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Friday, May 23
10:00 a.m. - Army ROTC Commissioning
Baker Memorial Chapel

7:30 p.m. - Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation
Gill Center

Saturday, May 24
2:00 p.m. - Commencement
Gill Center

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Commencement 2014

Overview

Commencement

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McDaniel College will hold its 144th Commencement at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. More than 600 bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be awarded in the ceremony in Gill Center.

Student awards include the Argonaut Award, which is presented yearly to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the best honors paper.

On Friday, May 23, at 10:00am graduating McDaniel seniors who are members of the College’s Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army. McDaniel has had an Army ROTC program since 1919.

Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, in Gill Center.

For more information on Commencement weekend activities call 410-857-2247.

FAQs

Caps & Gowns
Order your caps and gowns online here.

Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation: May 23, 2014 7:30PM
Students are required to wear academic caps and gowns. (But no hoods)  Non-academic cords, pins, and stoles are allowed at this event to honor non-academic campus activities such as social clubs. These items must be tasteful and approved by the Student Activities Office.

Commencement: May 24, 2014 2:00PM
Commencement is a ceremony to honor academic achievement.  Students are required to wear proper academic regalia to be allowed to process in Commencement.  Proper academic regalia includes caps, gowns, hoods, and honor cords associated with academic honors such as College Scholars, and national or departmental academic honors societies.  Non-Academic cords or stoles (i.e. representing social organizations)  are not worn at this event.

If you borrow undergraduate regalia, you will wear the hood only at Commencement. Do not bring it to Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation.

Masters: Proper academic regalia for graduate students includes caps and gowns. A masters robe differs from a baccalaureate robe. Please be sure you have the proper regalia. Masters recipients should not wear their undergraduate robe. Masters Reception: May 24, 2014 10:30- 12:30 Academic Hall RSVP.

Photographs
The College contracts with professional photographers to be set up near the Commencement stage to take photographs of each graduate as he or she receives their degree and is congratulated by President Casey. Family and friends may take their own photographs along the processional route from Baker Memorial Chapel and from areas near the stage, but are asked not to block the aisles nor the view of seated guests.

A color proof and details for ordering prints will be mailed to the student’s home address. Placement of order and costs are the responsibility of the graduate.

Considerations for Guests
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, to the Gill Center. Tickets are required for all guests. The ceremony lasts about 2 1/4 hours. As a courtesy to the graduates and their families, you are expected to stay seated for the entire ceremony.

If seating is required for family or friends with special needs, please contact Academic Affairs by email ldeyerberg@mcdaniel.edu or phone 410-857-2504 in advance to arrange reserved seating. The ceremony will be sign interpreted.  A Special Reserved Section will be made available to guests with disabilities.

To allow all to hear and enjoy the Commencement ceremony, we encourage you to applaud (and cheer) for individual graduates, but request that you refrain from celebrating until after the final recession. Drinking and raucous behavior during the ceremony will not be permitted.

Nearby Accommodations
There are plenty of accommodations and local restaurants for you to enjoy during your stay.

Ceremony Instructions

Commencement, an important day for you, your family and friends, is rapidly approaching.  Below you will find Ceremony Instructions.

Graduates and their families and friends are encouraged to leave ample time to arrive at Gill Center (candidates for degrees should arrive at Baker Memorial Chapel no later than 1:00 p.m.). By tradition, the commencement ceremony is a formal, dignified event to honor the academic achievement of you and your classmates. To help preserve the decorum of the event, we kindly request that you exercise etiquette appropriate to the occasion. As a courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are requested to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony, usually a two-hour program.

Admissions tickets are required for the commencement exercise. The platform will be setup to provide excellent viewing from all locations. If seating is required for family or friends with special needs due to a disability (e.g., those who are deaf or hard of hearing, or in wheelchairs, please contact Academic Affairs by email ldeyerberg@mcdaniel.edu or phone 410-857-2504 in advance to make arrangements.  A Special Reserved Sections will be made available to guests with disabilities (and one additional guest).  These guests will need special tickets, in addition to the general admission tickets  to be seated in the reserved section.
 

