Graduation is set for two ceremonies on Dec. 14, due to the high number of expected graduates and to maximize comfort.

Registrar Lynda Langham hopes that graduation will be “a very good experience with it being split in two ceremonies.” She says the split “makes a lot of difference in the comfort of the guests and students.”

As of Dec. 3, Langham announced that just under 1,000 students are projected to graduate in December.

Students from the James I. Perkins College of Education and College of Fine Arts will participate in the first commencement at 9:30 a.m. Students should be at the Coliseum by 8:15 a.m. for line up. 

The next ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. for students from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Students should be at the Coliseum at 1 p.m. Guests should arrive at the same time. 

“The earlier they [guests] come, the better opportunities they have for their seating,” Langham said.

There is no limit to the number of guests students can invite; however, space is limited. 

State Rep. Travis Clardy will speak at the ceremonies. 

Langham said there are a lot of factors that play into the duration of the ceremony making it hard to determine the length; however, the ceremonies normally last a couple of hours. 

It is recommended for students participating in the ceremonies to wear comfortable shoes since they will be walking down a good number of stairs. Also Langham encourages students to try on their caps and gowns when they pick them up to prevent issues. 

Photography is permitted, but guests are not allowed on the Coliseum floor. A professional photographer will photograph the ceremony.

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