January 2, 2017

TO:                  Graduating Seniors, Master’s Degree Students,
                        and Doctoral Degree Candidates in the
                        College of Sciences and Humanities


FROM:           Jeffry D. Grigsby, Interim Dean
                       Susan M. Johnson, Associate Dean
                       Clare Chatot, Acting Associate Dean
                       Kevin E. Smith, Interim Associate Dean

       RE:          Spring Commencement Information


Although spring graduation is still a few weeks away, now is the time to start planning for the event.  All graduating seniors and Master’s Degree candidates from the College of Sciences and Humanities will meet on Campus Drive (near Lucina Hall), at 9:00 a.m. on Commencement Day, Saturday, May 6.  Candidates will line up behind the College of Sciences and Humanities sign. Doctoral Degree candidates will meet in the east lobby of Lucina Hall.  After everyone is in place, the Academic Procession will proceed to the Arts Terrace for the all-university ceremony.

After the all-university ceremony, graduating seniors and Master’s Degree candidates will recess to attend their own college exercises which will begin approximately 30 minutes later except for the College of Sciences and Humanities ceremony which will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. in Worthen Arena.

When you reach Worthen Arena, please enter the building through Gate 3, turn immediately to your left, and line up on the concourse between aisles 2 and 6.  You should line-up by your department’s sign.  Name cards will be given out during line-up the day of the ceremony by the chairperson of your department. Once the lines are ready, graduates will proceed to the floor of the Arena. 

Each graduate will walk across the platform during the College ceremony and will be greeted by the Dean or Associate Dean.  Graduates will be directed by Faculty and Junior Marshals for the march across the platform.  Graduates will receive diploma covers and diplomas will be mailed after graduation has been certified.

A photographer will be present to take individual pictures as you leave the platform.  We respectfully request that you remain seated with other graduates from your department until all have received their diploma covers.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will recess, by department, and may then join their friends and family.

If you are in a wheelchair or find it inconvenient to march across the platform, please notify Angie Cravens at 285-1689, in the Commencement Office as soon as possible.  Arrangements will be made for you to participate.  Any other questions can be directed to Terri Milbourn in the Dean's Office at 285-1042.

Rain Information:

In the event of rain, the main ceremony will move to Worthen Arena at 10:00 a.m. with limited seating.  Undergraduate and master’s degree students will enter Worthen Arena through upper level gates 1 and 2 starting at 9:00 a.m. and proceed to aisles 4, 5, and 6 and be seated per instructions by signs and arena workers.  Faculty, doctoral and specialist in education degree candidates, and the platform party will line up at Lower Level, Gate 1 in Worthen Arena. 

After the conclusion of the main ceremony, the College of Sciences and Humanities ceremony will then begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. also in Worthen Arena.

During the week of commencement, and if the weather becomes uncertain, please view the website at www.bsu.edu for detailed information.  Radio stations carrying weather-related information include WBST, 92.1 FM, and WLBC, 104.1 FM and 1320 AM.  Please listen after 7:00 a.m.  You may also call the Commencement Office at 765-285-1689; Campus Information at 765-289-1241; or University Police at 765-285-1111 for further information in the event of inclement weather. 

The Dean and his staff offer congratulations to you on your upcoming graduation. 

We hope the day will be very special for you.