Information for Curriculum Graduates
The official graduation exercises for Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 graduates will be held May 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Frank and Mabel West Auditorium, The Center for Learning and Arts – The Foundation.
A practice will be held on May 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in The Foundation. Practice usually lasts approximately 2 hours. Students are required to attend practice in the morning if they want to participate in the graduation exercises that evening. Written permission must be approved by the Registrar prior to May 13th if you are unable to attend practice.
Things you need to know for graduation:
Practice - Monday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. Meet in The Foundation wearing casual dress. Do not wear your caps and gowns.
Group Pictures for the newspapers - Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.
Graduation Exercises Line Up - Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.
Due to space considerations, graduates will be reserved up to six (6) guest tickets for graduation. Each guest MUST have a ticket, regardless of age. Graduates may pick up graduation tickets at the Foundation box office beginning May 2 or at the graduation rehearsal on May 16. Graduates will need to show an ID before their guest tickets can be distributed. For more information regarding Foundation box office hours, see www.FoundationShows.org or call (828) 395-1681 or 395-1682.
Women wear dark dress, skirt or slacks, dark shoes. Men wear dark pants, white shirt with tie, dark shoes.
Gown should be pressed with cool iron or steamed. Mortarboard must be worn flat on your head with the point between your eyes in the center of your brow. Use black bobby pins if needed to secure mortarboard.
Gold tassels & medallions:
May be worn by students with a program grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher to designate this achievement. On Monday morning, May 18, after rehearsal, you may verify your GPA and receive an honor card to purchase the tassel and medallion in the Bookstore. You may exchange your black tassel for a gold one, or you may purchase a gold one.
The Bookstore hours for May 18 will be 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Please take care of any financial deficiencies, library fines and overdue books before practice. Bring proof of payment to the Records Office (Student Center).
We will not be responsible for your valuables. Leave them with family or friends. Also, please turn off your cell phones.
Distractions can make a graduation ceremony unpleasant. Please remind family and friends to keep children and babies as quiet as possible and not to enter and exit the Auditorium during the ceremonies.
Graduates needing special accommodations should contact the Disability Counselor 828-395-1732. Any family member needing accommodations should contact the Foundation directly at 828-395-1681. Accessible seating for family members is limited.