Waynesburg University holds one Commencement service each year in May. Graduates from all semesters receive their recognition at this ceremony.

Your planning for graduation should begin 6 to 12 months prior to your final semester of classes.

Written notices regarding the 2014 Commencement website are mailed in February to participants that have officially applied for graduation. If you have not received a postcard, please contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm your eligibility status.

Family members and friends who are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony may view the ceremony live online. Please visit www.waynesburg.edu and click on the Commencement Live Event button. Coverage will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Pre-Graduation To-Do List

  1. Verify graduation deadlines for the University.
    Month all work to be completed:          Application to be submitted by:
    December Third Friday in July
    May Second Friday in November
    August Second Friday in April
  2. Complete the following actions and consult with your advisor:
    • Academic plan (view your plan using Self Service to confirm course requirements have been met)
    • Degree Audit
    • Application for Degree
  3. Update your local and permanent addresses with the Registrar's Office to ensure you receive all pertinent information without delay. Check these address(es) for mail as well as your WU e-mail on a regular basis.
  4. Any financial obligations you have (fees, tickets, fines, etc.) must be paid before Commencement: if they are unresolved, you will not receive your diploma and may not order transcripts or have other documents released.
  5. Any HOLDS must be removed prior to graduation in order to receive your diploma. If there is a hold on your account, contact the specific department that placed the hold (i.e. Business Office, Student Services, Athletics, Library, etc.).
  6. Visit the WU Bookstore for your graduation announcements, University ring, and various memorabilia items. You may also call the bookstore at 724.852.2665.
    • To order your cap & gown, etc. click here. Orders are available after the WU Bookstore's "Grad Fair" in March.
    • DNP candidates may choose to purchase upgraded quality regalia from Herff-Jones. Please contact the bookstore directly at 724.852.2665 to inquire. These orders require 6 - 8 weeks for delivery.
  7. Any graduate with special needs (such as visual, auditory, and/or mobility) who will require reasonable accommodations to participate in the Commencement service(s), please contact Laura Lawrence at 724.852.3251 or email lawrence@waynesburg.edu. Requests should preferably be made a minimum of one week prior to Commencement to allow time to arrange for the accommodations.
  8. Main campus undergraduate students should contact the Student Services Office for your graduation interview at 724.852.3206
  9. Should your plans to graduate change, notify the Registrar's Office at 724.852.3389
  10. Commencement Attendance Policy – The Board of Trustees requires prospective graduates to be present at Commencement exercises to receive a degree. Anyone who has a valid reason for release from this obligation, however, must petition the Board of Trustees, through the Office of the Registrar. You may submit a petition to be excused online. Or, address your written request to: Office of the Registrar, Waynesburg University, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
  11. If you have borrowed funds through either the Federal Direct and/or the Perkins Loan Program, you are required to complete Exit Loan Counseling.

AFTER GRADUATION:

  1. Become a member of Waynesburg United -- the University's online community. Here you can sign up for alumni events, find University news and network with other alumni.
  2. The University's Alumni Relations site is also a great place to access alumni resources such as meeting the staff, finding ways to support your alma mater and requesting transcripts.
  3. Fill out the Alumni Services survey. For more information on Career Services, call 724.852.3399

Graduate and Professional Studies Candidates

Family members and friends who are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony may view the ceremony live online. Please visit www.waynesburg.edu and click on the Commencement Live Event button. Coverage will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

  • In order to graduate, you must complete your application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar. Contact the office at 724.852.3389 or email kpurnell@waynesburg.edu for more information. See the "Getting Started" page for details.

  • Students in the Graduate and Professional Studies Programs may request caps and gowns be mailed to them by completing the online reservation form, calling the bookstore at 724.852.2665 or by emailing them at 0750mgr@fheg.follett.com. Be sure to include height, weight and degree. Cap & gowns will be mailed out after the bookstore's "Grad Fair" event in March.

