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Spring Commencement 2014

Shawnee State University to Move Spring Commencement Ceremony Indoors

April 30 Shawnee State University announced today that, due to flooding and water saturation on the alumni green caused by this week's rain, it will implement its Inclement Weather Plan for this Saturday's Commencement and move the ceremony indoors to the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The plan calls for two separate ceremonies in order to accommodate the 579 graduates participating in commencement and their guests, with the first including graduates whose last names begin with letters A-K to be held at 10 a.m., and the second for graduates with last names beginning with L-Z to be held at 2 p.m. Graduates have received three tickets for guests to attend the ceremony in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Additional guests may view the ceremony on monitors in the Flohr Lecture Hall in the Clark Memorial Library and in the Sodexo Ballroom in the University Center. Both ceremonies will also be streamed live through a link on the University's website.

"We developed an Inclement Weather Plan a few years ago and go through the ticket procedures with graduates during their rehearsals and preparations, so they are familiar with the process," Dr. Dave Todt, SSU Provost, said. "We always enjoy having our ceremony outdoors so that students can all be together and we aren't as limited in space, but sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate. With the two additional viewing areas and the live stream, we hope to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to watch our commencement ceremonies and participate in celebrating our spring Class of 2014."

Additional Commencement Information

If you graduate in the fall of 2014, you need to petition for graduation by the end of the summer. Contact Christel Taylor with the Office of the Registrar at (740) 351-3168 or

Ticket Policy

To accommodate our graduates and their families, two separate ceremonies will be held in the main theater of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Seating space in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts is limited. Each student is provided 3 tickets for family and friends. Students are encouraged to pick up their tickets beginning April 21 through May 2 in the University Center Room 222 D.

Additional guests are welcome to view commencement from monitors that will be displayed in Flohr Lecture Hall, located in the Clark Memorial Library, and in the Sodexo Ballroom, located on the second floor of the University Center. The two ceremonies will also be streamed online.

The two ceremonies are divided according to the graduates' last names. The A-K ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. while the L-Z ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. Students will still walk and be seated with their colleges, The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and the University College.

For more information contact Mistie Spicer at (740) 351-3635.

Can't Join Us for Commencement?

Family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony may view it by logging onto the University's homepage and clicking on a link that will take them to a page with the webcast of the ceremony. Please be aware this pilot program site does include commercials.

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Rehearsal for Commencement will be held at noon on Friday, May 2 in the Main Theater of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

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