Dear Master’s Degree Candidate:
Congratulations on the completion of your graduate studies at
Shippensburg University. This letter contains some important information
for master’s degree candidates planning to finish their degree requirements
during the 2015 fall semester and for January graduates who wish to participate
in the December ceremony.
More detailed instructions for the ceremony are
available on the Graduate Dean's web page at: http://www.ship.edu/Graduate/Commencement/Graduate_Commencement/ please review this information as soon as
This semester's Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on
Friday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts
Center (LPAC), with a reception immediately following after in the Tuscarora
Room in Reisner Dining Hall.
On the evening of the 11th, it will be important for you to plan to
arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. and check-in at the Registration Table in the
Ship Rec Center to pick up your processional card. Academic robes are
required for everyone participating in the academic procession and
program. You may purchase your graduation attire at the University Store
in the Ceddia Union Building. We strongly recommend you make this
purchase well in advance, but the University Store will be open until 6:00 p.m.
on that evening for the convenience of you and your guests. Also, a store
representative will be on hand at Ship Rec as graduates prepare for the
processional to help with last-minute needs for caps, tassels, and hoods. Further information and details may be
obtained by visiting the store’s website at http://ship.bkstr.com.
Please make sure all of your guests are in their seats at
the LPAC by 6:45 p.m. At that time, the theater doors will
be closed and the hallways will be used by faculty and graduates to prepare for
the processional. Any guests not seated by 6:45 will need to wait
until 7:15 to find seating.
We encourage you to lock your personal belongings in your car before
entering the building or give them to one of your guests. A table
and/or coat rack will be available in an unsecured area of Ship Rec and
a limited number of small lockers will also be available. Doors
at Ship Rec will be locked 30 minutes after the conclusion of the
ceremony. All unclaimed articles will be taken to the Lost & Found at
the University Police Office. A coat check room is located in the first
floor lobby of the Luhrs Performing Arts Center for the convenience of your
A diploma cover will be given to students at the ceremony.
Diplomas and unofficial transcripts will be mailed to graduates six weeks
after graduation. For those unable to attend the ceremony, diplomas,
diploma covers, and unofficial transcripts will be mailed. Official
transcripts may be requested from the Registrar’s Office.
hope that the Commencement Ceremony will be a time of celebration and
fellowship for everyone and that you will be able to join us. Feel free
to call us at 717-477-1148 if you have any questions.
Tracy A. Schoolcraft, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies