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General Faculty Information

Fall 2013 Commencement, Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m., Mitchell Center

Participation in Commencement
All full-time faculty members are requested to be present in academic regalia at commencement.

Robing
Please arrive at the Mitchell Center, Room 1101 no later than 1:15 p.m. on the day
of commencement. Robing will take place in Room 1102. Light refreshments will be available.


Parking
Parking is located in the lot near the Gamma Residence Halls. You must have your faculty parking hangtag in order to park in this lot.

Ceremony
Faculty and administrative personnel will line up in double file in the Mitchell Center, Room 1101. Faculty Marshals, led by Dr. S. L. Varghese and Dr. Carol Vann, will oversee the line up process.

Precisely at 1:45 p.m., the Chief Marshal leads the faculty into the Arena, down the center aisle, and stops at the bottom of center stairs, stage right. The faculty will split into two rows – left and right – and proceed in front of the stage, and toward the back of the Arena. Registrar Office staff will be in place to direct the faculty up the SE and SW stairs to the Concourse level. Faculty marshals will assist with seating in the designated Faculty areas. Please remain standing for the student and platform party processional, Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, and Invocation.

As degrees are being conferred, you will be asked to stand when your college is introduced.

Faculty recesses at the end of the ceremony at the same time as the platform party recesses on the floor.

Bookstore representatives will be available in rooms 1101 and 1102 for return of rented academic regalia.

Please note that valuables should not be brought to the Mitchell Center since the robing area is not secure.

Faculty Marshal Information

Fall 2013 Commencement

Date: December 14, 2013
Arrival Time: 1:00 p.m. (Lead Faculty Marshals)
1:15 p.m. (Faculty Marshals)
Marshal Parking: Faculty Court South
Robing Area: Mitchell Center, Room 1102
Line-up Area: Mitchell Center, Room 1101

Faculty Marshals: Dr. S. L. Varghese (Lead)
  Dr. Carol E. Vann  (Lead)
  Mr. Stephen A. Bru
  Dr. Ellen B. Buckner
  Dr. Philip J. Carr
  Dr. Larry R. Gurchiek
  Ms. Dawn M. McKinney
  Dr. Justin M. Sanders
  Dr. Cindy L. Stanfield
  Dr. Eric J. Steward

Instructions

Faculty process down the Arena center aisle, split left and right, proceed to the stairwells behind the stage, ascend the stairs and enter into appropriate Concourse-level Portals for seating.

An instructional PowerPoint will be e-mailed to you prior to the commencement ceremony. Please read carefully and contact the Registrar’s Office (251-460-6251, Option 4) if you have any questions.

At the end of the ceremony, return your stoles to one of the lead marshals.

NOTE: If you cannot attend the ceremony, notify the Registrar’s Office (251-460-6251, Option 4) no later than noon on Thursday, December 12th.

Chief Marshal Information

Fall 2013 Commencement

Date: December 14, 2013
Arrival Time: 1:30 p.m.
Parking: Faculty Court South
Robing: Mitchell Center, Room 1615
Mace: Mitchell Center, Room 1613

NOTE: Friday, December 13th, Registrar staff will be in the Arena from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. if you wish to practice.

Ceremony

• Obtain mace at 1:30 p.m. from Mitchell Center, Room 1613.

• Meet faculty at northwest entrance of the Mitchell Center Arena about 1:45 p.m..

• Lead faculty into arena at precisely 1:45 p.m.

• Stand at bottom of Platform center steps (stage right) while the faculty split into separate rows and marches to the stairwells. Remain at the bottom of center steps until the platform party arrives.

• Follow platform party up center steps to stage. Go to Row 3 (at edge of stage) and place mace in stand, and be seated on Row 3.

• At the end of the ceremony, lead the platform party off the stage and down the center aisle exiting the arena out of the northwest portal.

• Return mace to Mitchell Center, Room 1613.


Student Marshal Information

Fall 2013 Commencement

Date: December 14, 2013
Arrival Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: HPE Building, East Gym
Marshal Parking: Faculty Court South

Student Marshals: Dr. David Gray (Lead)
  Dr. Victoria L. Rivizzigno (Lead)
  Dr. Nicole T. Carr
  Dr. Alan F. Chow
  Dr. Paul A. Dagenais
  Dr. Michael V. Doran
  Dr. Miriam L. Fearn
  Dr. Heather R. Hall
  Ms. Ellen K. Madden
  Dr. Robert E. Moore
  Mr. Ronald E. Morgan
  Dr. Thomas G. Thomas, Jr.
   

Instructions
An instructional PowerPoint will be e-mailed to you prior to the commencement ceremony. Please read carefully and contact the Registrar’s Office (251-460-6251, Option 4) if you have any questions.

NOTE: If you cannot attend the ceremony, notify the Registrar’s office (251-460-6251, Option 4) no later than noon on Thursday, December 12th.

