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Commencement

Assembly and Procession

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Commencement

Address:
Kershner Student Service Center
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Email: registrar@wcupa.edu

Phone: 610-436-3541
Fax: 610-436-2370

Assembly and Procession

General Ceremony Etiquette

By tradition, the commencement ceremony is a formal, dignified event to honor the academic achievement of scholars. To help preserve the decorum of the event, it is requested that you exercise etiquette appropriate to the occasion. Please observe the following:

  • All mobile devices should be silenced. When sharing your #WCUgraduation experience, please refrain from mobile usage on the stage/platform (e.g., selfies, videos).
  • Please do not use flash photography. During the ceremony, guests may take photographs only from their seats.
  • As a courtesy to your fellow graduates, please do not leave your seats or engage in lengthy conversation with others during the ceremony. All graduates are requested to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015: 10:00 am Procession

Student Instructions

College of Business & Public Affairs
College of Education
College of Health Sciences

  • Assemble at the Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center parking lot, South Campus, starting at 8:30am. There will be tables and signs identifying your college. Coffee and rolls will be available for graduates. Bring your cap, gown, and hood.
  • Go to the table set aside for your College. You will receive a card with your name on it, which will be read during the ceremony.
    • Do not lose this card. Keep it with you and give it to your Dean when you step on stage to receive your diploma cover, as directed by the marshals.
    • Do NOT add anything to the card. No hand-written additions or changes will be read. However, if you think your name will be hard to pronounce, write a simple phonetic spelling in parenthesis. Keep it as simple as possible.
  • Put on your cap, gown, and hood. The Registrar's staff will be available to help you. Baccalaureate candidates place the tassel on the right side of the cap. (You will move it to the left side during the tasseling ceremony).
  • Line up in a double line behind the marshals leading your college. The procession will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
  • As the process begins, follow your Marshals as you process from the parking lot staging area into Farrell Stadium. You will process down the center aisle, behind the Mace Bearer and Marshals, to your seats, as directed by the Marshals. Remain standing at your seats until the Provost invites everyone to be seated.

Faculty Instructions

College of Business & Public Affairs
College of Education
College of Health Sciences

  • Assemble at the Faculty Table at the Sturzebecker Health Science Center parking lot, South Campus, by 9:00 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be available for graduates and faculty in the staging area. Bring your cap, gown, and hood.
  • The procession will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
  • When the procession begins, follow the Faculty Marshals out of the parking lot and down the path into Farrell Stadium. As you near the rows of seats, the faculty will form two rows, one on either side of the aisle, to allow the students to pass through.
  • As the final students pass by, the faculty will follow the students to their seats in the first two rows of the seating area. Please sit on both sides of the aisle. Remain standing at your seats until the Provost invites everyone to be seated.

Sunday May 10th, 2015, 10:00 am Procession

Student Instructions

College of Arts & Sciences
College of Visual & Performing Arts

  • Assemble at the Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center parking lot, South Campus, starting at 8:30am. There will be tables and signs identifying your college. Coffee and rolls will be available for graduates. Bring your cap, gown, and hood.
  • Go to the table set aside for your College. You will receive a card with your name on it, which will be read during the ceremony.
    • Do not lose this card. Keep it with you and give it to your Dean when you step on stage to receive your diploma cover, as directed by the marshals.
    • Do NOT add anything to the card. No hand-written additions or changes will be read. However, if you think your name will be hard to pronounce, write a simple phonetic spelling in parenthesis. Keep it as simple as possible.
  • Put on your cap, gown, and hood. The Registrar's staff will be available to help you. Baccalaureate candidates place the tassel on the right side of the cap. (You will move it to the left side during the tasseling ceremony).
  • Line up in a double line behind the marshals leading your college. The procession will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
  • As the process begins, follow your Marshals as you process from the parking lot staging area into Farrell Stadium. You will process down the center aisle, behind the Mace Bearer and Marshals, to your seats, as directed by the Marshals. Remain standing at your seats until the Provost invites everyone to be seated.

Faculty Instructions

College of Arts & Sciences
College of Visual & Performing Arts

  • Assemble at the Faculty Table at the Sturzebecker Health Science Center parking lot, South Campus, by 9:00 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be available for graduates and faculty in the staging area. Bring your cap, gown, and hood.
  • The procession will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
  • When the procession begins, follow the Faculty Marshals out of the parking lot and down the path into Farrell Stadium. As you near the rows of seats, the faculty will form two rows, one on either side of the aisle, to allow the students to pass through.
  • As the final students pass by, the faculty will follow the students to their seats in the first two rows of the seating area. Please sit on both sides of the aisle. Remain standing at your seats until the Provost invites everyone to be seated.