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Commencement 2014 - For graduates

Academic Regalia 
Residence Hall Closing FAQs

Graduation Guest Registration: More information to come.

Academic Regalia

Green is the New Black: As part of a green initative at Ursinus College, we are renting regalia for Commencement. Students will pick up regalia prior to Commencement and return it immediately following the ceremony so that it can be reused in the future. 

Pick Up Regalia: Stop by “Bear” Necessities for Grads on Friday, May 2nd in Wismer Lower Lounge between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up your cap and gown.  If you are unable to attend the “Bear” Necessities event, you may pick up your regalia at the bookstore. 

Return Regalia: Graduates should return their regalia immediately following Commencement to the regalia collection stations that will be set up in Helfferich Gymnasium.  

Bookstore Hours:  

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
Sunday  CLOSED

The bookstore will be open on Friday, May 16th, at 9:00 for students who are unable to pick up their regalia before commencement day.

Graduation Announcements
Students may order personalized announcements through Herff Jones by calling 1-800-837-4235 or by visiting www.herffjones.com/college/ursinus


Thursday May 15, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Bomberger Chapel

What is Baccalaureate?

The Baccalaureate Service is an important academic ritual that dates back to the fifteenth century. At Ursinus College, this inspirational, interfaith celebration acknowledges our graduates’ accomplishments and recognizes their future responsibilities as educated citizens.

As part of a long and treasured tradition, graduates will gather as a class for one last time in Bomberger Memorial Hall on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m. for songs and readings that represent the many faith traditions of our student body. Families are warmly welcomed to join in the celebration; however seating in Bomberger Memorial Hall is limited. Tickets were made available at 8 a.m. on April 1 at ursinus.edu/tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, and were limited to two (2)tickets per family. ALL RESERVED SEATS ARE NOW TAKEN. Anyone who does not have a ticket is invited to view a simulcast of the celebration in Olin Auditorium. A reception for all on Olin Plaza immediately follows the ceremony. 

Is Baccalaureate a religious service?
It is an inspirational, interfaith celebration with readings and music that represent the many faith traditions of our student body. 

Instructions for Marching at Baccalaureate

STUDENTS CAN SIGN UP TO ATTEND THE BACCALAUREATE BY EMAILING mcawley@ursinus.edu BY MONDAY MAY 12th. 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 15th, 2014.

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 “Bear” Necessities for Grads (May 2nd , 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-served tickets for guests to attend the Baccalaureate in Bomberger will be available at ursinus.edu/tickets beginning 8 a.m. on April 1, 2014. Only two tickets for can be reserved per family until the tickets are gone. Additional seating for simulcast viewing of the ceremony will be available in Olin Auditorium for any guests without tickets. A limited number of stand-by seats may be available just prior to the start of the ceremony. 



Friday May 16, 2014
10:00 a.m.
CHANGE OF VENUE: Floy Lewis Bakes Field House 
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 field house on Thursday May 15th from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. All graduating seniors should attend.

Commencement Procession All B.A. candidates will meet in Helfferich Gymnasium at 9:00 a.m.; B.S. candidates meet in Helfferich Gymnasium 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.
 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 or visit them online to place your order at qualityvideo.org.

Legacy Families:

Alumni parents and alumni relatives are invited to a special photography session, with their graduating senior, for display in Ursinus College publications. The photographer will be stationed near the Berman Museum steps (facing Olin Plaza). In the event of rain, the photographer will be stationed in the covered area of Olin Hall facing the Wismer Center. The Alumni Office will contact you with further details.

Traffic: Due to change of venue, The Borough of Collegeville will OPEN Main Street.