Commencement 2013 - For graduates
Graduation Guest Registration: Register your guests here>
Stop by Grad Fair on Friday, April 26th in Wismer Lower Lounge between 10 am and 4 pm to pick up your cap and gown. If you are unable to attend Grad Fair, you may pick up your regalia at the bookstore.
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The bookstore will be open on Friday, May 10th, at 9:00 for students who are unable to pick up their regalia before commencement day.
Students may order personalized announcements through Herff Jones by calling 1-800-837-4235 or by visiting www.herffjones.com/college/ursinus
Thursday May 9, 2013
What is Baccalaureate?
The Baccalaureate Service is a ritual that dates back to the 15th century and is considered an important rite of passage in academia. The Baccalaureate celebrates the accomplishment of an academic degree and provides an occasion for memorializing the graduates' hard work and reminding the graduates of their responsibilities as educated citizens.
The Ursinus College Baccalaureate Service is an interfaith celebration with songs and readings that represents the many faith traditions of our student body. All graduating students and their families and guests are invited to join in this meaningful and joyous observance held at Bomberger Memorial Hall on the evening preceding the commencement ceremony. The Baccalaureate Service lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a reception for graduates.
Is Baccalaureate a religious service?
It is a very wonderful interfaith service open to all seniors, their families and the entire campus community.
Instructions for Marching at Baccalaureate
Students who have signed up to attend the Baccalaureate Service will line up in Blackbox Theatre in the Kaleidoscope at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th, 2013.
Dress: Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. We suggest that men wear a dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress. Neither hoods nor mortarboards are worn at Baccalaureate.
Registration: Students can register for Baccalaureate at the Grad Fair (April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Baccalaureate table.
Tickets for Family and Friends: A limited number of first come, first serve seats for guests will be available in Bomberger. Two tickets will be to parents and guardians along with the Commencement Brochure. These tickets are required for admission into Bomberger. Additional seating for simulcast viewing of the ceremony will be available in Olin Auditorium for overflow seating and guests without tickets.
*Tickets do not guarantee seating in Bomberger.
Friday May 10, 2013
Berman Museum Front Lawn
No tickets are needed. All family and friends are welcome.
Instructions for Marching at Commencement
Attendance: If you are unable to attend the Commencement ceremonies, please notify the Dean's Office as soon as possible at ext. 3790.
Commencement Rehearsal will be held at the tent on Thursday May 9th from 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. All graduating seniors should attend.
Commencement Procession All B.A. candidates will meet in Olin Auditorium at 9:00 a.m.; B.S. candidates meet in Bomberger Auditorium at 9:00 a.m.
Academic Regalia: (see above times to pick up)
Please pick up your gown and make sure it is the right one with the correct hood. You will need the following:
(1) one black academic gown
(2) one mortarboard and tassel
(3) one hood - white edging for Arts; yellow edging for Science.
Dress: Neither hoods nor mortarboards are worn at Baccalaureate, but are worn at Commencement convocation. Mortarboards are to be worn squared, not tilted, with the tassel on the right side. Men remove caps for the invocation and benediction. Women normally do not. Graduates will be able to keep their regalia after Commencement.
Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. We suggest that men wear dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress.
Diploma: At the graduation ceremony you will receive your actual diploma from the President. Please treat it kindly. There is no charge for diploma.
Recessional: Ursinus has a very long and revered tradition of what is affectionately known as "the gauntlet". At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty marshals will direct the recessional. The faculty, staff and guests of honor will exit the platform first and march down the center aisle. Once they reach the end of the tent, the faculty and staff members will form two columns, one on each side, marking the pathway for graduates to follow. As graduates file past, faculty and staff will bid them congratulations and farewell. Families and other guests are requested not to break the gauntlet and instead to await their graduates at the end of the line or in another predetermined location.
Non-Graduates: If a course failure or a GPA below 2.00 prevents a senior from completing graduation requirements, it is the policy of Ursinus College NOT to allow that student to receive a diploma with the graduates. Graduates will receive the diploma at the next commencement if all the requirements have been completed.
Photography: Cameras are permitted; however, your family and friends will not be able to get up close to the stage once the ceremony has begun. If your family and friends wish to take pictures of the procession in and out of the tent, that is fine. Ursinus College hires a professional company, Legacy Photographics, to take each student’s picture with President Fong. Legacy Photographics will contact all graduating students directly with order information following Commencement.
We also hire a videographer. To pre-order a DVD of the ceremony, download this order form from Quality Video.
Legacy Families: Alumni parents and alumni relatives are invited to a special photography session, with their graduating senior, for display on the Ursinus College web site and in publications. The photographer will be stationed near the sundial in front of Bomberger Memorial Hall (facing Main Street). In the event of rain, the photographer will be stationed in the covered area of the new entrance to the Bomberger lobby, facing Olin Plaza.
Traffic: The Borough of Collegeville will close Main Street from Fifth Avenue at 10 a.m. Please tell your family and guests to arrive early in order to avoid being delayed in a traffic jam.