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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Commencement 2014

When is the Commencement ceremony, where is it held, and when is it over?

The Graduate Student Commencement ceremony (for those students who will be receiving a Masters or a PhD. degree) is always held on the Saturday of the Mother's Day Weekend and for this coming year it will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Graduates must be in the gym of The Charlotte Y. Martin Centre (this building is the west end of the overall sports complex) in their academic attire no later than 4:00 p.m. and this is a good time for guests to arrive and take their seats in the McCarthey Center. The ceremony begins with an academic procession at 4:40 p.m. and the speaking part of the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. Ample seating is available, including disabled seating.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to the ceremony, and no tickets are needed for admission. We estimate that the ceremony will be over at 6:30 p.m. and it is followed by a social held on the south lawn of The Martin Centre. The social is a time for graduates to hug, kiss, take photographs, introduce their families to favorite faculty members - we expect the social will be over by about 7:45 p.m.

Is there a Baccalaureate Mass and who may attend?

The Baccalaureate Mass is for Seniors and Graduate students (you do not have to be Catholic to attend this Mass - everyone of every faith tradition is welcome) and it will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.  It will begin at 1:30 p.m. and we anticipate that the Mass will be over at 3:00 p.m.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish and tickets are not required for admission. Students wear their academic attire for the Mass and line up in the gym of The Martin Centre at 1:00 p.m.

Do graduate students need to attend rehearsal and when and where is it held?

I know that getting to the Gonzaga campus for a rehearsal a day or two before Commencement could be a hardship for some students - especially those off-campus students having to travel a great distance to get here. Please read the Rehearsal Information section which will give you detailed instructions of most things that you will need to know for Commencement.  If you have questions after you have read this section, please feel free to contact me.  No matter what, we will see you at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, in the gym of The Martin Centre and we will stay with you every step of the way.

Is the Dean going to pronounce my name properly as I cross the stage?

The Deans all hope and pray that they pronounce every name properly and they practice with the large stack of name cards for a month prior to Commencement. If you have a wonderful and unusual name, you could make it easier on the Deans by giving them a simple way to pronounce your name. Please bear in mind that the pronunciation explanations at the bottom of the page in the dictionary do not readily come to mind to a Dean who is having to read many names.

How do I order academic attire and if I can't get here in time, may someone else pick up my academic attire?

We will be writing you by mail and e-mail (and yes, we will be using your Gonzaga e-mail address!!!) all through the fall about applying to graduate and ordering your academic attire. In early December you will receive order forms from CEWard-National (our agents for academic attire) and I encourage you to order your cap and gown in a timely manner. The gowns are made in a factory in Virginia and delivered to Gonzaga for distribution in early May. There will be five opportunities for you to pick up your cap and gown in the week before Commencement. If you can't be here to get the cap and gown yourself, you may ask someone else to do this for you and that person does not need a note from you to pick up the attire.

Photographs at Commencement - can family members take them and will there be a professional photographer?

Family and friends may approach the stage and take pictures or a video; we ask everyone to be aware of other photographers and audience viewing. There will be a professional photographic team that will be taking a formal picture of every graduate as well as a candid shot. Order forms will be sent to the graduate during the summer from Image Studios in Moscow, Idaho 208.882.5594. You are under no obligation to order the pictures but I can tell you that, in the past, the pictures have been very good.  A video copy will be offered for sale at the same time that you receive picture proofs.

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