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Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, April 27, 2024
11 am | Alumni Green

Spring Commencement

Dear Spring Graduates:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.  Commencement will take place on the Alumni Green on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:00 am.

Inclement Weather Plan

A decision will be made by Wednesday, April 24 if inclement weather will move the Spring Commencement Ceremony inside the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. If this is the case, the ceremony will be split into two ceremonies based on major – one at 11 am and the second at 1 pm. An email will be sent out at the beginning of April stating which ceremony each graduate will take place in if the Inclement Weather Plan is implemented.

In the event of inclement weather, notifications will be sent through the SSU app and placed on the main webpage of shawnee.edu.
 
If moved indoors, each graduate will receive 4 tickets for their family and friends to attend the ceremony. Tickets can begin being picked up by graduates on Monday, April 15 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts McKinley Box office between 10 am. and 5 pm. Monday through Friday. If graduates need additional tickets for their guests, they can request to be placed on a waiting list for additional tickets at the time they are picking up their guaranteed tickets.

Inclement Weather Schedule

If the Inclement Weather Plan is enacted, the graduates who will walk in each ceremony are listed below.

11:00 am Inclement Weather Ceremony

Master Degrees
Business Administration
Curriculum & Instruction
Composition & Rhetoric
Mathematical Sciences

Bachelor Degrees
Accounting
Actuarial Sciences
Biology
Biology – Biomedical Sciences
Chemistry
Computer Engineering Technology
Digital Simulation & Game Engineering Technology
English & Humanities
Game & Simulation Development
Health Care Administration
History
Information Security
Information Systems Management
Integrated Language Arts
Integrated Math
Integrated Sciences AYA
Integrated Social Studies AYA
Management
Marketing
Mathematical Sciences
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences AYA
Plastics Engineering Technology
Political Science
Psychology
Social Sciences
Sociology
Sport Management
Studio Arts
Visual Arts Graphic Design
Visual Arts Multiage

Associate Degrees
Business Management Technology
CADD Manufacturing
Electromechanical Engineering
Information Security/Cybersecurity
Plastics Engineering Technology

1:00 pm Inclement Weather Ceremony

Bachelor Degrees
Educational Studies
Exercise Science
Health Science
Individualized Studies
Middle Childhood Education
Multiage Intervention Specialist
Nursing
Primary Intervention Specialist Blended (Pre-K-5)
Primary Education (Pre-K-5)

Associate Degrees
Dental Hygiene
General Studies
Medical Laboratory Technology
Natural Science
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Respiratory Therapy

General Information for Graduates and Guests

Viewing Commencement Virtually

A live stream video of the commencement ceremony will be available the morning of the ceremony.

Name Card and Honor Cord Pick Up

Name cards will be distributed by the Registrar’s Office staff in the Kahl Theater before the ceremony. Eligible students will also receive their honor cord at this time.

Graduates must have this name card to have their name announced. During the ceremony, each graduate will hand their name card to the individual reading names.

Ceremony Line Up

Graduates will line up outside of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts behind their designated faculty marshal.

Diploma Covers and Commencement Programs

Students will receive a commemorative diploma cover as they walk across the stage. If you are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, you may contact ssu_registrar@shawnee.edu to arrange pick-up.

Photographs

Each graduate is professionally photographed at multiple points during the ceremony. Approximately three weeks after the ceremony, each graduate will receive a proof of their pictures taken along with ordering instructions.  For more information about photographs, please go to Grad Images’ website at gradimages.com. Family and guests are free to take pictures from their seats.

When are Diplomas Mailed? What Happens after Commencement?

Following commencement and after all grades are posted, the Registrar’s Office staff begins the task of reviewing petitions for degree posting.  This includes reviewing final grades to determine that all degree requirements have been met.  If all requirements are met, the Registrar’s Office posts the degree to the transcript and orders the diploma from Paradigm Inc. The diploma is printed and mailed by Paradigm Inc. to the student at the address listed on the graduation petition. Students will receive an email to the SSU student email address once the diploma has been mailed. This process is ongoing for about 45 days past commencement.

To verify that your degree has been awarded, view your unofficial transcript through the MySSU portal.

Digital Diplomas

SSU now offers complimentary digital diplomas and certificates. These are certified electronic credentials known as a CeDiploma or CeCertificate. Learn more about digital diplomas and certificates.

Cap and Gown

Academic Regalia for all students is available for purchase from the University Bookstore located in the Morris University Center. Students participating in commencement are required to wear appropriate regalia. 

Honors

Honors for the graduation program are based on your cumulative GPA at the end of the semester before you graduate and entitle you to wear an Honor Cord at graduation.

The actual honors awarded at the time a degree is posted are based on the final cumulative GPA.  The diploma will show the honors awarded with the degree.

Summer Graduates

Although there is not a summer commencement ceremony, all summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall commencement ceremony and will have their names published in the fall commencement program unless otherwise indicated as participating in the following spring ceremony.

General and Accessibility Parking

Students being dropped off for the ceremony can be dropped off at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts entrance. See Campus Map and driving directions.

Additional Tips for Graduates

Leave personal items like coats and purses with guests.  There are no facilities available for storing these items.

Remember to wear the sash, medal, cord, etc. that corresponds with your honor society.

For safety reasons, graduates are discouraged from wearing high-heeled shoes, as graduates will process down steps.

Need Help?

To request special accommodations for the ceremony or ask questions, please email commencement@shawnee.edu or the Registrar’s Office at ssu_registrar@shawnee.edu.