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Important Graduation Information

JACKSONVILLE -- April 1, 2002 --
  • Commencement is in Paul Snow Stadium on Friday, April 26, 2002, at 6:30 P.M.

  • In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Pete Mathews Coliseum. Seating at Pete Mathews Coliseum is limited, so each graduate will be issued six tickets for guests to attend commencement. Graduates needing fewer than six tickets are asked to request only the number needed. Only those visitors with tickets to commencement will be admitted to the ceremony in the coliseum.

  • Tickets to commencement will be distributed at rehearsal on April 26 at 1:30 P.M.

  • Please make us aware of commencement guests requiring special accommodations by April 5.

  • Commencement will be televised live on WJXS-TV 24 (local Cable One Channel 9). Other cable companies with TV 24 include Cable One (Anniston, Oxford, and Jacksonville); Charter (Piedmont); Charter (Centre); Leesburg Cable, Torrence Cable (Weiss Lake); Collinsville Cable, Torrence Cable (Buchanan, Georgia); and AT&T (Sylacauga). Please make your family and friends who are unable to attend commencement aware of the television broadcast.

  • Items carried into the stadium/coliseum are subject to search.

  • All college financial obligations including degree fee, library account and traffic fines should be cleared prior to graduation.

  • Those having National Defense Loans, National Direct Loans, College of Nursing Loans, or Logan-Walker loans must see the Loan Collection Officer in the Bursar's Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for repaying.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002

  • 1:30 P.M. -- Graduation Rehearsal - Paul Snow Stadium

    All Candidates for Graduation - You must be present at the rehearsal. Graduating students not present at the 1:30 P.M. rehearsal will have their diplomas pulled from the stage. Complimentary refreshments will be available after rehearsal.

  • 6:15 P.M. -- All candidates for graduation assemble and go directly to an assigned seat on the coliseum floor. Seats will be assigned at the 1:30 p.m. rehearsal on Friday.

  • 6:30 P.M. -- Commencement begins. Faculty Processional Only.
Attendance at Rehearsal

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.

Inclement Weather

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.

Honor Graduates

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

  • Women wear caps through the ceremony without exception.

  • Men remove caps during invocation and benediction.

  • Each candidate for the Bachelors degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right side. When the degrees have been conferred to the group collectively, the tassel is changed from the right side to the left side. The group should attempt to switch the tassels in unison.

  • Candidates for the Masters and Educational Specialist degrees wear the tassel on the left and leave it in that position, indicating that a previous degree was earned.

  • Candidates for the Masters and Educational Specialist degrees will wear full academic costume, including the hood.

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.

Diploma Plaques

For more information and charges for an official JSU custom diploma plaque, call Jostens Inc., at 1-800-324-5995.

Special Needs

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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