  • No cap and gown orders will be mailed out after April 30th. Cap and gowns may still be picked up in person at the bookstore on main campus weekdays during normal bookstore hours or graduation day. Bring your student ID or driver's license with you.

  • Announcements for Graduation may also be ordered through the University Bookstore. For additional information, visit the University Bookstore or call 724.852.2665. Allow eight weeks for delivery.

  • Many other graduation and memorabilia items, such as diploma frames and University logo items, are available through the University Bookstore. The bookstore will be open on graduation day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Regalia options for DNP students

Below are the different options that you can choose from when ordering your DNP regalia:

  1. Standard student regalia - Black gown, black velvet, hood, and gold tassel - Provided by the University at No Cost to the graduate.

  2. Sale Package - Black gown, black velvet on chest and sleeves, metallic gold braiding, hood, tam with gold silk tassel - $569.95 (Regular price of $696.20)

  3. Black gown, apricot velvet on chest and sleeves, hood, tam with gold silk tassel - $652.60

  4. Black gown, black velvet on chest and sleeves, apricot braiding, hood, tam with gold silk tassel - $696.20

*Packages 2, 3 and 4 are considered custom regalia and take 6-8 weeks for delivery. The above prices do not include shipping and tax. Standard student regalia is meant for one time use. Samples of the apricot velvet and apricot braiding can be viewed in the bookstore. Eligibility for graduation is verified with the Office of the Registrar prior to your order being placed.
Please contact Herff Jones Consultant, Vince Rodi, at 412.331.2562 or email vincerodi@yahoo.com to order regalia or for answers to any questions.

Inclement Weather

  • Guests should come prepared for all weather conditions, including rain and hot sun.

  • In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Marisa Fieldhouse. Because of the size of the graduating class and the limited space, tickets will be issued for admittance. Each graduate is allotted two (2) guest tickets for the Fieldhouse. Tickets will be included with your cap and gown package available at the bookstore. Additional tickets are not available.

  • Due to aisle restrictions to comply with fire codes, no strollers will be permitted in the Fieldhouse.

  • Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on closed circuit TV in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Alumni Hall (in Miller Hall), or Roberts Chapel

Directions to Campus

Schedule

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Baccalaureate Service 11:00 a.m. Graduates should arrive at 10:00 a.m.
  • Baccalaureate is an interfaith service for all graduates and their guests. Graduates are encouraged (but not required) to attend this event.

  • Graduates should plan to arrive at 10:00 a.m. (The procession forms at 10:30 a.m.).

  • The Baccalaureate Service will be held in Roberts Chapel. Tickets are not required.

  • ALL Degree Candidates will robe in the Marsh Center (bottom floor of Roberts Chapel - see campus map) at 10:00 a.m. Promptness is imperative.

  • The procession line forms at 10:30 a.m. The procession for baccalaureate will not follow any specific alpha or degree order.

  • The procession will begin at 10:50 a.m. under the direction of Dr. James Bush, Assistant Faculty Marshal.

  • Graduates are not to wear caps or hoods for the Baccalaureate service.

  • To live stream this event, visit www.waynesburg.edu.

Commencement Luncheon 11:30 a.m.
  • The Graduate's Luncheon is held in Benedum Hall and Stover Campus Center. Each graduate will receive three (3) luncheon tickets (1 for graduate, 2 for guests).

  • Luncheon tickets will be included in your packet of materials provided with your cap and gown from the University Bookstore.

Commencement Service 2:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive at 1:00 p.m.
  • Master's Degree and Doctoral Candidates will robe in the first floor of the Fitness Center (Franklin street entrance) at 1:00 p.m.

  • Bachelor's Degree Candidates will robe in the Gymnasium (see campus map) at 1:00 p.m.

  • Promptness is imperative

  • Signs will be posted for the designated degree programs. Those who are not at their assembly points, in academic regalia, when the procession is formed, will receive their diploma at the end of the granting of degrees portion of the ceremony and not with others in their specific degree category.

  • Members of the faculty will assist Mr. Mariner and will lead the graduates in each of their designated degree programs in the procession.

