Important Graduation Information
JACKSONVILLE -- April 1, 2002 --
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002
Candidates for degrees must assemble at 1:30 P.M., on Friday, April 26, 2002 for rehearsal and orientation. Attendance at rehearsal is mandatory! Meet in Paul Snow Stadium. All candidates for graduation are expected to be present. Only one rehearsal will be held.
Attendance at Commencement
All who are eligible for Bachelor, Master, or Educational Specialist degrees are expected to appear in academic apparel at commencement. Candidates not wishing to participate in the commencement exercise should notify the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible, but no later than April 5, 2002, to request the degree be awarded in absentia. Those candidates not participating in the commencement exercises will have their diploma mailed (when all financial obligations are clear) upon instruction from the graduate.
In the event weather prevents an outdoor rehearsal or exercise, the commencement activity will be held in Pete Matthews Coliseum. Graduates must assemble at 1:30 P.M. in Pete Matthews for rehearsal. The commencement will remain at 6:30 p.m. with the location changed to Pete Matthews Coliseum.
The Theron Montgomery Building will be available for additional seating to view the ceremony on a large screen.
Local radio stations and campus security will announce any decision to locate the commencement activity on Pete Matthews Coliseum should weather become a factor.
Obtaining Caps, Gowns, and Invitations
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the JSU Campus Bookstore between April 10, and April 26, 2002 during business hours, 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. The cost of the Bachelor's apparel is $31.98 plus tax. The cost of the Master's apparel, which includes the hood, is $63.96 plus tax. Announcements are now available for purchase.
Undergraduate students graduating with Latin honors will receive their honor cords at the 1:30 P.M. rehearsal on April 26th. Students receiving special honors within their major do not receive honor cords. For students graduating Fall 2000 and thereafter, eligibility for honors is determined at the conclusion of the degree program. Honors published in the commencement program do not include the last semester of enrollment.
Academic Costume and Procedures
Photographs and Videos
A professional photographer, not associated with the university, has been given permission to photograph each graduate receiving his/her diploma. The photographer will mail a proof to you shortly after commencement outlining cost, delivery time, etc. All interactions regarding the photographs will be directly between the photographer and the graduate. A professional video service, not associated with the university, has been given permission to tape the exercise. Information on ordering videotapes will be available at the rehearsal.
PLEASE NOTE: Considerable confusion occurs when spectators attempt to photograph graduates in the stage area. This hinders the professional's attempt to capture all graduates. You are strongly encouraged to refrain from approaching the stage area for photographs/video. President Meehan, as well as the other platform members, will remain after the ceremony if you would like the receiving of your diploma recreated for photographic purposes. Please return to the stage area immediately after the ceremony should you or your family desire photographs.
For more information and charges for an official JSU custom diploma plaque, call Jostens Inc., at 1-800-324-5995.
If you or a family member request special needs at commencement, please contact the Registrar's Office at 1-800-231-5291 or 256-782-5400 by April 5, 2002.
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