This area contains forms and documents for TLU alums and parents of TLU students.

Commencement

Dear Winter Graduates,

 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wishes for the upcoming Winter Commencement Ceremony. We reviewed your comments and suggestions, and we have determined that we will have two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17. This was the most popular option, and we believe it is the best option to ensure that your family and friends can be in attendance, while not being dependent on the weather.

 

The schedule would be as follows:

  • Baccalaureate at 10:30 a.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony 1 at 12:30 p.m. for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music candidates
  • Commencement Ceremony 2 at 3 p.m. for Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and all Masters degree candidates

o   This will allow for 9 tickets to be distributed to each graduate for family and friends

o   Non-ticket holders will be seated ten minutes prior to the ceremony, as seating allows.

 

 You will be receiving an email from the Registrar’s Office confirming which ceremony you will participate in, so please watch for that email. For those of you who have already had announcements printed and the time of your ceremony has changed, the TLU Bookstore will reprint your announcements at no cost.

 

Please know that we understand the importance of including family and friends on this special day, and we look forward to celebrating your significant achievement on December 17.

Thank you,

Susan Rinn, President’s Office

 

 

KEY DATES:

  • Graduation Announcements, Caps and Gowns are available for purchase at the TLU Bookstore.  (Please note that any honor society or organization cords will be distributed by your faculty/staff sponsor.)

 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 29  (3-6 p.m.) (New date) -- Grad Gear Up! (Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe)

This is your opportunity to take care of all things pertaining to graduation at one location.  Pick up commencement tickets, verify the reading of your name at the ceremony and on your diploma, wrap up loose ends with the business and financial aid offices, and take care of any other important graduation business.

 

Due to the number of graduates and the amount of seating available in Jackson Auditorium, each graduate will be given 9 tickets to share with family and invited guests. These tickets may be picked up at Grad Gear Up on Nov. 29, or in the TLU Bookstore after that date. No tickets will be available before that date. Ticket holders will be asked to be seated ten minutes prior to the ceremony. At that time, non-ticket holders will be seated, as space allows.

 

Both ceremony will also be livestreamed at www.TLU.edu/graduation,

 

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

Date:     Saturday, Dec. 17

Time:    10:30 a.m.

Place:    Chapel of the Abiding Presence

 

Report to the Alumni Student Center by 10:10 a.m. to line up for the processional to the chapel.  Wear your gown, but not your cap.  Also, do not wear any honor cords or medals that you may receive from an honor society or other organization. These are not worn until the commencement ceremony that afternoon. The head marshal will be present to assist with the line-up.  The program participants will go first, followed by the faculty, then the graduates.  The crucifer will lead the processional into the chapel.  The head marshal will direct program participants and faculty to their seats.  The graduates will be led by an assistant marshal and directed to their seats.  Remain standing in place until the signal to be seated.

 

For the recessional, the crucifer will retrieve the cross from its stand and lead the way out.  The graduates, faculty, and program participants will follow.  Again, the marshals will be leading everyone out, so simply follow their direction.

 

If you are interested in being part of the planning team for Baccalaureate, please contact Pastor Wes Cain at kwcain@tlu.edu  by Friday, Nov. 11. All are welcome to help plan the music, readings, and other aspects of the service.

 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY 1

Date:  Saturday, Dec. 17

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Place: Jackson Auditorium

 

Report to The Weston Center Studio Theatre by 11:30 a.m. for picture taking (a professional photographer will take portraits before the ceremony and as you receive your diploma), last-minute instructions, and clarification of the pronunciation of names.  The marshals will be present to assist with the line-up, and charts will be posted along the formation area.

 

You are welcome to decorate the top of your graduation cap, as long as the decoration is not deemed offensive. Please keep in mind that the decorations must lie flat on the top of the cap, and may not hang over the edge of the cap. We encourage you to be creative, but please keep it tasteful and decorate according to the rules. We reserve the right to ask you to remove any decorations that are not deemed appropriate.

