What day is both the saddest and the happiest day around here? Commencement. It's hard to say goodbye to dear friends every single year, all while bursting with pride and joy over their accomplishments and their incredibly bright futures! We hope to make Commencement a weekend to remember, and a meaningful experience for both the graduates and their families.
Sunday, May 25 at 11 a.m.
Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts
At 10:30 a.m. seniors and faculty line up for Baccalaureate in front of Crounse. In case of rain, lineup for Baccalaureate will be in the Hazelrigg Gym in Sutcliffe Hall. Seating for the Baccalaureate service is first-come, first-served, with overflow seating in the simulcast area in the Alumni Gym. No tickets required for admission, however, reserved seating is available and required for handicapped guests. Family and friends are welcome to attend Baccalaureate and other weekend activities.
Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. in front of Old Centre
You may want to take photos there, but we encourage you to do so quickly and early. After the faculty marshals begin placing the seniors in line, they will have to remain in place for the procession to the Norton Center. RAIN PLAN: In case of rain, lineup for Commencement will be in the Hazelrigg Gym in Sutcliffe Hall.
Sunday, May 25 at 3 p.m.
Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts
The ceremony will be simulcast in the Alumni Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall. To assist our seniors and senior parents in making plans for this important event, information about Commencement weekend activities is listed here.
Feel free to contact Mona Wyatt at (859) 238-5345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 238-5208 with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help.
Seniors receive a letter and a ticket request form in February asking them to indicate by March 15 the number of tickets they are requesting for family and friends for the Commencement ceremony. Based on the number of people expected to graduate, we can guarantee each senior 4 tickets in Newlin Hall. After Newlin Hall is filled, tickets to the simulcast in the Alumni Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall will be assigned, allowing at least five more tickets to each senior who needs them. Seniors can request more tickets than the anticipated number available, and we will give out any extras through a lottery system.
Because seating is limited, we suggest you communicate with your senior concerning your ticket needs and encourage them to return the form to us quickly. Ticket requests received after the deadline will be processed last. Commencement tickets will be mailed directly to the seniors on campus in early May (unless they are studying abroad - in that case, the tickets will be mailed to the parents).
Special needs seating is available for people confined to wheelchairs and for anyone physically unable to climb stairs. Seniors also will be asked to indicate the number of guests requiring special needs seating on the reservation form. Those same seats may be reserved for Baccalaureate, and handicapped parking is also available. Tickets may also be split if necessary.
A schedule of Commencement weekend events is listed at the end of this information. Reservations are required for the Saturday reception (no charge), Saturday family picnic, senior family party (no charge), and the Sunday luncheon.
If you need a reservation form or wish to make reservations, please call the Office of Parent Programs at (859) 238-5208 after March 1. Meal tickets will be mailed directly to the parents. (And don't worry, if you forget to bring the tickets, we'll have your name on a list.) Please note that there is no charge for the senior to any of these events, but please include them on your form so that we have an accurate count. Please make your reservations by May 13.
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If you have any questions do not hesitate to call Mona Wyatt at (859) 238-5345 or email email@example.com or call (859) 238-5208 with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help.
Announcements, Caps/Gowns, Class Rings
Formal printed announcements are available from Herff Jones through the Centre Bookstore. In February the Centre Bookstore sends each senior a packet of information with an order form. The forms are mailed to Herff Jones and they ship the announcements directly to the student or parent. Students will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from Herff Jones in March (date and time to be announced).
Caps and Gowns. The date for ordering caps and gowns will be announced. If anyone is unable to meet with the representatives at that time, they should go to The Centre Bookstore and see Linda Minteer and she will take the order and measurements. The cap and gown are “keepsakes,” so seniors will not need to turn them in after the ceremony.
Centre Class Rings. Class rings can be ordered from the representatives of Herff Jones sometime in March (to be announced).
If you have questions, feel free to contact Linda Minteer at The Centre Bookstore or call (859) 238-1516. You may also order online from Herff Jones.
In addition to the offerings at The Centre Bookstore, the Alumni Association offers an assortment of gifts including: a round or square silver Centre pendant; sterling silver cufflinks with the Centre logo; a Centre lapel pin; an Old Centre print by James Werline; a set of 4 frosted old-fashioned Centre glasses; as well as Centre tote bags, golf sets (which include Centre golf balls, tees, and a towel), coasters, ornaments, C6H0 doormats, and playing cards.
