Commencement Ceremony Rehearsals
Rehearsals for all graduates are held on the Thursday of commencement weekend. All students planning to participate in commencement should attend rehearsal. During rehearsal, graduates will obtain important information pertaining to their respective ceremony (seating, honor cords, name pronunciation, etc.) and meet the director of alumni. Rehearsal is required for those who have been chosen to participate in the ceremony (invocation, benediction, Scripture reader, etc.) or in the procession (flag/banner carrier).
Thursday, April 30, 2015, College Church of the Nazarene sanctuary
3:30 pm – Traditional undergraduate rehearsal
5:45 pm – Professional & Graduate Rehearsal (Professional AA, AOL, AEE, MBA, MSM, MEd, MAC, Play Therapy, SATP, MSN, RN-BSN/MSN, & ABSN)
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Professional & Graduate cohorts usually gather after the ceremony for a group picture. The locations are as follows:
MAC, Play Therapy, & SATP Groups – Front of the sanctuary (immediately following commencement)
MSN Groups – Front Steps of College Church (immediately following commencement)
Special Accommodation Information
Graduates who need special accommodations should contact Jennifer Platter in the Office of Academic Affairs (913-971-3393 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
To assist the Registrar’s Office with seating arrangements, graduates who are not planning to participate in commencement should contact the Registrar’s Office at 913-971-3626.
Pronunciation of Names
Graduates have the option to indicate phonetic pronunciation/clarify pronunciation of first and/or last names on the graduation application or attend commencement rehearsal to speak with the reader of names on Thursday, April 30 (Traditional: 3:30pm; Professional & Graduate: 5:45pm).
All Graduation Applications are due November 1, 2014 (for Spring/Summer 2015 graduates) to the Registrar’s Office. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 913-971-3626 with any questions.
Caps and Gowns
Graduates wear their cap and gown for all commencement activities. If graduates are unable to attend Grad Finale to pick up their cap and gown, they can pick them up in the Registrar’s Office or send a family member or friend to pick it up. All caps and gowns must be picked up prior to commencement weekend. “Extras” are not available during the weekend.
Graduates are able to pick up their cap and gown from the Registrar’s Office (after Grad Finale) approximately 4 weeks after submitting their graduation application, provided the application was approved and the cap and gown information was complete.
Registrar’s Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5pm.
Grad Finale dates:
- March 2, 2015 - Cook Center Lobby, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- March 3, 2015 - Cook Center Lobby, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- March 10, 2015 - Liberty Site, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- March 26, 2015 - Santa Fe Commons Site, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Grad Finale is an event designed specifically for Graduates. At this event, graduates have the opportunity to pick up their cap and gown, purchase specialized items from The Merc, order commencement announcements, and finalize matters with the Registrar’s Office and Cashier’s Office.
Graduates who want to purchase graduation announcements or class rings should contact Jostens directly at www.jostens.com or 1-800-854-7464.
Diplomas are ordered by the Registrar’s Office after grades have been submitted and all requirements have been completed. The appropriate degrees and honors will be awarded to the candidates who have completed all requirements. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 913-971-3626 with any questions.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates once degree requirements have been met and degrees awarded. They are mailed to the address provided on the graduation application.
Lost and Found
The official lost and found during the weekend is at the information booth located in the Vanderpool Lobby at College Church. Please be aware that we are unable to provide a secure place for you to leave personal items. The university is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
It is the graduate's responsibility to return library books and settle student accounts. Failure to follow through on these details will make it impossible for the university to release diplomas and official transcripts.
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