Commencement ceremony changes

The Office of Registrar has just added a third time slot for the commencement ceremony of undergraduate students due to the number of the graduates and guests. The ceremonies are scheduled for May 7 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Tucker Coliseum.

The graduates will attend the ceremony that matches the department they belong to.

The college of eTech and Natural and Health Science ceremony is at 10 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Arts and Humanities and College of Business is at 2 p.m. The ceremony for College of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and all associates degrees is at 6 p.m.

“I believe that it is good that Tech is taking a more organized approach to the large number of students,” said Brad Potts, senior creative writing major from Charleston who is graduating this semester. “It saves both the graduates and the families’ stress of waiting and large crowds.”

Potts noticed that the graduation ceremonies at Tech have become larger than his freshman year in 2012.

Though the graduating class seems to be expanding there are still rules that must be followed for attendance. According to the e-mail sent to all graduates, “participation in the commencement ceremony is required of all degree candidates, except in cases involving hardship, and those who are not be able to attend the ceremony need to petition in writing to Dr. AJ Anglin, the vice president of the Office of the Academic Affairs, that the degree be awarded in absentia.”

In the ceremony, all the graduates shall wear academic regalia, and they may not put on any decorations and other items other than Tech Honors cords,
Tech Honors medallion, Tradition Keepers cords and pins representative of university groups, according to the e-mail sent to all the graduates.

Graduates who missed the Graduation Fair, which was an event held last week by the Tech Bookstore to give students a chance to buy regalia packages including cap, gown and tassel for the ceremony, have still a chance to order them on the Bookstore’s website.

Additional information regarding the spring 2016 commencement ceremony is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.