Information for Family and Visitors
to Winter Undergraduate Commencement
Dec. 12, 2015
Inclement Weather Notification
about commencement will be available on Hotline (477‑1200) beginning Dec. 11,
and will be updated as needed. Final information will be available by 7 a.m.
Dec. 12. Hotline, the university’s website and the university’s Facebook and
Twitter accounts are the official sources of information about commencement.
- Tickets — No tickets are
required to attend the ceremony. Visitors are asked to be seated no later than
10:30 a.m. This will help ensure a smooth start to the program. Seating is on
bleachers without backs, though a limited number of chairs with backs are
available on the floor behind the graduates.
- Parking — Parking will be
restricted to designated areas. University Police will direct family and guests
to parking areas. Handicap parking will be available behind the field house.
- Admission — Doors to the field
house arena open at 9 a.m. for guests. Light refreshments will be available.
The academic procession begins promptly at 11 a.m.; the ceremony should end by
- Guests with special needs —
Graduating students should make arrangements for seating for guests with
special needs by contacting the Office of University Communications and
Marketing in writing by Dec. 4. Please include the
guest's name and the name of one person who will sit with him/her. Please
indicate the specific special need and if your guest will use a wheelchair. An
interpreter (signer) will be at the ceremony. To contact the office, please
send an e-mail to SUnews@ship.edu. THIS REQUEST MUST COME FROM THE GRADUATE.
- Alternate viewing sites — The
ceremony will be broadcast off-campus via the Comcast cable system.
- Restrooms — Restroom facilities
are limited. The Ceddia Union Building will be open for restroom facilities.
- University Store — Store hours
Dec. 12 are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Photographs —
Family and guests are not allowed to approach the stage to photograph graduates.
A roster with each graduate’s name and address will
be sent to Grad Images whose professional photographer will photograph
each graduate as he or she receives congratulations from President Harpster.
The firm will contact the graduates by mail concerning interest in purchasing
photos. The firm’s website is www.gradimages.com.
seating — Seating is in two columns. Column A, on the left facing the stage,
will be Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human
Services. Column B, on the right facing the stage, will be the College of Arts
For further information, please
contact Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202, or
by e-mail at SUnews@ship.edu.