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Information for Graduates

Day/Date/Time Event Location
Sunday, April 17, 2011, 1 p.m. Honors Convocation Sherman Center
Friday, April 29, 2011, 7 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony Sherman Center
Saturday, April 30, 2011,10 a.m. Baccalaureate Sherman Center
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 1 p.m. Commencement Corn Palace

1.
  ATTENDANCE AT COMMENCEMENT is expected for any student who completes requirements during the fall semester, spring semester, or summer sessions of the 2010-11 academic year. There is no summer commencement ceremony.
   
2.
  EXCUSED ABSENCE is granted to a person who, due to extenuating circumstances, is unable to attend the commencement ceremony. Please submit a written request (including reasons) to the provost (campus box 925) for permission to graduate in absentia.
   
3.
  DIPLOMAS: Due to the timing of finals schedule and graduation, diplomas will be mailed to you after grades have been posted and completion of courses and requirements are confirmed. Students will receive a diploma cover at Commencement and diplomas will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you need to change this address, please notify the registrar’s office in writing. In case of summer completion, the diploma is held until the coursework is completed.
   
4.
  COURSEWORK AND REQUIREMENTS must be successfully completed before the ceremony. Students who fail courses or who receive incompletes in work required for graduation will also receive a diploma cover at Commencement and will receive their diploma when coursework and all other requirements have been completed.
   
5.
  FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS to the college must be met before candidacy for a degree is complete. Students with outstanding bills at the time of graduation cannot participate in the Commencement ceremonies, do not receive their diplomas, and cannot receive a transcript of your grades. If you have questions about your financial status, please contact the business office at 995-2693.
   
6.
  CAPS AND GOWNS may be picked up after April 1 and the completion of your exit interview by presenting your exit interviewer’s business card at the Campus Bookstore. Students should pick up their caps and gowns no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 5 p.m. Corsages may not be worn on the academic gown. Phi Kappa Phi ribbons and honors society pins are allowed. The caps and gowns are yours to keep after the ceremony. Tassels are to be worn on the right. Bachelor of Arts candidates will be asked to move their tassels to the left AFTER degrees have been conferred.
   
7.
  PERSONALIZED GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS are available at www.excition.com.
   
Ceremonies
8.
 

BACCALAUREATE is a traditional worship service associated with graduation. All graduates, their families, and guests are invited to attend. Baccalaureate will be held at the Sherman Center 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Students should meet in the Village at 9:30 a.m. in caps and gowns.

COMMENCEMENT will be held at the Corn Palace at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 30, 2011. All graduates, their families, and guests are invited to attend. Students should meet in the City Armory (adjacent to the Corn Palace) at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, in caps and gowns. With the aid of Ms. Jerry Luckett, the Assistant Faculty Marshal, and the Junior Marshals, the graduates will be lined up for procession into the Corn Palace. Graduates process in single file and the Marshals will direct seating. There is no rehearsal for the ceremony.

   
9.
  SEATING for faculty, administrators, students, and other participants will be reserved at both Baccalaureate and Commencement. Seating at the Corn Palace is ample so no other reserved sections are designated. There is no restriction on number of guests per graduate.
   
10.
  HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY—The Corn Palace main floor is handicapped accessible. The City Armory elevator is located on the north side of the Armory and can be reached directly from the parking lot behind the Corn Palace. Please call Emily in the academic affairs office (995-2645) if you have members of your party who need other special accommodations.
     
Best wishes for successful completion of your graduation requirements!
Please contact Emily at 995-2645 or emgeorge@dwu.edu
if you have any additional questions.
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