  • More information is available under the "Schedule" tab

Commencement Processional
  • Graduates will observe proper decorum and etiquette that befits a formal, once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. All graduates are expected to participate in the entire ceremony, from the start of the processional through the recessional after the benediction.

  • Due to the fact that the ceremony is held on the lawn in front of Miller Hall, it is recommended, for steady footing, that women not wear high heels or flip-flops as the grass can be slippery and the lawn is sloped.

  • Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear gifts (flowers, etc.) during the academic exercises.

  • Guests and graduates are asked not to use cellular phones during the ceremony. Use of cellular phones during the ceremony, including the procession across campus, is disruptive to guests, students, and ceremony participants.

  • Dr. Bush, Assistant Faculty Marshal, will lead the Bachelor's Degree Candidates, and Mr. Mariner will lead the Master's Degree and Doctoral Candidates across Fountain Park to the sidewalk in front of Miller Hall.

  • Once the procession begins, it will not stop or be broken until it is completed at the front of Miller Hall after all graduates have been seated.

  • The procession of graduates will stop in front of Miller Hall and separate into two ranks to honor the President, Special Guests, Trustees, and Faculty as they pass through.

  • Caps are worn during the procession and ceremonies but are removed for the invocation, national anthem, and benediction.

  • Masters' and Doctoral candidate's hoods are to be carried through the processional on the right arm. They are not to be worn prior to the hooding ceremony.

  • Tams/Caps are to be removed and placed on your chair as you rise to process forward for the hooding and receipt of diploma.

  • Your name will be announced, you will hand your hood to the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, after the hooding you will move forward to shake hands with the President of the University and to receive your diploma from the Registrar.

  • Return to your seat.

  • All graduates are expected to participate in the entire ceremony, from the start of the processional through the recessional after the benediction.

  • A professional photographer will be taking pictures as graduates shake hands with the President.

  • Family members may take photographs in designated areas only.

  • After the benediction, the platform party and the graduates will recess in line to the fountain park.

Commencement: Sunday, May 18, 2014

10:00 a.m. Graduates and Faculty Arrive to the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel for Baccalaureate Procession Line-up

All graduates will robe in the Marsh Center (lower level of Chapel) promptly at 10:00 a.m. The procession line forms at 10:30 a.m.

The procession will begin at 10:50 a.m. under the direction of Dr. James Bush, Assistant Faculty Marshal. The procession for Baccalaureate will not follow any specific alpha or degree order. Please be prompt!

10:30 a.m. Guest Seating Begins for Baccalaureate Service
11:00 a.m. Baccalaureate Service

The event will be live streamed - see the link at www.waynesburg.edu

Baccalaureate will be held in Roberts Chapel.

Graduates are not to wear caps or hoods for the Baccalaureate service.

11:30 a.m. Graduate Luncheon in Benedum Dining Hall: Tickets are Required

This luncheon is for graduates and two guests. Tickets are provided in the packet with cap and gown for each graduate.

Honor Cords Distribution: Immediately following Baccalaureate: Gymnasium foyer. Honor cords and Academic Excellence pins may be obtained in the foyer of the Gymnasium immediately following Baccalaureate until just prior to Commencement line up at 1:00 p.m.

Display of Honors: Only Waynesburg University Honor cords and Academic Excellence pins shall be worn on the robe during the ceremonies. No departmental or organizational pins, cords or sashes, or other decorations are to be displayed on either the cap or gown. Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear flowers during the ceremonies.

12:30 p.m. Guest Seating Begins for Commencement Service
1:00 p.m. Arrive to Commencement Procession Line-up Locations

Bachelor's Degree Candidates will robe in the Gymnasium (see campus map) at 1:00 p.m. Promptness is imperative as the procession begins at 1:55 p.m. Those who are not at their assembly points, in academic regalia, when the procession is formed, will receive their diploma at the end of the granting of degrees portion of the ceremony and will not be with others in their specific degree category. Graduates will line up alphabetically in double files by degree. Signs will be posted in the Gymnasium indicating where you should gather.

