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Graduate Commencement Ceremony 2014
B. Knights and Setons will be helping you: Who are they?
C. What Happens When:
As you enter the gym and get your card, you will also receive a photographer's form and a pencil - fill out this form right away as you line up - we'll collect the pencils. After the ceremony is under way and when the Marshal directs you to go to the stage, take this completed form with you (in addition to the card with your name on it) and give the form to the professional photographers who will be taking a formal picture of you and then a picture of you with the President as you get your degree. Order forms and proofs (as well as an opportunity to purchase a copy of the video of the ceremony) will be sent to you from the information you provide on the form. You are under no obligation to purchase pictures but I can tell you that, in the past, the pictures have been excellent.
D. Our Academic Procession:
Graduates lined up behind Standards 7 through 12 will be sitting on the south side of the McCarthey main floor and will include the following degrees: in the School of Professional Studies, the rest of the M.A. in Communication and Leadership Je-Z, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, M.S. in Nursing, all of the M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language degrees, and the Ph.D. graduates. You might suggest that your family members sit on the north side of the McCarthey so that they see your face as you cross the stage to get your degree. I will be sending you another "thing" e-mail telling you these important details - we want you to feel very comfortable when you get to campus.
Have your guests check with the K & S ushers in McCarthey Athletic Center and they can tell your guests which is the north or south side.
C. (again) Back to What Happens:
F. The degrees will be awarded right after that.
G. OK - what to do when your name is read and you cross the stage to greet the president
H. At the end of the Commencement ceremony
Tips for everyone:
1. It can be a bit warm under gowns so dress in comfortable clothing.
2. Please do not leave anything in the gym of The Martin Centre during the ceremony as we have no security in there - leave purses, jackets, etc. with your family.
3. Remember, there are 4 component parts to your academic attire and each part is slippery so don’t lose any of them. Your gown goes on first. Ok, now the hood: this is a strange item. Our doctoral students get hooded on stage but for those of you receiving your Master's degree, here are the instructions for putting on the hood: The blue and white satin chevron part should be tucked in – if you pull it out you will find that the edges are not hemmed so push it back in!!! At the narrowest part of the hood – we call it the throat – there is a short black string – make sure that this string hangs down to your belly button (and not up to your nose). Grasp the throat of the hood by one hand (with string hanging down) and fling the rest of the hood over your shoulder and put your head up through the opening so that the throat ends up resting against your own throat. The string comes in handy now - if you have a button on the front of you (not your belly button), you can attach the string to the button and not have the hood strangle you as you sit. If you don't have a button, we will have some safety pins available and you can anchor the hood with a pin. Have a friend tweak the bottom wide portion of the velvet (as it hangs down your back) open so the blue and white chevron shows (these colors represent Gonzaga university). The colours of the velvet surrounding the hood represent your degree - white velvet for Arts, drab (yes, it is called drab - it is really cocoa brown) for Business, light blue for Education, orange for Engineering, apricot for Nursing, and lush dark blue for the Ph.D. hoods. Last, secure your tassel onto the top of the cap and put the cap on your head – with the tassel on your right at this point (don't move it to the left until you formally receive your degree - remember, shake, grab and flip!) - that's it.
4. We ask you not to wear leis, scarves, stoles, or any other symbols of love and affection from your family members on top of your academic attire. We ask that your family and friends wait until after the ceremony to present you with any of these items.
5. There is parking available on the south side of the McCarthey/Martin Centre as well as the upper campus.
6. If you are planning on going out to eat, you should think of making reservations right away as we have 3 Gonzaga ceremonies that weekend, and it is Mother's Day weekend.
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