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Moravian College
Commencement

On Graduation Day

Saturday, May 11, 2019

9:00 a.m.

ROBING AND APPAREL

Graduating students must bring caps, gowns, and tassels (and any other approved regalia) to the Breidegam Fieldhouse (also known as the Athletic Recreation Center or ARC) by 9:00 a.m. on commencement morning. Bachelor’s degree candidates should wear tassels on the right.

IMPORTANT: Please do not wear shoes with a stiletto heel. A high, thin, heel will rip the turf, sink into the surface, and is potentially dangerous. Besides, no-one wants to trip and fall on commencement day!

The Platform party and Trustees will robe in the Dance Studio. Faculty and administrators will robe in the Performance Center.

ARRIVAL AND LINE-UP

All graduating students should go to the check-in table in the lower level of Breidegam Fieldhouse to receive name cards. Cards are used to announce each graduate’s name as the graduate walks across the stage. Cards are color-coded according to degree earned.

9:40 a.m.

PROCESSIONAL

The procession starts promptly at 9:40 a.m.  Students arriving too late to be put into proper procession order will process at the end of the line and move toward the stage when fellow students in the same degree program are walking across the stage.

Students, with help from the College and Seminary Marshals, Dr. Craig Atwood, Dr. Michael Bertucci, Dr. Katie Desiderio, Dr. Nicole Tabor, and Dr. Neil Wetzel will form in pairs by order of degree.

Masters Degree programs will go first in degree alpha order. Then Bachelor’s Degrees in alpha order – B.A., B.Mus., B.S. etc. Degree programs will be posted along the wall of the ARC for guidance.

Graduates proceed from the main entrance of the ARC to Makuvek Field.  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, Provost Cynthia Kosso will go to the podium and request that all master’s degree candidates rise and be presented for degrees.  All students receiving master’s degrees should stand.  Following President Grigsby’s statement of conferral immediately after, master’s candidates will be seated again.  Bachelor’s degree candidates will be presented next and should stand when indicated.  Following the President's statement, bachelor’s candidates will be seated again. 

CROSSING THE STAGE
When Dr. Kosso rises again, the first row will be instructed by staff at the stage ramp to stand and proceed to the stage ramp on the right, followed in order by remaining rows. Students must have name cards ready to hand to the announcer upon reaching the stage.  The Graduate Program Directors will announce the names of master’s candidates. Dr. Sarah Johnson will announce the names of the bachelor’s candidates.  Once a student’s name is announced, the student should cross the platform to shake hands and receive a scroll from President Grigsby.  Next, the student proceeds to the other end of the stage, turns to face the audience, and is hooded. Finally, the student should walk to the far stage ramp and receive a diploma cover on the way down, after which the student will return to the same seat and immediately sit down. 

Some students will receive specific awards, which are listed in the program.  At the appropriate time, those students will be asked to form a line on the right-hand ramp in the order that names appear in the program.  As each award recipient's name is called, the recipient will cross the platform to receive the award from President Grigsby, and then return to the same seat and immediately sit down.

All who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will then be asked to stand and be recognized in place.

RECESSIONAL
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the academic procession, under the direction of the marshals, will leave the field, turn east on Locust St. and proceed to the 1742 Circle.  The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty, and then the graduates.

RECEPTION
Immediately following Commencement, refreshments will be served on the PPHAC patio.