What we will discuss Important dates Description of weekend events Tips for families and guests Frequently asked questions Your questions!
End of Semester May 6: Last day of class May 7-16: Final exams May 23-25: Commencement & Reunion Weekend –Friday, May 23: Campus Dance –Saturday, May 24: Forums and Baccalaureate –Sunday, May 25: Procession and Ceremonies May 26: Senior move-out by noon
Campus Dance Friday, May 23 from 9 PM to 1 AM Sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association Tradition dates back to 1868 Celebration brings together seniors, reunion classes & members of Brown community
Campus Dance (cont.) Families welcome, not required to attend Senior sing at midnight on Sayles steps Need to make reservations and purchase tables & tickets online: alumni.brown.edu/news_events/campus_dance/
Forums Saturday, May 24 - three sessions (9 AM, 11 AM, and 12:30 PM) Wide variety of topics led by Brown faculty, alumni, medical professionals, and honorary degree candidates Similar to Family Weekend Forums (but many more!) Schedule will be announced via the Commencement website at the end of April
Baccalaureate Saturday, May 24 from 2:30 PM – 4 PM Multi-faith ceremony Held at the First Baptist Church Includes a procession, dancing, music, readings, and a keynote address
Baccalaureate (cont.) Seniors process from College Green to the Church (line up on Waterman at 1:30 PM) Seniors only are in the Church Families watch a live simulcast on Main Green (Sayles & Salomon also open)
Commencement Day 9:45 AMProcession steps off 10:15 AMGraduate School Ceremony on Simmons Quad 11:15 AMMedical School Ceremony at 1 st Unitarian Church 12:10 PMCollege Ceremony at FBMH 12:45 PMUniversity Ceremony on Green 2:15 PMDiploma Ceremonies/Receptions
Procession Line up at 9:30 AM, Step off at 9:45 AM One of the oldest traditions Brings together entire Brown community Approx. 6,000 participants; 15,000 spectators Led by Chief Marshal – a member of the 50th reunion class All march through Van Wickle Gates, which are only open 2 times a year – inward during Convocation, outward during Commencement
Important Procession Tip Families and guests WILL NOT see anything on the route itself!!! Guests are STRONGLY encouraged to watch the procession simulcast via the jumbotron on the Main Green
The College Ceremony Approximately at Noon Held on the Grounds of the First Baptist Church Official conferral of undergraduate degrees Seniors ONLY Families and guests can watch a live simulcast on the Main Green Ceremony is approximately 15 minutes long Since 1776 all but 2 Commencements have been celebrated in the FBMH
The University Ceremony Approximately at 12:45 PM Held on Main Green Seniors, Graduate and Medical students celebrate accomplishments Senior Orations Presentation of Honorary Degrees Presentation of Symbolic Degrees
Diploma Ceremonies After University Ceremony (approx. 2:15 PM) Held in locations all across campus – make sure family knows your concentration Diplomas awarded to graduates Refreshments and/or lunch All families and guests are invited to attend
FAQ: Seating & Tickets Tickets are required for Campus Dance Currently not needed for any other event for the weekend No tickets are needed for seating during Commencement Seating is first come, first served on the Main Green Make plans to meet up with your family in advance
FAQ: Viewing & Photos Baccalaureate, Procession, College, and University Ceremony are all live web streamed Watch from the Main Green via simulcast DVD sales are available – info. sent to home addresses on record (official company is Collegiate Video) Van Wickle Gates stay open through Monday evening for photo opportunities Diploma Ceremonies
FAQ: Storm Plans Dress weather appropriate for all events – be comfortable and safe! Storm plan in effect only in SEVERE conditions No procession, students only to Pizzitola Guests to Meehan, Salomon, Sayles Announcement on Brown homepage Light rain = you will be wet
FAQ: Housing & Dining Most Providence hotels have a 2 night minimum Residence hall rooms are available through Residential Life (reservations begin in March) Make dinner reservations in advance! Several “grab and go” locations open on campus over weekend Commencement Day is long – make sure you stay well fed, hydrated, and take care of your guests!
FAQ: Parking Parking IS a challenge Plan that parking will be challenging All University lots open beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday University “borrows” lots from local neighbors for Commencement Day Several street closures on both Saturday and Sunday Plan that parking will be challenging
FAQ: Guests w/Special Needs Handicapped parking is available via online beginning in early spring This must be requested in advance Handicapped parking is observed University does not rent wheelchairs Most of campus is accessible, but consider your guest and the amount of travel! Student and Employee Accessibility Services office offers shuttles and assistance
FAQ: Academic Regalia Caps and gowns are picked up and purchased in the bookstore beginning May 1 No pre-order needed Caps and gowns are made from Greenweaver ® - 100% recycled bottles Cap & gown are required for Baccalaureate and Commencement Rings, personalized announcements, and diploma frames available for purchase in the bookstore
FAQ: Tips for the grads! Bring your phone/camera (turn your phones off during the ceremonies!!) Eat in the morning Plan for your guests now Warn your family about parking Establish meeting places with family members in advance Enjoy the time with friends!!
FAQ: More Information Websites contain 2013 info – updated in December/January timeframe Commencement information: www.brown.edu/commencement www.brown.edu/commencement Campus Dance information: http://alumni.brown.edu/news_events/camp us_dance/index.html http://alumni.brown.edu/news_events/camp us_dance/index.html Postcard to families in spring Most communication to seniors, so please share information with your guests Contact the Office of University Event & Conference Services, 401-863-3100