You may contact the Alumni House toll-free at (877) 678-9822 or locally at (859) 238-5500, or view the items and order online at the Centre Store.
Centre is pleased to announce that the Commencement ceremony will be offered on a live webcast. This will be a professionally-produced webcast filmed by a company that we have used for many years, the same company that will be producing our DVDs. The webcast will offer a nice option to friends and family who are unable to attend the event. Stay tuned to Centre's website as we get closer to the Commencement date for more information.
The College has contracted with a professional company to produce DVDs of the Commencement and Baccalaureate services. An order form will be mailed to you along with all the other Commencement information and reservation forms. PLEASE NOTE: The DVDs will not be mailed to you until late July.
A local photographer will photograph graduates as they receive their diploma. Information with instructions for how to purchase the photos will be available at the registration tables during Commencement and on the Centre parent webpage in the Commencement section. Group photo sessions (for groupings of your family and friends) will be also offered. More details about this will be available at the registration tables.
2014 Commencement Schedule
SATURDAY, MAY 24
All events on Saturday are free to faculty and seniors; everyone is welcome to attend the dessert reception and family party at no charge.
5:30 p.m. HONOR WALK CEREMONY and Senior Class Tribute on the Old Centre Lawn. Rain Plan: Alumni Gym.
6:45 p.m. Senior Class Photo. Location to be determined.
7:00-8:30 p.m. Family Picnic on the lawn in front of the Campus Center. No charge for seniors or faculty but reservations required. Adults $9; children ages 4-10 $3; children 3 and under are free. Dessert and coffee will be served at the Alumni House Reception from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
8:30-9:30 p.m. Reception sponsored by the Centre Alumni Association at the Chenault Alumni House. No charge. Bring the whole family over for dessert and coffee and browse through the Alumni Store.
9:30-10:30 p.m.FIREWORKS on the lawn in front of the Campus Center. No charge. Light refreshments, freebies, and door prizes! Tentative plans include music with a DJ and a fireworks show at dusk, co-sponsored by Student Government Association. Bring the whole family.
RAIN PLAN: In case of rain, the party will be inside the Campus Center. Music, food, and door prizes! The fireworks will be delayed or cancelled. The decision will be made very close to the time and announced by the DJ.
SUNDAY, MAY 25
10:30 a.m. LINEUP: Seniors and faculty line up for baccalaureate in front of Crounse Hall.
RAIN PLAN: In case of rain, lineup for baccalaureate will be in the Hazelrigg Gym inside Sutcliffe Hall.
11 a.m. BACCALAUREATE SERVICE, Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts. Open seating. No tickets required for admission. However, some reserved seating is available and required for handicapped guests.
Noon-1:30 p.m. LUNCHEON, the Campus Center and tent in on the lawn. No charge for seniors. Reservations required. Adults $8; children ages 4-10 $3; children 3 and under are free.
2 p.m. LINEUP: Seniors line up for Commencement in front of Old Centre. Doors open at the Norton Center for the ceremony and in the Alumni Gym in Sutcliffe for the simulcast seating. All guest seats are reserved. Tickets are required for admission to both the ceremony and the simulcast. NOTE: Faculty line up at Crounse Hall.
RAIN PLAN: In case of rain, lineup for Commencement will be in the Hazelrigg Gym inside Sutcliffe Hall.
3 p.m. COMMENCEMENT, Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts. All seats in Newlin Hall require a ticket for admission. CEREMONY SIMULCAST in Alumni Gym in Sutcliffe Hall. Tickets are also required for the simulcast seating.
5 p.m. (approximately) GRADUATES RECEPTION honoring our newest alumni and their families on the lawn in front of the Norton Center. Faculty will be located on the lawn by signs indicating the majors so that their former students and their families may say farewell. REMEMBER: Graduates may keep their caps and gowns.
RAIN PLAN: In case of rain, graduates, faculty, and families may come to Hazelrigg Gym to say their farewells. Signs for the majors will be against the walls and faculty will gather near their major sign.