Members of the faculty will assist Assistant Faculty Marshal Dr. Bush in the double files and will lead the graduates in each of their designated degree programs in the procession.

Master's Degree and Doctoral Candidates will robe in the Fitness Center 1st Floor (see campus map) at 1:00 p.m. Promptness is imperative. Signs will be posted for the designated degree programs. Those who are not at their assembly points, in academic regalia, when the procession is formed, will receive their diploma at the end of the granting of degrees portion of the ceremony and not with others in their specific degree category.

Members of the faculty will assist the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Mr. Mariner, and will lead the graduates in each of their designated degree programs in the procession.

Late Arrivals: Any candidate arriving after 1:00 will be considered late-arriving and must report to the Gymnasium for further instructions from a representative from the Office of the Registrar. A late arrival will be seated at the end of the procession and will receive his/her diploma following all other degree candidates. Once the Commencement procession begins, it is not interrupted.

2:00 p.m. Commencement Service

Graduates will observe proper decorum and etiquette that befits a formal, once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. Graduates are not permitted to carry gifts, flowers, etc. during the academic exercises. Guests and graduates are asked not to use cellular phones during the ceremony. Use of cellular phones during the ceremony, including the procession across campus, is disruptive to guests, students, and ceremony participants.

Dr. Bush, Assistant Faculty Marshal, will lead the bachelor's degree candidates, and Mr. Mariner will lead the master's degree and doctoral candidates across Fountain Park to the sidewalk in front of Miller Hall. The procession of graduates will stop in front of Miller Hall and separate into two ranks to honor the President, special guests, trustees, and faculty as they pass through.

Once the procession begins, it will not stop or be broken until it is completed at the front of Miller Hall and all graduates have been seated.

Caps are worn during the procession and ceremonies but are removed for the invocation, national anthem, and benediction.

All graduates are expected to participate in the entire ceremony, from the start of the procession through the recession after the benediction.

A Professional photographer will be taking pictures as graduates shake hands with the President. These images will be available for purchase through Grad Images, the independent vendor contracted for this service. Proofs will be mailed to the graduate by Grad Images. All questions regarding this service should be directed to Grad Images. Family members may take photographs in designated areas only.

Student Information

Written notices regarding the 2014 Commencement website are mailed in February to participants that have officially applied for graduation. If you have not received a postcard, please contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm your eligibility status.
There will be a mandatory informational meeting for main campus bachelor's degree candidates on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Following this meeting, at 4:00 p.m., there will be a presentation of the senior class gift to President Lee with a brief reception in Johnson Commons.
Graduate and Professional Studies candidates (AACE, RN-BSN, BML, master's and doctoral) are exempt from the campus meeting on April 30, 2014.

Attendance Policy

The Board of Trustees requires prospective graduates to be present at Commencement exercises to receive a degree. Anyone who has a valid reason for release from this obligation, however, must petition the Board of Trustees through the Office of the Registrar. You may submit your petition online.

Graduates may pick up their diploma in the Office of Records and Registration (109 Miller Hall) during regular business hours the week following the ceremony (i.e., Monday – Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Diplomas not picked up the end of business on Friday, May 23rd, will be sent to the home address on file, via first-class mail, the week of May 26th. Diplomas for graduates with any holds still on their account will not be mailed until after holds are released.

Undergraduate Housing

  • All residence halls and on-campus houses close May 9 at noon.
  • Meal plans end on May 9 at noon. Summer Dining Hall hours begin May 10 and are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Friday only, on a cash basis.
  • Subject to approval, graduating seniors with a hardship may request to stay on campus until Commencement by submitting a Graduating Senior Housing Request Form.
  • Requests must be made by May 2.
  • Approval will be based on reason for request as well as past discipline history.