Important reminders:

1. Report to Baker Memorial Chapel by 1:00PM (rain site: Old Gill Gym by 1:00PM) Please be on time.
2. Pick up your name card at a table outside the Chapel Lobby

  • Undergraduate student honor medallions will be distributed here.
    *If you borrow regalia,  be sure to wear your hood for the ceremony.

  • Master's candidates will be hooded on the stage during the ceremony.

3. Find your correct place in line according to your line-up number, and be seated in the pews. (Lowest number will sit closest to window in each row).
4. Listen to the instructions given by the marshals; when told to stand and move, follow the person in front of you.

Please be familiar with the Commencement Ceremony Instructions.

In order for your name to be correctly pronounced at the commencement ceremony, it is imperative that every student who is graduating call and say their name three times.

Undergraduate Students:
Provost Stewart will announce your name; please call 410-871-3387 (extension 3387 from campus) and pronounce your name slowly three times.

Graduate Students:
Dean Zirpoli will announce your name; please call 410-857-2527 (extension 2527 from campus) and pronounce your name slowly three times.

Congratulations and best wishes!
 

Major Events Outline

  1. Robing/Line Up – Baker Memorial Chapel 1:00PM  (rain site – Old Gill – 1:00PM)
  2. Processional – Leaves Chapel – 1:45PM – Moves through the Central College Plaza (Red square) and then on to the Gill Center
  3. Degree Awarding – By degree, Masters first, then Bachelors. Listen to Dean Reiff, Dr. Johnson-Ross, and the Marshals
  4. Recessional – Reverse order of processional. Stay in line until you are in the reception area (Academic Hall Plaza)
     

1.  Line Up
On your line-up card, you will find a letter (R or L) and a number. The letter refers to the line you are to be in : “R” for right side as you face the front of The Gill Center and “L” for the left side as you face the front of The Gill Center.  The number refers to the actual place in line. It is very important to be in the proper place so that you will be on stage when your name is read. Please do not try to second guess the line-up; just be where you are assigned and you will be correct.

*SPECIAL NOTE:  On certain cards, there is the notation, “Start a New Row”. It is important that you start a new row. Do this even if there are empty seats in the preceding row. An asterick “*” on a card indicates the second person in a row. Please make sure the person in front of you has a card marked “Start a New Row” and that this person remembers to start a new row. Also, The last person in a row has the marking “Last Person in Row." The marshals will need to know that you are the first person or the last person, so tell them as you enter the row.

2. Processional
It is very important that the processional leaves the Chapel at 1:45PM. At 1:40PM A final check of the class will be made, and missing people will be marked absent. At this time, the marshals will take control of the processional.

  1. Stay in the correct line.

  2. Check the person in front and in back of you to ensure that the three of you are correct.

  3. Remember to “start a new row” if you are the designated person and tell the marshal.

General Processional Route in Gill Center

3. Degree Awarding
At the proper time in the ceremony, Dr. Casey will indicate that we will now award the various degrees approved by the faculty.  Candidates for the Master’s degree and then Bachelor of Arts degree will be asked to stand. At this point, follow the instructions from the marshal. A marshal will come down and give row-by-row instructions. As you pass him/her when you leave your row of seats, give him your name so he can check it against the master list.

Graduate Students:
You are to come to the platform on instruction. Please go to the top step on the right side of the platform and wait to be hooded. When you feel the tap on your right arm and your name is called, proceed to the center of the platform to receive your diploma.  Take the diploma in your left hand so you can shake hands with the President and Board Chair with your right hand. Continue off the platform on the left side, continue down the left aisle (as you face front) back to your row as directed by the marshal, and then move to your seat and sit down.

Undergraduate Students:
You are to come to the platform on instruction. Please go to the top step on the right side of the platform and wait until your name is read. When your name is read, proceed to the center of the platform to receive your diploma.  Take the diploma in your left hand so you can shake hands with the President and Board Chair with your right hand. Continue off the platform on the left side, continue down the left aisle (as you face front) back to your row as directed by the marshal, and then move to your seat and sit down.

