Fall 2013 Commencement
Commencement is Friday, December 13, 2013
Rehearsal, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:30am
Graduates must be lined up by 10:15 AM 2nd and 3rd floor Somsen)
Commencement, Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:30am
(Graduates must be lined up by 9:45 AM 2nd and 3rd floor Somsen)
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Participation in Commencement is expected of all 2013 Fall Semester graduates. If you are unable to participate in Commencement, you are expected to notify us by November 8th This can be done by changing your online application status to NO – Not Walking. A list of Commencement participants will be posted outside of the Warrior Hub (second floor Maxwell) during the first week of November, as well as on the Registrar’s website. A copy of this list will also be posted at the University Center Rochester. If there are any corrections to be made on this list, please notify Kristine by November 8th to ensure that the Commencement program will be correct.
Caps, Gowns & Other Items
Caps, Gowns and other items that you will need to participate in Commencement will be available in the WSU Bookstore for purchase beginning November 8th through December 13th. In addition, the Bookstore will send out an email regarding “Grad Finale”, a special senior event being held on Friday, November 8th, 2013 on the Winona Campus. The Bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You will need to know the degree that you will be receiving – Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Masters Degree or Doctorate of Nursing Practices. If you are unsure of your degree, please check your DARS.
Commencement Announcements are available at the Bookstore and will be available at the Grad Finale. The Bookstore will send out an email regarding “Grad Finale”, a special senior event being held on Friday, November 8th, 2013 on the Winona Campus. For additional information, contact Deb Pelowski at (507) 457-5673 or check the WSU Bookstore website.
Honor Cords may be picked up at the Grad Finale on Friday, November 8th on the Winona Campus. They will also be available for pick up at the Warrior Hub (second floor Maxwell), beginning November 12th, they may also be picked up the day of rehearsal, December 13th. Honors for Fall Commencement are calculated with the GPA at the end of the previous Spring Semester. To review the honors policy, visit http://www.winona.edu/registrar/honors.asp. Honor cords are worn over the left shoulder.
Your presence at rehearsal is important for Commencement to run smoothly. If for some reason you are not able to attend rehearsal, please arrange for a graduating friend to relay specific instructions to you. Please refer to the top of this web page for date and times.
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Seating of the candidates for associate and bachelor degrees will be alphabetical by name, within college and degree group. Candidates for graduation will proceed after the stage party and be followed by the faculty.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a graduate that will be using a wheelchair, crutches, or in need of a sign language interpreter, please inform Kristine Tibor at (507) 457-5036 prior to December 3rd for special arrangements to be made.
Commencement Line-up for the processional will also be held on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Somsen Hall. It is extremely important that you be in line by 9:45 a.m. on December 13th. Row assignments will be posted on the walls inside all the doors on the first floor of Somsen Hall. Find your row number, and then line up on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Somsen Hall. The row signs will be posted on the walls for you to find your row. A printed Commencement program will be placed on your chair in McCown Gymnasium.
Conferring of Degrees
Conferring of Degrees will be done by degree group. You will be directed to stand for this event.
Walking Across the Stage
Walking across the stage to receive your diploma cover will be done by college, and by degree group within the college. The first row of the conferring degree group will move to the platform to receive the diploma cover while the remaining rows remain seated until “cued” by an usher to proceed as a row to the platform. After receiving it, return to your seat via the opposite aisle.
Photographs of each graduate being congratulated by President Olson will be taken by LifeTouch Photography. You may order copies of this photo by using the form which will be inserted in your printed Commencement program. They will also notify you via email. (Notice the deadline date for ordering additional photos.)
Recessional will follow the Commencement program. Graduates will follow the stage party and faculty. Guests are asked to wait until graduates have left the hall. Please plan to meet your guests at a pre-arranged site away from Memorial Hall.
Diplomas for students completing all coursework at the end of Fall Semester will be mailed in February to the diploma address listed on your graduation application. Please keep the Registrar’s Office informed of changes to your diploma address. Changes can be made to the online application for up to one week after graduation. After that time please email Kristine Tibor of any address changes.
Doors open 1 hour prior to the ceremony. There are NO tickets for this event. If seating on the bleachers would be uncomfortable, it is possible for friends and family to view the ceremony from the IWC 145. Food, beverages and balloons WILL NOT BE ALLOWED in McCown Gymnasium or the Performing Arts Center during the Commencement ceremony. Senior Citizen Seating will be available in a specified section located on the main floor.Special Seating arrangements can be made for guests with a physical disability or in need of a sign language interpreter. To make special arrangements, please contact Kristine Tibor at the Warrior Hub or call (507) 457-5036 before December 3rd.
Televised Commencement ceremony will be broadcast by HBC in Winona on Channel 25. The ceremony will be re-telecast at later dates. The dates and times will be posted on the WSU web page.
Parking lots on campus are available for commencement guests the day of the ceremony. For a downloadable parking map, click here. For a map of entrances to the building, click here. A Winona city map, directions to campus and other directional tools is available here, visit:
Graduating students may only attend one Commencement Ceremony. Students scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of Spring Semester participate in Spring Commencement.
Students scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of Fall Semester participate in Fall Commencement.Students scheduled to complete their degree requirements at the end of Summer Session have their choice to attend either the Spring Commencement or the Fall Commencement.
Students approved to graduate at the end of the Summer Session may choose to attend either the Spring or Fall Commencement.The deadline for summer graduates to inform the Warrior Hub which commencement they wish to attend is the midterm date of the preceding Spring term. Summer graduates who do not notify the Warrior Hub by the midterm date will be invited to attend the proceeding Fall Commencement. Provisional (Commencement) Honors for approved Summer graduates attending the Spring Commencement will be calculated using the preceding Fall term GPA data. Provisional (Commencement) Honors for approved Summer graduates attending the Fall Commencement will be calculated using their final Summer GPA data.