May 8, 2013. Caps and gowns not picked up will be in the coliseum on the day of Commencement.
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