Congratulations! You are near the completion of your studies and are eligible for graduation from Manchester University in 2015.
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SENIORS
BACCALAUREATE, Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium
Meet at 10:15 a.m. in Wampler Auditorium to robe and assemble for the processional march to Cordier.
COMMENCEMENT, Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC).
Meet at 1:45 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium to put on robe and assemble for the traditional processional march to the PERC. You will receive additional instructions for Commencement day in early May.
Attendance at Commencement is required and allows you and others who have supported you to celebrate this important moment in your life. If you are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony you must request permission in advance from the vice president and dean for academic affairs before Commencement in order to graduate in absentia. For information, please contact Kathrine Dwyer.
During the Commencement, the president of the Alumni Association welcomes the graduating class into the Alumni Association. A member of the graduating class then speaks. The student speaker is selected by a committee including the president, vice president and dean for academic affairs, dean for student development, and faculty representatives from each division. Students graduating summa or magna cum laude, those who have received prestigious academic awards, or are the recipient of the Student Leadership Award are among those eligible for selection. If you have any questions regarding this process, contact Karen Brace at ext. 5050 or KKBrace@manchester.edu.
LUNCH OPTIONS FOR SUNDAY, May 17
A special graduation day luncheon will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jo Young Switzer Center Haist Commons. The menu is all-you-care-to-eat. Details about the menu and pricing will be made available as the information becomes available.
If parents or guests coming to Commencement need overnight accommodations, please see the suggested list of accommodations here.
CAP AND GOWN
The Campus Store will communicate about ordering your cap and gown. Make sure you try on your cap and gown before the day of Commencement.
When worn properly, the mortarboard cap should be level on top. It is also advisable to take your gown out of the packaging and hang it up a few days before Commencement to release it of wrinkles. Contact Heather Gochenaur at the Campus Store for more information before ordering.
GRADUATION PLEDGE ALLIANCE
Manchester University has a long history of supporting the graduation pledge, a voluntary affirmation of the signers’ commitment to consider the environmental and social impact of whatever work they choose to pursue. Each year, 50-60% of the graduating class signs the pledge and wears a green ribbon in recognition of that commitment.
We invite you to consider signing the graduation pledge yourself. This year, unlike previous years, you can sign the pledge online. We ask that you sign the pledge before May 8 to ensure we have enough ribbons for all signers. The pledge reads:
“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”
Click here to learn more about Manchester University's history with the pledge.
Each student will be photographed as his/her diploma is presented by the president of the University. Information will be sent to the student's home following Commencement. Each student will receive a free proof and the opportunity to purchase additional copies. There is no obligation to purchase these pictures.
In addition, professional DVDs of Baccalaureate and Commencement will be prepared for a cost of $10 each and can be purchased online via the website.
THE ALUMNI OFFICE often receives the question of whether a graduate can be included in reunions of a class other than the one they are graduating with. The answer is yes. Please let the Alumni Office know with which class you want to be listed, and they will be happy to include you in those mailings. For more information please contact Mindy Martynowicz.
Manchester University is dedicated to the success of our graduates, and the Office of Career Services (OCS) is here to help! Alumni can utilize career services any time by appointment. Please contact Betty Butterbaugh.
Be sure to complete or make arrangements for the completion of all requirements, duties, and the payment of all outstanding bills with Student Financial Services before Commencement. Graduates who have not completed their academic work by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, or who have not submitted the signed diploma release, will receive only a diploma cover on Sunday. The diploma will be sent after requirements have been completed. If you have questions about the completion of academic requirements, please contact the registrar.
Some family health insurance plans end coverage of adult children at the time of their college graduation. We advise you to examine your family plan NOW regarding coverage following graduation.
Best wishes as you approach this milestone!