May 2014 Commencement
Important information about graduation:
Graduation ParticipationReturn the commencement participation form by April 4 to indicate your plans for graduation events. The form should be returned to the Office of the Registrar, L-5 of Lourdes Hall. Attendance at the commencement ceremony is not mandatory, but President Huston strongly encourages attendance.
RehearsalRehearsal for both Baccalaureate and Commencement will be Thursday, May 8. Baccalaureate rehearsal will be at 3:30 pm in St. Catharine Hall and rehearsal for Commencement will be at 5:00 p.m. in Lourdes Hall. Please meet at the assigned location. You will pick up your graduation attire in Lourdes Hall AFTER practice. Practice is required for all graduation participants!
Graduation announcements, class rings and other academic memorabilia may be ordered directly from Herff Jones via their website at www.collegegrad.herffjones.com . These announcements will not restrict how many guests can attend, but seats will be on a first come/first served basis. A representative from Herff Jones will be here for an "On-Campus" order day March 24, from 9:00am-2:00pm in the Hamilton Health and Science building lobby.
Graduation AttireGraduates not attired in cap and gown will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. You will pick up your graduation attire after rehearsal on Thursday, May 8. It is recommended that you wear dark pants or skirt and dark shoes for Baccalaureate and Graduation. Please do NOT wear blue jeans, shorts, tennis shoes or flip flops.
Graduation FeePlease pay your graduation fee to the Business Office by May 2. The $100 fee covers the cost of the diploma, graduation attire, reception, etc. You must pay the graduation fee before you can receive your diploma, even if you are not participating in the ceremony.
DiplomasAt commencement graduates receive a congratulatory scroll. Graduates will be notified approximately four to six weeks after graduation that their diplomas are ready to be picked up in the Office of the Registrar. We prefer not to mail them due to the chance of them getting lost or damaged. If you are unable to pick yours up, please send a note with someone else giving permission for them to pick up your diploma.
In order to graduate —
CAAP ExamAs part of our effort to improve student learning at St. Catharine College, the completion of the CAAP exam is a graduation requirement. Students will not be certified as graduates, nor will they receive their diploma, if the CAAP exam is not completed. If you have questions regarding the CAAP exam, you may contact Ms. Carissa Coslow at 859-336-5082 ext. 1384 or email@example.com.
Financial AidIf you received a student loan while at SCC, please see Ms. Joan Gardner in the Financial Aid office to complete an exit interview. Ms. Gardner can be reached at 859-336-5082 ext. 1214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All students who have received a student loan must complete the exit interview before graduating. Diplomas will be held if this paperwork has not been completed.
Business OfficeAll balances on student accounts (including parking tickets) must be paid before students will be able to graduate. It is your responsibility to make sure all balances are paid by May 2. Diplomas will be held if there are any delinquent balances.
Additional Graduation Events
Graduation MassA Catholic mass will be held for graduates, family members, and SCC faculty & staff on Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m. in St. Catharine Hall prior to the Graduation Ceremony. Individuals of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Commencement PhotosThe class photo will be taken following mass. Meet in St. Catharine Hall at 10:00 am (SHARP) Saturday morning. Wear your cap, gown, and hood for the photo. Photos may be purchased from Jesse Osbourne. See attached photograph information sheet for pricing information. All graduates are required to be in the class photo . At Commencement, you will also have a picture taken as you cross the stage and receive your scroll from the President. The option to purchase this photo is provided on the attached pricing sheet.
BaccalaureateAt SCC, Baccalaureate is a student-led celebratory program for all SCC graduates, friends, and family members. It is scheduled for Friday, May 9 at 6:30 pm. You will meet at the rear of St. Catharine Hall at 6:00 pm for line-up. Please wear your gown, but not your cap or hood for this program.
If you would like to take leadership in planning the program please contact Ticha Chikuni, Dean of Students, ext. 1257. To be a speaker, reader, or musician/vocalist in the program, please contact Pilar Espinosa, Administrative Assistant to Student Life, ext. 1349 by March 28. Two initial planning meetings have been scheduled for those who would like to contribute ideas and assist with the program—Monday 2/24 at 12:15pm and Tuesday 2/25 at 12:15pm (pizza will be provided for those who RSVP that they are attending). Both meetings will take place in the Lower Lourders classroom #2.
At Baccalaureate, 1) Master and Bachelor graduates will receive their hoods that will be worn during Commencement, 2) Honor cords will be presented to those student graduates who will be graduating with honors, and 3) Alpha Chi, Phi Theta Kappa, and other honors will be announced. To receive an Honor Cord, the honor qualifications are as follows: Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.79); Magna Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.80-3.99); and Summa Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 4.0). Students who have declared academic bankruptcy will not be eligible for graduation honors. If you aren't sure if you will be graduating with honors, please contact the Office of the Registrar before practice on Thursday, May 8.
All students are encouraged to attend this special program as part of their commencement experience!
Phi Theta Kappa MembersThe Honor Stole costs $24.00. Please bring the stole to Baccalaureate for it to be presented to you. The stole will be worn during Baccalaureate and Graduation. You can go to the following web address to order your Phi Theta Kappa honor stole: http://store.ptk.org/graduation/regalia/key-honors-stoles.html. You will need to provide your member identification number when ordering.
Alpha Chi MembersThe Honor Stole costs $24.95. Please bring the stole to Baccalaureate for it to be presented to you. The stole will be worn during Baccalaureate and Graduation. You can go to the following web address to order your Alpha Chi honor stole: http://www.brownsgrad.com/shop/index.php/cPath/28_32
- Graduation Application Form
- Download Graduation Info
- Download Commencement Participation Form
- Download Photo Order Form
Important DatesPlease put the following activities on your calendar:
|Thursday, May 8|
|3:30 pm||Baccalaureate Rehearsal (only for those with parts), St. Catharine Hall|
|5:00 pm||Graduation Rehearsal, Lourdes Hall.Pick up graduation attire in Lourdes Hall AFTER practice|
|Friday, May 9|
Baccalaureate (student-led celebratory program for graduates, friends, and family), St. Catharine Hall. Graduates will meet in the rear of St. Catharine Hall at 6:00 pm to prepare for the service
Saturday, May 10 Graduation Day!
|9:00 am||Mass, St. Catharine Hall|
|10:00 am||Gather in St. Catharine Hall of the Motherhouse for the class photo|
Meet in Lourdes Hall Lower Level for line-up
|11:00 am||Commencement Service, St. Catharine College Campus. Reception to follow in Spalding Student & Community Center|