Presentation on theme: "The College of William and Mary"— Presentation transcript:
1The College of William and Mary This is it!Commencement 101
2Things We Will Cover Weekend Events Registration and Tickets to the Main CeremonyRegaliaDisability AccommodationsParkingFoodWeatherRandom Details
3What is the difference between Commencement and Graduation? Weekend series of events celebratingstudents who are graduating GraduationCompletion of your degree requirementsso you can officially receive your diploma Participation in Commencement is not required to graduate.
4Who is eligible to participate in this year’s Commencement Exercises Undergraduates:January 2014: Let your department knowMay 2014: All degreesAugust 2014: You will not receive a diploma. Let your department knowGraduate Students:August 2013: Let your department/school knowJanuary 2014: Let your department/school knowAugust 2014: Check with your department/school for permission. You will not receive an actual diploma at your diploma ceremony.
5Key Weekend Events Friday Saturday Sunday Senior Class Dance Baccalaureate Multi-Faith ServiceAlumni Induction CeremonyInterdisciplinary Program EventsCandlelight Ceremony & Reception (stand-up event, no chairs at Candlelight)SundayWalk Across CampusCollege-Wide Main CeremonyDepartmental Ceremonies
6The Walk Across Campus WALK ACROSS CAMPUS Students gather in front of the Wren Building at 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning for a final walk together across campus. The Honorary Marshals will lead the procession from the Wren Building to W&M Hall. Once at the Hall, you will form the academic procession. Commencement staff and signs will guide you to the proper location.Family members may watch. However, all guests should be seated in W&M no later than 9:45 a.m.A pre-recorded video of the Walk Across Campus will play in W&M Hall starting shortly after 9:30 a.m.WALK ACROSS CAMPUSEndPATH BEHIND YATESTHROUGH THE WILDFLOWERREFUGETHROUGH THE CRIM DELL MEADOW AND ACROSS THE BRIDGEBEGIN AT THE WREN BUILDINGStart
7The Main Ceremony Sunday, May 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Tickets required for all guests (more on tickets later…)Graduating students wearing regalia do not need a ticketThere is no rehearsal. Sit with your friends.Doors to W&M Hall open at 8:00 a.m.Ceremony consists of:Remarks from the PresidentCommencement speaker and student speakerCommencement awards presentedDegrees are conferred as a group. Only PhD and EdD degree candidates will be called to the stage for individual recognition.Length = Approximately 2hours, 15 minutes
8Student SpeakerEach year a graduating student is selected to deliver an address at the main Commencement ceremony. Anyone participating in the May ceremony -- undergraduate and graduate students alike -- are eligible. The topic must be a theme to which any graduate could relate. To apply: complete the online application by March 12, 2014 (11:59 p.m.) Late applications will not be accepted. Application and guidelines are on the Commencement website.
9Departmental Ceremonies Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Departmental Events Follow Main CeremonyDiplomas will be presented at that time (except Graduate Arts and Sciences)Check with your department to find out if they have any seating restrictionsDiploma ceremonies will be listed in the Commencement programSome of these events take place in outdoor locations (rain plans will be included)Interdisciplinary programs/International RelationsEvents are on SaturdayNO diplomas are presented on Saturday
10Double Majors When you register for Commencement, let us know which departmental ceremony you will attend if you are a:Double Major -- unless you specify, your diploma will go to the department of your primary major.Interdisciplinary Major -- to ensure your diploma is in the correct location on SundaySpecial Note for Global Studies / International Relations: The Global Studies / IR ceremony takes place on Saturday (no diplomas presented at this time). There is not a departmental ceremony for GS/IR majors on Sunday. You will pick up your diploma at W&M Hall following the main ceremony.
11Make sure you can graduate... Check status on:HOLDSINC gradesDegree Evaluation Check (undergraduates)Confidential Directory BlocksVerify your mailing address and update if necessaryContact the Registrar’s Office at if you have questionsVery Important !Make sure you have taken care of academic and/or financial issues before Commencement Weekend. The Registrar and Bursar are the only offices that can assist with these issues, and they will be closed Commencement Weekend. Resolve any issues early!
