Two-day undergraduate Commencement set for May

Two-day format for undergraduate graduation due to growing enrollment, increased retention.

10/18/2012 - By: Staff Report
Students at 2011 graduation

The University recently announced that it will hold two days of undergraduate ceremonies for Spring 2013 Commencement.

On Friday, May 17, 2013, Baccalaureate Ceremony No. 1 will be held. Academic programs participating on that date will be the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Education and Division of Health Sciences.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Baccalaureate Ceremony No. 2 will be held. Academic programs participating on that date will be the Reynolds School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science.

Both undergraduate ceremonies will have the same format: Line-up for each will be at 8 a.m., with the processional to start at 8:15 a.m. Students receiving dual degrees are welcome to attend both baccalaureate ceremonies.

The Advanced Degree Ceremony, for master's and doctoral degrees awarded by all colleges, will be held on Friday, May 17, with line-up at 4:45 p.m.

The University has made the changes to the undergraduate ceremonies due to several reasons, including increased enrollment and continually improving graduation rates that have resulted in dramatically larger events. The decision to host an additional undergraduate ceremony follows considerable input from faculty, staff, students and guests at these events.

There is no plan to change the format of December's Winter Commencement.


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