Gonfalonier Information

Fall 2013 Commencement

Date: December 14, 2013
Arrival Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Center, Room 1106
Parking: Faculty Court South

Gonfaloniers: Dr. Julio F. Turrens University
  Dr. Anthony L. Gard Medicine
  Dr. Ishara Ramkissoon Allied Health Professions - Professional Level
  Dr. Henrietta W. Brown Nursing - Professional Level
  Ms. Genevieve M. Dardeau Arts and Sciences
  Dr. Donald C. Mosley, Jr. Mitchell College of Business
  Dr. Christopher M. Keshock Education
  Dr. Adel A. Sakla Engineering
  Dr. Jeanette E. Manders Continuing Education
  Dr. Harold Pardue Computing
  Mr. William V. Wojciechowski Allied Health Professions
  Dr. Debra Swanzy Nursing
  Dr. Bettina H. Riley Graduate School

Ceremony
• Report to Mitchell Center, Room 1106 for distribution of gonfalons and line-up.

• Students will process to the Mitchell Center and arrive at the northeast door at approximately 1:50 p.m.

• As students process into the building, you merge into the lineup in front of the student carrying the sign for your college.

• NOTE: The University Gonfalonier will lead the procession of students to their seats.

• NOTE: The order of entering the arena: Dr. Turrens with University Gonfalon; Lead Student Marshals (Dr. Rivizzigno and Dr. Gray); students with College Gonfaloniers leading them.

• NOTE: Gonfaloniers will receive an email the week before commencement detailing the order of the colleges on the arena floor.

• You will remain in place for the platform party processional, Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, and Invocation.

• When Acting President Smith directs everyone to be seated, you will be seated behind the student section on the arena floor.

• In the recessional, you will follow the platform party out of the arena and exit to the right out of the same door you entered. Note, the platform party will be exiting to the left.

• You do not recess with the gonfalons.

NOTE: If you cannot attend the ceremony, notify the Registrar’s Office (251-460-6251, Option 4) no later than noon on Thursday, December 12th.

There will be a voluntary gonfalonier meeting on Friday, December 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the Mitchell Center arena if you wish to practice.

Reader Information

Fall 2013 Commencement

Date: December 14, 2013
Arrival Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: HPE Building, West Gym
Parking: Faculty Court South

Readers: Dr. Isabel Brown Graduates and Professional Level
  Mr. Bob Lowry Undergraduate

Readers’ Table Instructions
Dr. Brown and Mr. Lowry will be at the Readers’ table located in the HPE Building, West Gym no later than 12:30 p.m. Students will be instructed to check with you regarding name pronunciation.

• Work with the students to clarify pronunciation of names, but do not change.

• If there is a discrepancy, send the student to the Registrar’s table located in the East Gym of the HPE Building.

• Use only the pen provided by the Registrar’s office to make any notations on the card.

Ceremony
• The readers process into the arena as a part of the platform party.

• After the undergraduate degrees are conferred by the Acting President, the readers proceed to the chairs behind the podium stage left.

• Dr. Johnson and Dr. Franks will introduce the undergraduate colleges and their deans and the students will be directed to the stage.

• Dr. Johnson introduces Mr. Lowry.

• The student hands the name card to the Registrar’s staff member.

• The Registrar’s staff member hands the card to the reader.

• Mr. Lowry reads the name.

• After reading, place the name card in the basket to the right of the podium.

• Read quickly but carefully through the names. The pace depends on how quickly a student is crossing the stage and any special needs of the student. The Registrar’s staff member will help you control the pace. Remember to read only the preprinted information from the card. Do not read any hand-written notes made by the students.

• Mr. Lowry will be seated between each college.

• Mr. Lowry returns to his seat behind the podium at the conclusion of the undergraduate colleges.

• After the conferring of the undergraduate degrees, Dr. Johnson will introduce the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Brown as reader and the students will be directed to the stage.

• Prior to the first student of each college, the Registrar’s staff member hands Dr. Brown a college card to read.

• The student hands the name card to the Registrar’s staff member.

• The Registrar’s staff member hands the card to the reader.

• Dr. Brown reads the name.

• After reading, place the name card in the basket to the right of the podium.

• Read quickly but carefully through the names. The pace will depend on how quickly a student is crossing the stage and any special needs of the student. The Registrar’s staff member will help you control the pace. Remember to read only the preprinted information from the card. Do not read any hand-written notes made by the students.

• There will be no break between the graduate colleges.

• After the Acting President confers the Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, Dr. Franks presents the Dean and direct the students to the stage. Dr. Brown returns to the podium to read the names.

• The student hands the name card to the Registrar’s staff member.

• The Registrar’s staff member hands the card to the reader.

• Dr. Brown reads the name.

• After reading, place the name card in the basket to the right of the podium.

• Read quickly but carefully through the names. The pace will depend on how quickly a student is crossing the stage and any special needs of the student. The Registrar’s staff member will help you control the pace. Remember to read only the preprinted information from the card. Do not read any hand-written notes made by the students.

• At the conclusion of DNP students, Dr. Brown will be seated behind the podium.

• After the Acting President confers the PH.D. degrees, Dr. Johnson reads the names as the students cross the stage and are hooded.

• After the conferring of the Ph.D. degrees, the readers return to their seats with the Platform Party.

• The readers recess with the Platform Party.

NOTE: If you cannot attend the ceremony, notify the Registrar’s Office (251-460-6251, Option 4) no later than noon on Thursday, December 12th.

There will be a voluntary Readers meeting on Friday, December 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the Mitchell Center arena if you wish to practice.

Your readers’ notebook will be available on Thursday, December 12th from the Registrar’s Office.

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