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Commencement Announcement for Faculty and Staff: Note Change in Line Up Location

The 53rd Spring Commencement Ceremony is Friday, May 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC).

All Faculty, Adjunct Faculty and Staff are invited to attend.

Facilities~ Please make arrangements for personal possessions; as a precaution, these rooms will be secured.

  • Faculty members may change in CFPA 131. Faculty members are responsible for their own caps and gowns.
  • Staff will use CFPA 132.
  • The Board of Trustees, Stage Participants, Speakers and Nomenclators may use CFPA 105 (dance studio).

Line Up ~ Processional ~ Locations for Line Ups!

  • At 5:00 p.m., the doors open to the public.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the graduates will begin lining up in the hallway of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE IN LOCATION FROM PRIOR TIMES.
  • No later than 6:15 p.m., the Faculty will line up in the corridor between the Center for Fine and Performing Arts and the SHAC.
    • Please note that the graduates of the School of Nursing and Health Professions will process on the “inside” side of the hallway.
    • The graduates of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, School of Business, Information and Public Service and School of Liberal Arts and will process on the “window” of the hallway.
    • The Faculty line up single file on their respective side of the hallway, and will process behind the graduates.
  • SHAC Stage & Floor Plan! The Faculty will be seated in chairs on the floor, immediately behind the graduates.  This seating is only for participating faculty and administrators wearing their academic regalia.  The portable stage will be in a central location inside the gym that will provide a line of sight for all seats.


After the stage participants recess, the faculty and administrators may respectfully recess from their seats.

Commencement Participants

The keynote speaker is Dr. Rodney Rogers, President, Bowling Green State University.

The Class Representative is Jennifer Gebes, candidate for the Associate of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene program.

The Mace Bearer, Thomas Mika, Professor, Science (Findlay), will lead the processional.

The School Flag Bearers are:

  • Thomas Passero, Professor, International Business, for the School of Business, Information and Public Service
  • Michael Bode, Professor, English, for the School of Liberal Arts
  • Kimberly Holman, Instructor, Nursing, Medical, Surgical, Geriatrics, for the School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Mary Kaczinski, Professor, Design Technologies, for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Nomenclators are:

  • Catherine Pratt, Associate Professor, Communications/Humanities
  • Russell Bodi, Professor, English

Morning Activities for Friday, May 10

  • Staff will report to Practice at 8:00 a.m., CFPA Rotunda.
    • The Class Representative with Cathy Pratt will practice the speech, 8:00 a.m. in the SHAC.
  • Commencement Exercise Practice for Students, Volunteers and Nomenclators, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Students and Staff will start at the CFPA to practice the line up and march to the SHAC to continue the practice.
    • Nomenclators report to the SHAC.
  • For students and guests attending the Academic Recognition Program, refreshments at 10:30 a.m., Rotunda, Center for Fine and Performing Arts
  • Academic Recognition Program, 11:00 a.m., Theater, Center for Fine and Performing Arts
  • Please note that other academic lunches or activities may take place at 12:30 p.m.

We are looking forward to celebrating the 53rd Spring Commencement Ceremony.  Thank you!

Amy Giordano

Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Services

Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 10:21 am