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When and where is the commencement ceremony held?
commencement ceremony for students receiving a master's or undergraduate
degree from the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the
College of Health and Life Sciences, will be held on Friday, May 15,
2015 at 6 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum.The
commencement ceremony for students receiving a master's or
undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and the
College of Education and Technology will be held on Saturday, May 16,
2015 at 10 a.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Where do I park for the commencement ceremony?
You can park
in the Gross Memorial Coliseum parking lot until it is filled.
Typically, this lot fills up at least one hour before commencement and
traffic is extremely heavy. If you plan to park in the lot, leave early
to allow sufficient arrival time.Once the Gross Memorial
Coliseum parking lot is full, you will be directed to other areas on
campus. A shuttle bus service is available to and from Gross Memorial
Coliseum for those who park on campus.For those who choose to
view the ceremony in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, parking is
available on campus near Sheridan Hall.
What provisions will be made for mobility challenged attendees of the commencement ceremony?
between gates 2 and 3 at Gross Memorial Coliseum is a designated
drop-off zone for mobility challenged guests. Access vans will be
available on campus to transport disabled guests to and from Gross
Memorial Coliseum.Seating is available in the bleacher areas on
either side in front of the stage. No reservations are available for
this section. One person, if necessary, may accompany an individual in
this seating area. There is not sufficient space in this area for entire
families.An interpreter will be available near Section C on the
main floor for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. Limited seating
within close proximity will be available.An elevator to the
balcony is located between gates 2 and 3. Please note that you will have
to climb at least a few stairs once on the balcony level to reach the
Where can I get my cap and gown?
You can pick
up your cap, gown, tassel and name card from the University Bookstore.
The pick-up dates and times in the Memorial Union are yet to be
scheduled.If you would like your cap and gown mailed to you, please contact the University Bookstore at email@example.com.
How and when will I receive my diploma?
mailed to the address you indicated on your intent to graduate form, NOT
your permanent address. To change the address your diploma will be
mailed to, you will need to contact your degree analyst in the
Registrar's Office, 785-628-4222, before the end of your final semester.
If I don't attend the ceremony, can I still get my cap and gown?
Yes. If you
are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, the University Bookstore
will ship your cap and gown to you. Contact the University Bookstore at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why am I not listed as graduating with honors?
There is no honors distinction for Master's or Ed.S. degrees.For
undergraduate students, honors are calculated based on students'
cumulative (from all colleges attended) and FHSU grade point averages.
Both the cumulative and the FHSU GPA must be at or above the required
level in order to be recognized for graduating with honors.
Will I receive honor cords to wear at commencement if I'm graduating with honors?
Registrar's Office does provide honor cords for undergraduate students.. They can be picked up with your cap and gown. Also, some departments on campus provide their graduates with cords or other
adornments to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Contact your
department for more information.
Once your order has been received, photos are typically shipped within 5-7 days. If you have not received your photos after 2 weeks, contact Chappell Graduation Images directly at 1-800-261-2576.