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Wednesday, May 3 , 2017
Commencement Rehearsal at Cedar Bluff 6pm, Cedar Bluff Room 184
Friday, May 5, 2017
Commencement Rehearsal (11 am Tex Turner Arena)
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Commencement Ceremony 11 am Tex Turner Arena
If you need special accommodations for our Commencement Ceremony, such as sign language interpretation or handicap seating, please click here.
Entry to Arena: In order to provide efficient entry, students and guests will need to enter the Tex Turner Arena through the main doors on the upper concourse. Once inside the arena, staff and ushers will be available to direct graduates and guests to the proper meeting location.
Entry to the lower level of the arena will be through the main door off of the lower parking lot. This entrance will be designated for faculty, students/guests with reserved handicap parking, platform party, and staff working commencement.
* Q: Do I have to participate in Commencement?
A: Yes. Participation in the Commencement ceremony is a requirement for undergraduate degrees. Any exceptions must be approved by the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Clayton Hess.
* Q: Do I need tickets?
A: Our Commencement Ceremony takes place in Tex Turner Arena, with more than enough seating for everyone to enjoy this special day. No tickets are required, but make sure you arrive early enough to claim your seats.
* Q: Where should we stay?
A: There are several hotels in the area that will be pleased to accommodate your stay.
*Q: What happens if I have a balance on my student account?
A: All financial accounts with the University must be settled in order to participate in the ceremony, and participation is required for receipt of the degree. If you have an outstanding account, please clear the account by May 3, 2017, to avoid any delays at rehearsal.
*Q: Where and when can I take pictures?
A: Professional photographers will be on hand to capture your big day (see below). Your family is welcome to take pictures, however, once the ceremony begins, we ask that guests do not enter the arena floor or block the aisles of the arena. Additionally, while pictures can be taken in front of the stage after the ceremony, the stage itself will not be accessible for safety reasons.
*Q: Will there be professional pictures taken?
A: GradImages will be photographing all graduates at a minimum of three locations including receiving your diploma, shaking hands with the President, and a graduate portrait with your diploma after exiting the stage. To register, visit their website www.gradimages.com, and click on Pre-Event Registration. Enter your email to view and order photos after graduation. A flier with this information will be available at the Commencement rehearsals.