 

At 12:25 p.m., the procession will move from the Studio Theatre to Jackson Auditorium.  It will be led by the crucifer and the head marshal.  The faculty will follow in a single file. Graduates will come next (also in a single file) following the assistant marshal to the graduates’ seating area.  If someone is missing from the assigned space on the seating chart, leave that seat open as the person may arrive late.  Once you are in, just follow the program and relax!  When we reach the part concerning the presentation of the candidates, listen for Dr. Cottrell to ask Dr. Ferguson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, to present the candidates.  Dr. Ferguson will read a line which ends with "please rise."  Do so as a group.  The president will speak a few more lines and then the VPAA will ask the candidates to present themselves as their names are called.  Watch the assistant marshal. At this point, you will be directed, row by row, to the steps on the right side of the stage.  Proceed to the top step and wait for your name to be called.  Mr. Wes Peoples, chair of the TLU Board of Regents, will present university honor cords (e.g., summa cum laude) as graduates cross the stage.  You will then receive your diploma from Dr. Cottrell and transfer the tassel on your cap from the right to the left side, as a traditional sign that you have graduated.  Proceed along the aisle in front of the stage, return to your respective row, and be seated.

 

After the benediction, the crucifer will retrieve the cross.  The head marshal will direct you to fall in line behind the platform party and proceed out of the auditorium.  The faculty will follow the students.

 

For your convenience on graduation day, the TLU Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY 2

Date:  Saturday, Dec. 17

Time:  3 p.m.

Place: Jackson Auditorium

 

Report to The Weston Center Studio Theatre by 2 p.m. for picture taking (a professional photographer will take portraits before the ceremony and as you receive your diploma), last-minute instructions, and clarification of the pronunciation of names.  The marshals will be present to assist with the line-up, and charts will be posted along the formation area.

 

You are welcome to decorate the top of your graduation cap, as long as the decoration is not deemed offensive. Please keep in mind that the decorations must lie flat on the top of the cap, and may not hang over the edge of the cap. We encourage you to be creative, but please keep it tasteful and decorate according to the rules. We reserve the right to ask you to remove any decorations that are not deemed appropriate.

 

At 2:55 p.m., the procession will move from the Studio Theatre to Jackson Auditorium.  It will be led by the crucifer and the head marshal.  The faculty will follow in a single file. Graduates will come next (also in a single file) following the assistant marshal to the graduates’ seating area.  If someone is missing from the assigned space on the seating chart, leave that seat open as the person may arrive late.  Once you are in, just follow the program and relax!  When we reach the part concerning the presentation of the candidates, listen for Dr. Cottrell to ask Dr. Ferguson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, to present the candidates.  Dr. Ferguson will read a line which ends with "please rise."  Do so as a group.  The president will speak a few more lines and then the VPAA will ask the candidates to present themselves as their names are called.  Watch the assistant marshal. At this point, you will be directed, row by row, to the steps on the right side of the stage.  Proceed to the top step and wait for your name to be called.  Mr. Wes Peoples, chair of the TLU Board of Regents, will present university honor cords (e.g., summa cum laude) as graduates cross the stage.  You will then receive your diploma from Dr. Cottrell and transfer the tassel on your cap from the right to the left side, as a traditional sign that you have graduated.  Proceed along the aisle in front of the stage, return to your respective row, and be seated.

 

After the benediction, the crucifer will retrieve the cross.  The head marshal will direct you to fall in line behind the platform party and proceed out of the auditorium.  The faculty will follow the students.

 

For your convenience on graduation day, the TLU Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

 

For general questions about graduation, please feel free to contact me at ext. 8001 or visit me in Beck Center Suite 220. You may also find graduation information on the TLU Portal by visiting https://my.tlu.edu/ICS/TLU_INFO/Informjation_For_Graduates/.

 

 

 

 

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