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Commencement Instructions
Friday, August 2, 2002


All college financial obligations including degree fee, library account and traffic fines should be cleared prior to graduation. Those having National Defense Loans or National Direct Loans must see the Financial Aid Officer in the Financial Aid Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for repaying. Those having Logan-Walker loans must see the Loan Collection Officer in the Bursar's Office for an exit interview to make arrangements for repaying.


FRIDAY, August 2, 2002

9:00 A.M.

Graduation Rehearsal -Paul Snow Stadium

ALL CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION -You must be present at the rehearsal to participate in the graduation ceremony. Graduating students not present at the 9:00 a.m. rehearsal will have their diplomas removed from the stage. Complimentary refreshments will be available after rehearsal.

FRIDAY, August 2, 2002

7:15 P.M.

All candidates for graduation assemble and go directly to an assigned seat on the football field. Seats will be assigned at the 9:00 a.m. rehearsal on Friday.

7:30 P.M.

Commencement begins. Faculty Processional ONLY.


Candidates for degrees must assemble at 9:00 a.m., Friday, August 2, 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.


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 JULY 17, 2002, to request the degree be rewarded in absentia. Those candidates not participating in the commencement exercise will have their diploma mailed (when all financial obligations are clear), upon instruction from the graduate.


In the event the weather prevents an outdoor rehearsal or exercise, the commencement activity will be held in Pete Mathews Coliseum. Graduates must assemble at 9:00 a.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum for rehearsal. The commencement will remain at 7:30 p.m. with the location changed to Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Local radio stations and campus security will announce any decision to locate the commencement activity in Pete Mathews Coliseum should weather become a factor.


The auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Theron Montgomery Building will be available for additional seating to view the ceremony on a large screen.


Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the JSU Campus Bookstore between July 10 and August 2, 2002 during regular 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 the Latin honors cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude will receive their honor cords at the 9:00 a.m. rehearsal on August 2nd. Students receiving special honors within their major do not receive honor cords. Eligibility for honors will be determined at the conclusion of the degree program; therefore, honors published in the commencement program do not include the last semester of enrollment.


  • 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 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.

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 photographer/videographer's attempt to capture all graduates. You are strongly encouraged to refrain from approaching the stage area for photographs or video taping. 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 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 July 17, 2002. These arrangements need to be made in advance in order to provide proper seating!


The graduation ceremony will be televised live on WJXS-TV24. The following is a list of cable companies who carry TV24: Cable One (Anniston, Oxford, and Jacksonville), Charter Cable (Piedmont), Charter (Centre), Leesburg Cable, Torrence Cable (Weiss Lake), Collinsville Cable, Torrence Cable (Buchanan, GA) AT&T (Sylacauga).


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