12Registration to Participate Registration is required if:You plan to walk in the main ceremonyWant guest tickets (4 per graduate)Registration is online and will be open fromFebruary 17 through March 17 (W&M login is required)You will be notified via W&M when to begin registering
13Registration to Participate Only those who have filed their Notice of Candidacy to Graduate with the Registrar’s Office will be able to access the form.Filing your Notice of Candidacy does not automatically register you for the Commencement ceremony (you must also complete the on-line registration)Registration will run for one month— no need to rush!If you try to access the registration form and cannot, contact immediatelyYou can request guest tickets only BY REGISTERINGIf you miss the registration deadline, we may not be able to provide you with the full allotment of tickets (4 tickets)Late registrations – you will have to come to the Student Affairs office to complete a late form. We will review late registrations on a case-by-case basis
14Tickets – Main Ceremony You do not need a ticket for yourself if you arewalking in the Academic Procession.If you are not walking and choose to sitin the audience, you WILL need a ticket5th Ticket Requests: after registration closes wereview the number of ticket requests.If tickets still remain, those who registeredby the deadline will be able to apply for a 5th ticketIf the number of 5th ticket requests exceeds thenumber of remaining tickets/seats, we will hold a randomized computer drawingDue to space limitations in W&M Hall, we will not be able to provide any graduating student with more than 5 guest tickets (5 is the maximum we ever hand out)
15Tickets – Main Ceremony Still short on tickets?Ask friends if they are using all their ticketsExchange tickets with friends AT NO CHARGEDirect your guests without tickets to one of the live stream viewing locationsCommonwealth AuditoriumMason School of Business, Brinkley CommonsRemember, there are generally no limitations to the number of guests who can attend the departmental ceremony (where your name is called and you receive your diploma)The buying and selling of Commencement tickets is not permitted!
16Ticket DistributionIf you find you are not graduating and have picked up tickets, return them should you wish to request Commencement tickets in a different yearWe do not mail tickets to family members. Upon written request, tickets are mailed only to students who have already graduated and left campus (i.e., Winter Graduates)Tickets are distributed to degree candidates only (photo ID is required). Do not send a friend to pick-up your tickets – we will give them only to you!Ticket pick-up is on campus (dates/times will be provided after registration closes).Guests must have official Commencement tickets to be admitted to W&M Hall
17Regalia, Announcements, etc. The W&M Bookstore is the contact for all regaliaUndergraduate Robes black with agreen stripe on the sleeveBachelor’s Package = $ tax Masters Robes all black plain sleevesMaster’s Package = $ taxUndergraduate and Masters regaliaare available for purchase only;there is no rental option Announcements and Class RingsPersonalized announcements & rings can be ordered online at Josten’s website.General, non-personalized announcements can be purchased at the bookstore.
18Doctoral Regalia Available for either rent or purchase Doc Package: Rental = $ taxPurchase = $719 + tax & shippingHoods are not worn with Oxford-style robesWhat to wear under your robe: black slacks/skirt with a white shirt/blouseDeadlines for ordering doctoral regalia:Custom Purchased – Friday, March 21, 2014Rental Regalia – Friday, April 11, 2014There is a late fee if you order after the April 11 deadline.
19Grad Finale sales event Grad Finale EventsEach spring, the Bookstore holds a Grad Finale in the Sadler Center to provide a one-stop shop for regalia and graduation-related items.Grad Finale sales eventMarch 18, 2014 (11-6)March 19, 2014 (10-4)Sadler CenterLaw SchoolMarch 13, 2014 (11-4)Law School LobbyStudents who miss the Grad Finale should visit or call the Bookstore to order regalia and other merchandise ( )
20Regalia, when do we wear what? Regalia is NOT worn for:Baccalaureate ServiceAlumni Induction CeremonyWhen to wear regalia:Candlelight Ceremony (cap & gown – no hood)All Sunday events (complete regalia)The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortar board until you are awarded your degreeOnly those graduates wearing appropriate academic regalia will be permitted to process (walk). Nothing may be carried into the William and Mary Hall Commencement ceremony (e.g., balloons , stuffed animals, beverages, etc.)
