Commencement Ceremony Information

Spring 2017

Academic Dress

Place cap on the head squarely. In addition to appropriate attire, women are requested to wear dark dress shoes and men to wear white shirts and dark shoes. Please consider that feet and legs below the gown will be visible on stage.

Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates wear tassel on the right side of the cap; change the tassel to the left side when their degree is conferred. Candidates for Master's and Ed.S. degrees should wear the tassel on the left side of the cap. Hoods should be carried over the left arm.

Campus Tours

University campus tours will be available. Tours will start at the Sunset Lounge in the Memorial Union and are open to all students, family and friends. If you have never visited our campus, this is a perfect opportunity! The first session of tours will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the second session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours are given courtesy of the Admissions Office.

Ceremony Dates and Times

2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony information. On Friday, May 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum, all undergraduate degree candidates from College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics will graduate. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum, all undergraduate degree candidates from the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Education and the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences will graduate. Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum, all graduate degree candidates will graduate.

Courtesy Statement

Candidates are required to participate in the entire ceremony. The University expects courtesy to be extended to all candidates crossing the stage. Therefore, please do not shout or applaud to an individual candidate. An appropriate time will be announced for applause. Noisemakers or air horns are not allowed. The audience is asked to refrain from moving around and leaving to ensure all graduates are provided appropriate courtesy.

EMT & Ambulance Services

EMS will be available between Gates 2 & 3 during all commencement ceremonies.


Show your graduate how much they mean to you with flowers! Roses will be available for the graduates. Prices range from $15 - $25 and will be available on the first level of Gross Memorial Coliseum.

Hotels & Accommodations

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Invitations can be purchased through the alumni association.

Maps and Directions

 Driving Directions to our Campus:
- Coming from 183 South, turn left at 8th Street and go straight (west) to the FHSU campus
- Coming from 183 North, (option 1) turn right at 27th Street, take 27th St. to Hall St., turn south (left) and go to the FHSU campus
- Coming from 183 North, (option 2) Take Vine St. south to 8th St., turn right and go straight (west) to the FHSU campus. - Coming from Interstate 70 East or West, turn south at US 183 Bypass (exit 157) and go straight to the FHSU campus.

 City of Hays


Please leave early to allow sufficient arrival time. Traffic is extremely heavy in the Gross Memorial Coliseum area for Commencement. The Coliseum parking lot is normally full one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

Shuttle bus service for those who park on campus will be provided to and from Gross Memorial Coliseum. In the event of rain, please park on campus.

Drivers may let off passengers with disabilities at Gates 2 and 3. Access vans are available to transport passengers with disabilities who park on campus to and from Gross Memorial Coliseum and Sheridan Hall. After the event, vehicles leaving the parking lot at the north exits will be directed north. Those exiting south will be directed south.

Participation Eligibility

Candidates completing all degree requirements (associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees) during the spring or fall semester are eligible to participate in spring commencement.

Students with reasonable expectation to finish a degree during the summer term may participate in the spring commencement prior to completion. Summer graduates also have the option to attend the following spring commencement. However, all graduates are allowed only one opportunity to participate in commencement. Names will appear in the program for the ceremony in which the graduates are scheduled to participate. Undergraduate students present requests to the Registrar. Graduate students present requests to the Dean of the Graduate School. Contact your degree analyst in the Graduate School before the end of March.


Photographers from Chappell Graduation Images will take individual photos as each graduate approaches the stage, crosses the stage, and at the stage exit ramp. Proofs and forms for ordering will be mailed by Chappell Graduation Images to each candidate after Commencement. Please allow up to five business days for mailing. There is no obligation to purchase photos.

During the ceremony, individuals who wish to take personal pictures may do so from an area designated on either side of the stage.

Only press and official university photographers with passes will be allowed to take pictures in front of the stage. Family members are welcome to take pictures on the stage after the ceremony and in front of the designated backdrops located around the track.


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Guest seating is available on the bleachers and in the balcony area. All seats in Gross Memorial Coliseum are first-come, first-served and are normally filled one hour before the start of the ceremony. Faculty will be seated with the candidates on the arena floor of Gross Memorial Coliseum. Persons other than degree candidates attending Commencement are asked to enter the Coliseum through Gates 1, 2, 3 or 4 - not through Cunningham Hall. Relatives and friends choosing to view Commencement in the Coliseum will be seated on the bleachers and in the balcony. Reserving large sections of seats in the bleacher and balcony areas is not allowed. Please arrive early.

Seating arrangements for the disabled are available in the bleacher area on either side in front of the stage. There are no reservations for this area. One person, if necessary, will be allowed to accompany an individual in this seating area. There is not sufficient space in this area for entire families. The most convenient entrances are Gate 2 and 3. An interpreter for people who are hearing impaired will be near Section C in the bleacher area. Limited seating within close proximity will be available.

Viewing Options

The ceremony will be held at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Seating is available on the bleachers and in the balcony area. All seats in the coliseum are normally filled one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Please arrive early.

Commencement will be broadcast live to campus residence halls and over two area cable TV systems. Eagle Communications will carry the live telecast on KFHS- TV, Channel 17, in Hays, Ellis, Russell and WaKeeney. In addition, Rural Telephone will carry the live broadcast of Commencement to nearly 40 communities in Northwest Kansas. Residents in communities served by Rural Telephone should check their local listings for the channel in their community.

Commencement will be broadcast live on the Internet. Those who wish to view Commencement on a computer should download Windows Media Player prior to May 13. For the Internet option, use Windows or Mac OS X v. 10.3.9.


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