Caps, Gowns & Announcements

  • The bookstore will be sponsoring a "Grad Fair" from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 27th to kick off the 2014 Commencement season. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Waynesburg University Bookstore beginning that day. Caps and gowns will be available through May 18th during normal bookstore hours. Early pick-up insures best selection of size availability. Graduates must show a University ID card or driver's license at the time of pick up.

  • You may reserve your cap and gown online or go directly to the WU Bookstore to pick it up.

  • GAPS and DNP students should see the 'GAPS Candidates' tab for information on regalia

  • Many other graduation and memorabilia items, such as announcements, diploma frames and University logo items, are available through the bookstore and online.

Honors Recognition

The University has adopted the following policy on acceptable honor cords for graduation ceremonies.
Waynesburg University wishes to preserve the dignity of the graduation ceremonies for all students while appropriately recognizing students who have earned academic honors. To that end, the following guidelines have been established.
Only cords may be worn and only cords that are:

  1. Issued by the Waynesburg University Office of the Registrar, the Waynesburg University Honors Academy (WUHA), or approved national collegiate honorary societies with a local chapter and a Waynesburg University faculty sponsor

  2. Based on academic performance by the student wearing them

The Provost must approve all national collegiate honorary societies and any exceptions to this policy in advance of graduation ceremonies.

Display of Academic Honors

Only cords and Academic Excellence pins shall be worn on the robe during the ceremonies. No other pins or decorations are to be displayed on either the cap or gown. Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear flowers during the ceremonies. ANY DEPARTMENTAL RECOGNITION CORDS, SASHES, MEDALS, ETC. ARE PERMITTED ONLY AT THE ACADEMIC HONORS CEREMONY IN APRIL.

Bachelor's Degree with Honors

Bachelor's degrees with honors are conferred in accordance with the following cumulative grade point averages on work completed at Waynesburg University. These designations apply only to candidates for the bachelor's degree who have completed 60 or more graded credit hours of work at Waynesburg University.

Cum Laude 3.500 - 3.659
Magna Cum Laude 3.660 - 3.899
Summa Cum Laude 3.900 - 4.000

Students in adult programs earning less than 60 credit hours at Waynesburg University are honored by the designation of Academic Excellence in Adult Programs and receive a lapel pin bearing such designation. This pin is worn on the graduation robe at Commencement exercises.
Honor cords that represent the Latin honors and Academic Excellence pins may be obtained in the foyer of the Gymnasium immediately following Baccalaureate until just prior to Commencement line-up at 1:00 p.m. Other cords (i.e., WUHA, national collegiate honorary society) approved in accordance with the above policy should be distributed by the program director or faculty sponsor in advance of graduation ceremonies.

Graduate Student Honors

Master's and doctoral degree programs are not eligible for honors designations.

Late Arrivals

Any late-arriving graduate must report to the Gymnasium for further instructions from a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Once the Commencement procession begins, it is not interrupted. A late arrival will be seated at the end of the procession and will receive his/her diploma following all other degree candidates.

Required Tickets

Graduate's Luncheon

Tickets are Required
Each graduate will receive three (3) luncheon tickets (1 for graduate, 2 for guests). Tickets will be included with your cap and gown package available at the bookstore. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. on Commencement day.

Inclement Weather

  • Guests should come prepared for all weather conditions, including rain and hot sun.

  • Tickets are not required to attend Commencement services held outdoors on Miller Hall lawn. This is always the first choice location for the services. Services will only be moved indoors should conditions require. This decision will be made the day of services based on weather and ground conditions.

  • Should a decision be made to move the ceremony indoors due to inclement weather, notice will be immediately posted on our website's main page and a text message will be sent through our "E2Campus" emergency response notification system.

  • In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Marisa Fieldhouse. Because of the size of the graduating class and the limited space, tickets will be issued for admittance. Each graduate is allotted two (2) guest tickets for the Marisa Fieldhouse. NO additional tickets will be available.

  • Due to aisle restrictions to comply with fire codes, no strollers will be permitted in the Marisa Fieldhouse.

  • Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on closed circuit TV in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Alumni Hall (in Miller Hall), or Roberts Chapel. (See campus map).

Special Needs Participants

  • An interpreter for the deaf will sign all services.
  • If you are a graduate with a disability (such as visual, auditory, and/or mobility) and will require reasonable accommodations to participate in the Commencement ceremony, please contact Laura Lawrence at 724.852.3251 or email lawrence@waynesburg.edu . Requests for accommodations should preferably be made a minimum of one week prior to Commencement to allow time to arrange for the accommodations.

Guests and Ticket Information

Commencement will be live streamed online. Please check www.waynesburg.edu on the morning of Commencement for more information

Guest Arrival Times

The Baccalaureate service begins at 11:00 a.m. Graduates are to arrive for line-up by 10:00 a.m. Doors to the Chapel will open for guest seating at 10:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive early, as parking on campus is limited. (See parking info above).
The Graduate luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in Benedum Dining Hall. Tickets are required.
The Commencement service begins at 2:00 p.m. All guests should be seated before this time. Graduates are to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for procession line-up. Please plan to arrive early as parking on campus is limited. (See parking info above). Seating on the lawn will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Should the ceremony be held indoors due to inclement weather, doors to the various viewing sites will be open beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Graduate's Luncheon: Tickets are Required

Each graduate will receive three (3) luncheon tickets (1 for graduate, 2 for guests). Tickets will be included with their cap and gown package available at the bookstore. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. on Commencement day.

Inclement Weather

Tickets are not required to attend Commencement services held on Miller Hall lawn. This is always the first choice location for the services. Services will only be moved indoors should the conditions require. This decision will be made the day of services based on weather and ground conditions.
In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Marisa Fieldhouse. Because of the size of the graduating class and the limited space, tickets will be issued for admittance. Each graduate is allotted two (2) guest tickets for the Fieldhouse. Tickets will be included with their cap and gown package available at the bookstore. NO additional tickets will be available.

Photos, Gifts & Flowers

  • Please remember Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear flowers or other gifts during the ceremonies.

  • No balloons are allowed in Marisa Fieldhouse.

  • The Waynesburg University Bookstore will be open on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and contains many University logo items as well as diploma frames. Feel free to stop in and browse our selection of gift and memorabilia items.

  • A Professional photographer will be taking pictures as graduates shake hands with the President. These images will be available for purchase through Grad Images, the independent vendor contracted for this service. Proofs will be mailed to the graduate by Grad Images. All questions regarding this service should be directed to Grad Images.

Special Needs Participants

  • An interpreter for the deaf will sign all services.

  • Ushers will direct guests to the areas reserved for wheelchairs and the sign language interpreter.

  • Security officers will direct guests to the special handicapped visitor parking areas.

  • Handicapped Accessible restroom facilities are located in Hanna and Miller Halls, the foyer of Denny, the Gymnasium, Benedum Dining Hall, Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Roberts Chapel, and Stover Campus Center.

  • For graduates with special needs, please see the Student Information section

Directions

Get directions to campus

Parking Map

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This map reflects the parking areas on and around the campus area which are available for Commencement Day parking. Please take special note of any lots which have restricted use. University Staff and Security members will be available both on campus and off campus to answer questions and give directions. Please feel free to stop and speak with these representatives for help.

We recommend allowing additional time in your arrival schedule to allow for potential delays due to parking. Lots on campus are very limited and fill up quickly. Shuttle van service will be available from off campus lots and golf cart shuttles will be available around the on-campus lots.

Legend:
Coded in Red: Restricted parking areas (Handicap parking and Special Guests of the President/University)
Coded in Blue: On campus parking open on first come first served basis.
Coded in Green: Borough parking lots open on first come first served basis. Shuttle service will be available to bring guests to campus.
Coded in Brown: Area church parking lots which will only be available for Commencement use AFTER 12:00 Noon when their services have ended. Shuttle service will be available to bring guests to campus.
Shuttle stop locations are indicated with an "S".