21Disability Accommodations at W&M Hall The main entrances to William & Mary Hall involve a number of stairs in order to access the doors/seating. If you have guests that cannot negotiate a number of stairs, you should request the following:VEHICLE ACCESS PASS (Drop-Off for Disability/Limited-Mobility):Allows drop-off and ramp entry into W&M Hall (entrance at floor level)Your party must have a DISABILITY ACCESS PASS or handicap hang tag to access the road behind the HallProvides easiest access to wheelchair seating or the limited-mobility sectionThe Vehicle Access Pass is NOT a handicapped parking permit.Form is available in mid- February on the Commencement website to request these services
22Main Ceremony – W&M Hall Wheelchair Accommodations The main entrances to William & Mary Hall involve a number of stairs in order to access the doors/seating. If you have guests that cannot negotiate a number of stairs, you should utilize the following:WHEELCHAIR SEATING (This is floor seating)Special tickets are required for this sectionDisability tickets are part of your allotment of tickets – not extraOne person may sit with wheelchair guest in this section and will receive a disability ticketThe College cannot provide wheelchairs -- contact local vendors in Williamsburg regarding rentals.Form is available in mid-February on the Commencement website to request these services
23Main Ceremony – W&M Hall Limited-Mobility Accommodations The main entrances to William & Mary Hall involve a number of stairs in order to access the doors/seating. If you have guests that cannot negotiate a number of stairs, you should utilize the following:LIMITED-MOBILITY SECTION (Lower level seating)Special tickets are required for this sectionLimited-mobility tickets are part of your allotment of tickets – not extraWe cannot seat your entire party in this sectionYou will be issued special tickets one for the guest needing this seating and one to allow someone to sit with themForm is available in mid-February on the Commencement website to request these services
24Main Ceremony – W&M Hall ASL / Hearing Impaired Accommodations AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE(No special tickets required-justlet us know you need this service)Seating is a first-come, first-servedASL interpreterHeadphones for hearing impaired guests who desire themAlso available at department ceremony with two-week advance notice.Form is available in mid-February on the Commencement website to request these services
25Security at the Main Ceremony. . . W&M Hall: Prohibited ItemsBackpacks and bags measuring larger than 1’ x 1’ x 1’Umbrellas: Leave umbrellas at the door in an umbrella bin.Outside food & drink: Concessions will be sold in W&M HallCameras with a lens greater than 4”Firearms and other weaponsLaptop computersAlcohol, use of any tobacco products, or illegal substancesNoisemakers, laser pointers, balls, frisbees, inflatable objectsChairbacks, coolers, ice chests,PetsAnything deemed unsafe by police or event staffCommencement is a ceremony with a long tradition and great dignity.Please be reminded that alcoholic beverages are prohibited before andduring the “Walk Across Campus” and at William and Mary Hall.
26Traffic gets very heavy by 8:45 a.m. on Sunday --EXPECT DELAYS! Parking on CampusTraffic gets very heavy by 8:45 a.m. on Sunday --EXPECT DELAYS!Advise your guests to park somewhere near your departmental ceremony and walk to W&M Hall.On Commencement weekend visitors may park in any space on campus marked Faculty, Staff, or Resident. City of Williamsburg – city street parking is enforced with a decal system – do not park on city streets which require resident color decals.Be aware of other postings for no parking during this weekend and adhere to sign rules. Parking regulations are enforced 7 days a week, 24 hours/day.Handicapped Parking -- Only vehicles with state-issued (any state) handicapped license plates or placards may park in the handicapped parking. At the main ceremony (W&M Hall) there are a limited number of handicapped spaces surrounding W&M Hall. These spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.The College DOES NOT issue any type of parking pass for Commencement Weekend – handicapped or otherwise.
27Food on Sunday. . .Concessions: Will be available at W&M Hall before the ceremony (breakfast biscuits, assorted pastries, granola bars, water, coffee, juice).Pre-ordered Lunches: Sunday’s main ceremony will finish just after 12:00 noon. Guests may pre-order lunches for pick-up following the ceremony. Order form will be available in the spring.Departmental Receptions: Most departments offer light refreshments at their individual receptions following the departmental ceremony.
28Weather Rain locations are listed in the schedule Sign up to receive text alerts (form on website)Regular updates via Facebook, Twitter,Commencement websiteSpecial Events Information Line:
29Staffing on Commencement Weekend The Student Affairs Office (Campus Center 219) will be open from 9-3 on Saturday May 10 to assist you with ticket or event questions.Make sure you have resolved any academic or account issues at the registrar’s office or bursar well beforehand (Student Affairs cannot assist you with these matters).On Sunday, May 11 there will be an information office staffed at W&M Hall from 8-11:00 am.
30If you live on campus...Graduating students must turn in their residence hall keys by 12:00 noon on the Monday following Commencement. If you have any additional questions about moving out of the halls, please speak with your RA or contact the Office of Residence Life at (757)Graduating seniors must turn in their residence hall keys by 12:00 noon on the Monday following Commencement. If you have any additional questions about moving out of the halls, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (757)
31Commencement website: www.wm.edu/commencement Who do I ask?Commencement EventsOffice of Student AffairsatorGraduation RequirementsOffice of the RegistraratorRegalia and Graduation MerchandiseW&M College BookstoreatCommencement website: