Moravian College Commencement 2011
Commencement Photo

Baccalaureate Schedule & Instructions

Friday, May 9, 2014

4:15 p.m.

ROBING*
Hurd Campus
Platform party, faculty, and administrators -- Main Hall, ground floor lounge Graduates – Foy Hall

In the event of rain:

  • Faculty and administrators -- Central Moravian Church, basement kitchen. Enter through door at lower level on Main Street side of church.
  • Graduates -- Central Moravian Church, east rooms on second floor. Enter through southeast [Church & Heckwelder] door then go upstairs.
  • Platform party -- Central Moravian Church, west rooms behind the Sanctuary.

* Robing areas will be locked and patrolled by Campus Safety or Facilities Services personnel during both Baccalaureate and Commencement.

4:45 p.m.

PROCESSIONAL
Led by Faculty Marshal Dr. Daniel Libby, followed by graduates, faculty, staff, then the platform party. The procession will form on the campus pathway and proceed to the southeast entrance of Central Church. Once in church, graduates should file in to the center pews (person nearest pew first) to far end and remain standing until the platform party is seated. The platform party will proceed to the high pulpit.

5:00 p.m.

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
President Grigsby will preside over the Baccalaureate service. Chaplain Borger will be the liturgist. The service will last about an hour.

RECESSIONAL
At the conclusion of the service, the procession will begin moving out along the north aisle and return to the place of formation, platform party first, then faculty, staff, and graduates.

Commencement Schedule & Instructions

Saturday, May 10, 2014

9:00 a.m.

ROBING*
In the Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC)
Graduates -- the lower level -- wearing tassel on the left.

* Robing areas will be locked and patrolled by Campus Safety or Facilities Services personnel during both Baccalaureate and Commencement.

IMPORTANT: High heels must not be worn on the ARC floor. Either wear low-heel shoes or carry your shoes and walk barefoot inside.

Platform party and Trustees -- the Dance Studio
Faculty and administrators -- the Performance Center

9:40 a.m.

PROCESSIONAL
Please arrive at 9:00am in the ARC to be lined up for procession. The procession starts promptly at 9:40am. Students arriving too late to be put into proper procession order will process at the very end of the line and make their way to the stage shortly before their names will be called to receive the appropriate diploma. (Check program for order of names). The procession, with help from Dr. Daniel Libby as Faculty Marshal and Drs. Carmen Ferrero and Santo Marabella as Marshals of Students, will form in the order as shown on the "Commencement Order of Procession”; this list will be posted on the ARC walls for reference. Graduates proceed from the main entrance of the ARC to the HUB Quadrangle (in the event of rain, from the ARC into Johnston Hall). The procession will enter the field, proceed to designated seats, and remain standing until President Grigsby invites all to be seated.

10:00 a.m.

COMMENCEMENT

CONFERRING OF DEGREES
When it is time for the conferring of degrees, Dean Weil will go to the podium and request all bachelor degree candidates to rise to be presented for degrees. All students receiving bachelor’s degrees should stand. Following President Grigsby’s statement of conferral immediately after, candidates will be seated again. Master’s degree candidates will be presented next. Following the President's statement, candidates will be seated again. When Dean Weil rises again, the first row will then stand and proceed to the stage ramp on the right, followed in order by remaining rows. Dr. Sarah Johnson will announce the names of candidates. The candidate whose name has just been announced will then cross the platform to shake hands with and receive his/her diploma from President Grigsby. The candidate will then proceed to the other end of the platform, turn to face the audience, and have a hood placed over his/her head, after which the candidate will return to his/her seat and immediately sit down. B.A. candidates will receive their degrees first, then B.Mus., B.S., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S.H.R., and M.S.P.N. candidates. Some students will be receiving specific awards, which are listed in the program. At the appropriate time, those students will be asked to form a line on the east ramp in the order their names appear in the program. As each award recipient's name is called, the recipient will cross the platform to receive his/her award from President Grigsby, then return to his/her seat. Then all those who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will be asked to stand and be recognized in place.

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Behavior which is not in keeping with the dignity of the occasion will result in the graduate receiving on stage a blank envelope. Recipients must then make an appointment to meet with Dr. Grigsby in his office the week following Commencement.

RECESSIONAL
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the academic procession, under the direction of Dr. Libby, will leave the field and turn east on Locust St. to walk up to the 1742 Circle. The recession will end near the PPHAC patio, where families will be encouraged to join the graduates. The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty, then the graduates.

RECEPTION
Immediately following Commencement, refreshments will be served to all participants, their families and friends on the PPHAC patio, or, in the event of rain, at various locations in the HUB and/or PPHAC.