Faculty and Staff

Memorandum To : Waynesburg University Employees
From: Courtney Dennis, Commencement Coordinator
Re: 2014 Commencement Weekend Activities

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10:15 a.m. – Faculty/Staff Robing in the Marsh Center
10:50 a.m. – Baccalaureate Procession Begins
11:00 a.m. – The Baccalaureate Service (Roberts Chapel)
11:45 a.m. – Commencement Luncheon in the Bee Hive (Serving for Faculty/Staff Begins at 11:00 a.m.)
1:15 p.m. – Faculty Robing in the CRED
1:55 p.m. – Commencement Procession Begins
2:30 p.m. – Commencement Exercises – University Campus

ATTENDANCE

Faculty members unable to participate in the Commencement exercises should notify the Provost by May 2nd.
Administrative staff members will all be involved in the activities of the day. You will receive your assignment from your Senior Staff member.
Support staff members that are not involved in the activities of the day are invited to attend Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises.

ACADEMIC REGALIA

Faculty members participating in the Commencement procession wear full academic attire. Those who do not own robes and hoods should rent them through the University Bookstore. If you need to rent academic regalia, please contact the bookstore at 724-852-2665 no later April 25th.

Reminder: Stewart Science Hall is partially closing for renovations after classes end. If your office is on one of the floors that are impacted, you will be relocated for the summer by the date of commencement. If you have not been relocated, you will still have access to your office.

ROBING AND ASSEMBLING FOR THE ACADEMIC EXERCISES

Baccalaureate:

Faculty will robe in the Marsh Center. Robing should be complete by 10:15 a.m. The double file rows of participants for this procession will form no later than 10:40 a.m. The procession begins promptly at 10:50 a.m. Baccalaureate will be held in Roberts Chapel regardless of weather conditions.

Commencement:

Faculty will robe in the CRED. Robing should be complete by 1:15 p.m. The double file rows of participants for this procession will form no later than 1:45 p.m. The procession begins promptly at 1:55 p.m.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Commencement Luncheons: All Waynesburg University employees are invited to attend the Commencement Luncheon held in the Bee Hive. Serving for faculty/staff begins at 11:00 a.m. Please contact Chris in Institutional Advancement for reservations (click here). Tickets are required for this event. You will need to pick up your ticket(s) in the Institutional Advancement Office between May 1st and May 10th, 2014.

Reception Following Commencement: An informal reception will be held in Fountain Park immediately following Commencement. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held in Benedum Dining Hall.

In Case of Inclement Weather: Commencement will be held in the Marisa Fieldhouse. In this instance, participants will form the processions in the foyer of the gymnasium and proceed to seating on the main floor of the Marisa Fieldhouse. The graduates will form the procession inside the gymnasium. Seating for Commencement in the Marisa Fieldhouse will require a ticket. Due to the size of the graduating class, extra tickets for family members of faculty and staff may not be available. Ticket requests for this facility will be given wait list status. Ticket requests should be directed to Chris in the Institutional Advancement Office via email (click here). Guests without tickets may view the ceremony via closed circuit TV from the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Alumni Hall or Roberts Chapel.

Reserved Parking: The Miller Hall parking lot will be reserved for the trustees and special guests of the University, and the Stover/Hanna Hall lot will be used for visitors requiring handicap parking. For the comfort and safety of our graduates and their families, please honor the barricades and restricted parking areas established for Commencement Day. Security Officers will be stationed throughout the campus to direct employees to available parking areas.

The Procession: When the Commencement Procession reaches the front walk of Miller Hall, the graduates will divide into two columns and allow the rest of the procession to pass between them.
When the Commencement Recessional reaches the fountain, the platform party and faculty will divide into two columns and allow the graduates to pass between the members of the faculty and administration. Please do not break rank or interrupt the recessional until it has reached the fountain in the park.

Once the Commencement Procession Forms: Any graduate arriving after the Commencement procession has formed should be directed to the Registrar’s representative who will be located at the entrance of the Gymnasium.