4. Recessional
The recessional will be in reverse order of the processional. After the platform party, trustees, and faculty have left the stage, follow the directions of the Marshals. The Master’s degree recipients will be directed to move to the side aisles, move toward the stage, across the front, and then down the center aisle. The Bachelor’s degree recipients also will move down the side aisles toward the stage, across the front, and then down the center aisle after the Master’s degree recipients. Take direction from the marshal.

KEEP IN LINE AND MOVING UNTIL YOU ARE PAST ALBERT NORMAN WARD HALL. PLEASE DO NOT STOP OR STEP OUT OF LINE TO GREET RELATIVES.  You should designate a meeting place near the Hoover Library where you can meet family and friends once you have recessed to Academic Hall Plaza. You may also wish to ring the Old Main Bell at this time and take pictures.

Things to Remember

  1. Stay in line and follow the marshal. Please do not go off looking for your seat.

  2. Tassel is on the left of the cap, and the cap is parallel to the floor (not on the back of your head).

  3. Men should remove caps for the following: National Anthem, Alma Mater.

  4. During the awarding of diplomas, move to the top step of the platform and wait for your name to be read by Interim Dean Zirpoli if you are a graduate student and Provost Stewart if you are an undergraduate student.

Undergraduate Checklist

Junior Year and First Semester of Senior Year

  1. Meet with your advisor and review your program evaluation requirements.
  2. Make sure your majors, minors and specializations are correct.
  3. Plan your Senior semester registrations, according to degree requirements.
  4. If you need to change your anticipated completion date, contact the Registrar's Office.
  5. Check your McDaniel email for graduation information.

Last Semester of Senior Year

  1. Same instructions as above.
  2. Commencement information will start to arrive from several campus offices, starting in early January.
  3. Check to be sure you do not have any Personal Restrictions on your record.  Go to The Archway, Log In and select Authorizations and Restrictions from the Student Menu.  Look at Personal Restrictions.
  4. Fill out an application for graduation via the Archway.

Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will I receive my diploma?
August diplomas will be mailed in mid October.  December diplomas will be mailed in late February.  May diplomas are handed out at commencement or mailed the last week of May.

Does my major/minor/specialization appear on my diploma?
Your name and degree appear on the diploma.   Majors/minors/specializations appear on your transcript.

Do Undergraduate students receive Latin Honors?
Latin Honors are recognized at graduation and recorded on the student's transcript.

How do I know if I am receiving departmental honors or a honor society recognition?
Contact the Department Chair to find out about this information and for information on possibly receiving honor cords.

When should I start receiving information about graduation?
You should start receiving information about graduation several months before your anticipated completion date.    Commencement information will start in the February before the appropriate May commencement date.  Be sure to check your McDaniel email and commencement websites for this information.

Is there a practice for graduation?
We do not have a practice of the ceremony.

Do I wear my cap and gown to the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation?
Undergraduate students should wear their cap, gown but no hood.

Is there a ceremony for students who graduate in August and/or December?
August/December graduates can participate in the following May commencement ceremony.  Please contact the Registrar's Office to make sure that you are on our list for participating in commencement.

Will I receive my diploma on graduation day?
May candidates will receive their diplomas on commencement day.  August and December graduates who are participating in the commencement ceremony will have already received their diplomas via the mail.  On commencement day, you will receive a diploma tube with a special congratulatory letter.

Can I request a duplicate diploma?
Requests for duplicate diplomas can be sent to the Registrar's Office.  Include your name (as it appeared on your diploma), graduation date, and where you would like your diploma sent.

When and how will I receive tickets?
Graduating students will receive an email on April 21 with instructions for how to obtain tickets.

How many tickets will I receive for guests?   Can I receive additional tickets?
Students may request up to six tickets.  We will not know until after May 16  if additional tickets will be available.

I have family in other countries wishing to gain visas or other documentation for travel to the U.S., I need a letter from the College stating that they are attending Commencement.  Where do I get that letter?
Contact the Registrar's Office for the appropriate letter.

