2011 FHSU Commencement and Celebration/Recognition Ceremonies

Important Changes for 2011 -- Commencement ceremonies for 2011 were May 13 and 14.

For official information regarding commencement, visit the Registrar's Commencement page.

Undergraduate Line of March 

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Commencement Activities

Grad Fest 2011
Thursday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union
GradFest is cosponsored by the Alumni Association and University Bookstore. All members of the Class of 2011 are invited to celebrate their upcoming graduation. Sign up for prizes, enjoy refreshments, pick up your regalia, purchase a Class of 2011 t-shirt and find information on everything you need to successfully navigate the graduation process. Look for updates on prizes and activities on the GradFest 2011 Facebook page!

Contact: Charlene Nichols, 785-628-4527, fax to 785-628-4191, alumni@fhsu.edu


Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science Graduation
Saturday, May 7, 3 p.m., Robbins Center
Graduation of the "Pioneer" class of students of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science - this is the first class of KAMS students to graduate. KAMS would love to have faculty and staff from across the university attend the graduation.

Contact: Ron Keller, 785-628-5973 or 785-628-4690, rgkeller@fhsu.edu


Graduate School Honors Ceremony
Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m., Eagle Hall, Robbins Center
This event is intended to recognize graduate education and research and creative activities at FHSU. The following types of activity are highlighted at this ceremony: (1) outstanding contributions of graduate assistants, (2) outstanding thesis and field studies and MFA catalogs, (3) outstanding work by graduate faculty advisors, (4) samples of research and creative activity excellence by graduating master's and education specialist students, and (5) recognition and promotion of research and creative activities during the past year.

The event is open to all graduate students, graduate faculty, staff, and family members. No ticket is required for admission.

Contact: Linda Garner, 785-628-4236, by fax at 628-4479, or lgarner@fhsu.edu


College of Health and Life Sciences Faculty/Student Awards Reception
Wednesday, May 11, 3-4:30 p.m., Black and Gold Room, Memorial Union
Faculty and students in the College of Health and Life Sciences who have been recognized for achievement throughout the academic year will be honored.

Contact: Dr. Jeff Briggs, 785-628-4200 or jbriggs@fhsu.edu


College of Arts and Sciences Honors Reception
Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m., Robbins Center
A reception for those graduating with honors and those being honored by selected departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Tickets are not required, but students are expected to RSVP to the department or college office inviting them.

Contact: Cindy Weigel, 785-628-4234, cweigel@fhsu.edu


Graduate School Commencement Rehearsal
Friday, May 13, 10-11 a.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, Sheridan Hall
A rehearsal for all faculty, staff, and graduate students participating in the Graduate School Commencement.  Master’s and Ed.S. students are encouraged to attend. (No academic gowns)

Contact JoAnne Crispin, Graduate School, 785-628-4237 or jcrispin@fhsu.edu


Graduate and Faculty Luncheon - for Faculty and all Graduating Students
Friday, May 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Hays Ballroom
Graduates are invited to join their classmates, professors, friends and family for the annual Graduate and Faculty Luncheon dedicated to recognizing and honoring all graduates and nominees for the Torch, Pilot, and Navigator awards. Each graduate will receive one complimentary ticket. Guests may purchase tickets for $13.50. All attendees must register. Register on line at http://goforthaysstate.com/gradluncheon2011 or call 888-351-3591 by May 1, 2011.

Contact: Charlene Nichols, 785-628-4527, fax to 785-628-4191, alumni@fhsu.edu


Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal
Friday, May 13, 1:45 p.m., Gross Memorial Coliseum
This rehearsal is for undergraduate students who are graduating. Formal instructions are given to all undergraduate students planning to attend commencement.

Contact: Joey Linn, Ph.D., 785-628-4222, jlinn@fhsu.edu


Department of Nursing Pre-Commencement Recognition Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 3 p.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, Sheridan Hall - Photos start at 2:30 p.m.
This event is to recognize the candidates for the BSN and MSN in nursing and other honors and awards.

This event is open. Parents, significant others, and friends are welcome.  No tickets are required.

Contact:  Elaine Diehl, Department of Nursing, 785-628-4498 or ediehl@fhsu.edu


Department of Communication Disorders Reception
Friday, May 13, 5 p.m., Albertson Hall Foyer
This event is to honor the undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology.

Contact: Amy Finch, Ph.D., 785-628-5366 or afinch@fhsu.edu


Graduate School Commencement
Friday, May 13, 7 p.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, Sheridan Hall
Graduate School Commencement will include hooding and represents official conferral of graduate degrees. Graduate students are encouraged to attend. Graduate students will not participate in the undergraduate commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

  • No tickets are required. Family and friends are invited to attend.
  • There will not be a processional for graduate students. Candidates will be seated by college; signs will be posted on the rows. Ushers will be present.
  • Seating for the disabled is available. One person, if necessary, may accompany an individual in this seating area. There is not sufficient space in this area for entire families. Specific arrangements for candidates with disabilities will be accommodated. Please contact the Graduate School in advance.
  • The candidate, after having his or her name read, is hooded by the graduate dean, receives diploma cover, and congratulations from university president.
  • Cap, gown, hood, tassel, and name cards are available at the Memorial Union Bookstore on campus on May 12 and 13. Note: If students cannot pick up regalia during scheduled times, please contact the University Bookstore at fhsu@bkstr.com
  • Women are requested to wear dark dress shoes and men wear white shirts and dark shoes. Please consider that feet and legs below the gown will be visible on stage. Candidates should wear the tassel on the left side of the cap. Hood will be carried over the left arm.
  • The commencement photographer will take pictures as candidates leave the stage. The ceremony will be shown live on the internet. Also, a DVD of the ceremony will be available.
  • Parking will be available on campus.
  • Flowers will be available for purchase in the lobby. Prices range from $15-$25.
  • A reception will be held in the lobby following the ceremony.

Contact: JoAnne Crispin, Graduate School, 785-628-4237 or jcrispin@fhsu.edu


Department of informatics Capstone Convocation
Friday, May 13, 7 p.m., Black and Gold Room, Memorial Union
Informatics students will present their Capstone projects demonstrating the knowledge and skills they have developed during their university studies.

Contact: Mark Bannister, J.D., 785-628-5339 or markbannister@fhsu.edu


Virtual College Graduate Breakfast
Saturday, May 14, 8-9 a.m., Eagle Communications Hall, Robbins Center
The Virtual College will host a Virtual College Graduate Breakfast before the Commencement Ceremony. This event is open to students who completed their last year of classes through the Virtual College. Invitations will be sent to those who are eligible.

Contact: Virtual College, 785-628-4291


Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m., Gross Memorial Coliseum
This event is the official undergraduate ceremony to confer Fort Hays State University undergraduate degrees.

Contact: Joey Linn, Ph.D., 785-628-4222 or jlinn@fhsu.edu