When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Al Wheeler Activity Center, Peru, NE 68421
Time: Line-up begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Fitness Center in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Reception: Reception on the Quad immediately following the ceremony read more
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Congratulations on your accomplishments at Peru State! All graduates from December 2015, May 2016, August 2016 and those who have not participated previously from August 2015 are eligible to participate in commencement exercises. If you previously declined participation, it is not too late to change your mind. We encourage ALL graduates to participate and celebrate this accomplishment with their friends, families, and fellow graduates. Contact the Student Records Office (402) 872-2226 NOW, and the Bookstore (402) 872-2248 NOW or no later than April 18th.
If you need special accommodations, please call 402-872-2226 immediately.
We strongly encourage you and your guests to arrive early to allow additional time for parking, shuttle services, walking, etc. A shuttle service will be provided to transport guests between the parking lots and the Al Wheeler Activity Center from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Security officers and police officers will be in the area for assistance. Handicap parking is available in the lot just east of the AWAC. If you have mobility issues, talk with law enforcement and security and they will be able to assist you.
Seating for guests will be on a first come, first served basis. There will be a section reserved on the gym floor for those who have physical limitations. See an usher at the door for assistance. We highly recommend that your guests plan to come early to allow time for parking, shuttle services, walking, etc.
All participants need to be attired in appropriate academic caps and gowns. Please contact the Bobcat Bookstore at (402) 872-2248 to order Commencement attire by April 18th. Your Commencement regalia needs to be picked up at the Bookstore by April 25. Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If you need to have a friend pick up your order, let the Bookstore know. If you need it shipped to you, there is an additional charge, noted on the order form, and you need to contact the Bookstore as soon as possible. We will not have any extra caps, gowns, hoods or tassels available at Commencement. Please check closely to make sure you have everything you need when you pick up your package from the Bookstore!
Members of recognized national honor societies and/or organizations are eligible to wear honor cords or membership pins.
If you are a member of a nationally recognized honor society and/or a member of a recognized organization (e.g. Student Senate), please check with your organization’s faculty sponsor to see if your organization or honor society has been approved to wear honor cords for this year’s Commencement. Make arrangements with the faculty sponsor prior to Commencement to obtain information regarding purchase and receipt of the appropriate honor cord(s). We will not have extra honor cords at Commencement.
BACHELOR: After all diplomas have been awarded and graduates have returned to their seats, Dr. Hanson will ask all grads to switch their tassels to the left side of their mortarboards.
MASTER: Wear your tassel on the left side throughout the entire commencement ceremony.
Master candidates should order and pick up your hood from the Bookstore along with your cap and gown. You will be hooded on stage. More instruction will be given that morning at line up.
If you, the graduating student, are unable to navigate stairs, or require any type of physical assistance, please notify the Student Records Office immediately so that we may make special arrangements to assist you.
We will assemble in the Fitness Center in the Al Wheeler Activity Center at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th for the processional line-up. Check-in will take place there. Plan to stay in the Fitness Center in the Al Wheeler Activity Center for checking in and lining up for the processional from 8:15 until the commencement ceremony begins. There is nowhere to secure valuables so you may want to give those to one of your guests before coming to check in. Please note: For safety reasons, it is not permissible for anyone, including children, other than the graduating students to march in the processional down the aisle to the graduate seating or across the stage.
Roll call and lineup will begin at 8:15 a.m. Individuals are called to the stage according to degrees being granted and alphabetical order within each degree. PLEASE BE PROMPT! It is important that you answer roll call before the march to the gymnasium begins. Those not answering will be reported as absent and we will bypass their name card reserving their spot in the lineup.
When your name is called, please come forward to meet us. You will be given a name card and this will be your opportunity to provide assistance with the pronunciation of your name. You will then be directed to the appropriate line for your degree and will need to remain in this order for the processional. It is your responsibility to keep track of your name card from that point forward. It is very important that you have your name card when you proceed to the stage! You will hand your name card to the Registrar for your name to be read as you enter the stage. DO NOT modify or write on the name cards.
The processional line will form by two’s and you will be led to the AWAC gymnasium. An usher will lead the students down the proper aisle to their seating. As you arrive at your assigned row as indicated by the usher, persons on the right will go into the seating first.
- Master Degree Candidates: Dr. Tim Borchers, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will ask all of you (Masters) to stand and he will present you, as a group, to President Dan Hanson. President Hanson will then verbally confer the degrees. Following the conferring of the degrees by President Hanson, row by row, the master degree candidates will proceed to the steps at the foot of the stage. The first person in line will proceed to the podium, stop, hand your name card to the Registrar and wait for your name to be announced. As your name is announced, move forward to where you will receive your diploma from Dr. Borchers. After receiving your diploma from Dr. Borchers, proceed across the stage to shake hands with President Hanson (photos will be taken while you shake hands, so please direct your attention to the photographer), exit the stage, return to your seat, and be seated. When next in line to go on stage, please proceed to the top of the stairs one by one to wait. As the previous person’s picture is taken, the next person should walk up and stand beside the podium, hand your name card to the Registrar and wait there until your name is being read, then continue as noted above.
- Bachelor Degree Candidates: Dr. Tim Borchers, Vice President for Academic Affairs will ask all of you (Bachelors) to stand and he will present you, as a group, to President Dan Hanson. President Hanson will then verbally confer the degrees. Following the conferring of degrees by President Hanson, row by row, the bachelor degree candidates will proceed to the steps at the foot of the stage. The first person in line will proceed to the podium, stop, hand your name card to the Registrar and wait for your name to be announced. As your name is announced, move forward to where you will receive your diploma from Dr. Borchers. Then proceed across the stage to shake hands with President Hanson (photos will be taken while you shake hands, so please direct your attention to the photographer), exit the stage, return to your seat, and be seated. When next in line to go on stage, please proceed to the top of the stairs one by one to wait. As the previous person’s picture is taken, the next person should walk up and stand beside the podium, hand your name card to the Registrar and wait there until your name is being read, then continue as noted above.
- When all graduates have received diplomas, both groups will be asked by President Hanson to rise for recognition. Please remain standing for the recessional.
- Remember, on the day of Commencement, everyone will receive a diploma cover with a message from President Hanson inside. Diplomas for those who graduated in December 2015 and August 2015 were previously mailed. All other diplomas will be mailed after requirements have been confirmed and degrees have been posted to official transcripts. All August 2015 and December 2015 graduates are asked to please deposit their diploma covers in the drop box after the recessional since their covers were previously mailed to them along with their diplomas.
Restrooms for graduates are located near the north entrance to the fitness center. Guest restrooms are located in the lobby of the AWAC.
We ask that you please make sure all cell phones are set to silent or shut off. Please remind your guests to do this as well.
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at Commencement. Please do not hesitate to call the Student Records Office at (402) 872-2226 if you have any questions.
Please join us for a reception honoring our graduates on the Campus Quad, weather permitting immediately following the commencement ceremony. Your families and friends are also invited to attend the event, which will feature light hors d’oeuvres, music and an opportunity for our faculty and staff to wish you well in your future endeavors. Shuttle service will be available for transportation from the AWAC to the Campus Quad for those who have mobility issues.
Who: Graduates, Families, Friends, Students, Faculty & Staff
What/Where: Reception on the Campus Quad
When: Saturday, May 7th Immediately following graduation through 1 p.m.
Rain Location: Student Center