Undergraduate Commencement questions not answered:  Academic Affairs 410-857-2247

Graduate Checklist

  1. Check with your advisor to make sure you are eligible for graduation.
  2. Check to be sure you do not have any Personal Restrictions on your record.  Go to The Archway, Log In and select Authorizations and Restrictions from the Student Menu.  Look at Personal Restrictions.
  3. Fill out an application for graduation. Log into your Archway account, go to Student -Registrar’s Office, fill out the Application to Graduate
  4. Be sure to check your McDaniel email for commencement information.

When will I receive my diploma?
August diplomas will be mailed in mid September.  December diplomas will be mailed in mid January.  May diplomas are handed out at commencement or mailed the last week of May.

What appears on my diploma?
Your name and degree appear on the diploma.   Degree is Master of Science or Master of Liberal Arts.  Course of study/specialization appears on your transcript.

Do Master's degree students receive Latin Honors?
Because all Master's degree students must have a grade point average of 3.0, no honors are given.  Only Undergraduate students receive Latin Honors.

When should I start receiving information about graduation?
You should start receiving information about graduation several months before your anticipated completion date.    Commencement information will start in the February before the appropriate May commencement date.  Be sure to check your McDaniel email and commencement websites for this information.

When will I receive my hood?
Graduate students will receive their hood on stage during the Commencement ceremony.

Is there a practice for graduation?
We do not have a practice for the ceremony.

Do Master's degree candidates attend the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation?
No, this is an Undergraduate event.

Is there a ceremony for students who graduate in August and/or December?
August/December graduates can participate in the following May commencement ceremony.  Please contact the Administrator for Graduate Registration (sdeane@mcdaniel.edu) to make sure that you are on our list for participating in commencement.

There will be a reception for Graduate students and their families, on May 25 just prior to Commencement ceremony.  Invitations will be sent in April.

Will I receive my diploma on graduation day?
May candidates will receive their diplomas on commencement day.  August and December graduates that are participating in the commencement ceremony will have already received their diplomas via the mail.  On commencement day, you will receive a diploma tube with a special congratulatory letter.

Can I request a duplicate diploma?
Requests for duplicate diplomas can be sent to the Registrar's Office.  Include your name (as it appeared on your diploma), graduation date, and where you would like your diploma sent.

When and how will I receive tickets for Commencement?
Graduating students will receive an email on April 21 with instructions for how to obtain tickets.

How many tickets will I receive for guests? Can I receive additional tickets?
Students may request up to six tickets.  We will not know until after May 16  if additional tickets will be available.

I have family in other countries wishing to gain visas or other documentation for travel to the U.S., I need a letter from the College stating that they are attending Commencement.  Where do I get that letter?
Contact the Registrar’s Office for the appropriate letter.

Graduate Commencement Questions not answered:  contact Academic Affairs 410-857-2247

Contacts

Special Arrangements for Persons with disabilities (e.g., those who are deaf or hard of hearing, or in wheelchairs): Academic Affairs by email ldeyerberg@mcdaniel.edu or phone (410) 857-2504

Financial Balance: Harriet Corbran, hcorbran@mcdaniel.edu, (410) 857-2210

Academic Attire and Announcements: Bookstore, (410) 857-2277

Photography/Videography/News Releases: Communications Office, pio@mcdaniel.edu, (410) 857-2290

Diploma Information/Participation: Registrar’s Office, jkiphart@mcdaniel.edu, (410) 857-2217

Tickets: Graduating students will receive an email on April 21 with instructions for how to obtain tickets.  Students may request up to six tickets.  We will not know until after May 16  if additional tickets will be available.

 
Homecoming
October 25, 2014, 12:00 am
Holloway Lecture at McDaniel Lounge
October 28, 2014, 7:30 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
October 29, 2014, 8:30 pm
Graduate Open House at Hoover Library
October 30, 2014, 5:30 pm
Terror Trot & Block and Roll at Gill Center
November 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Spring Undergraduate Registration
November 3, 2014, 12:00 am
Fall Open House at WMC Alumni Hall
November 9, 2014, 11:00 am
Student Solo Recital at McDaniel Lounge
November 14, 2014, 7:30 pm