On May 7, 2016 the undergraduate class will celebrate their commencement for a second time in two separate ceremonies.
The two groups of graduates once again will be divided into Group A and Group B. Group A will consist of students in the Business Administration and the Arts and Humanities divisions. Group B will contain graduates in the divisions of Science and Mathematics, Education and Nursing.
With more students graduating each year, the lack of space for family and friends to attend the ceremony is an issue. Without two ceremonies, each student would only receive two tickets.
“Last year we talked with lots of students about graduation,” stated President Thomas Kruczek. “After considering all of our options, we decided that the best approach was to conduct two separate graduation ceremonies for our undergraduate students.”
According to President Kruczek, the feedback from last year’s graduating class, the first separated into two, was overwhelmingly positive.
Several seniors from the upcoming 2016 undergraduate class also approve the decision to split the ceremony.
“I agree with the separate graduation because, although I can’t see some of my friends, it will make the day go by faster,” said Christina Haston, senior nursing student.
This year, a group picture of the 2016 class together will be taken between the two graduation ceremonies to bring the groups together as one. A party in the Keller Center at the time of the photo also will help with cohesion.
“I like the fact that I still get to see my friends from the other ceremony at the reception,” Kelsey Koehler, a senior nursing student said. “I am a little disappointed that I don’t get to graduate with my best friend, but I’m glad that I get to invite more family and friends!”
Along with the reception and group picture, all students can still come together in one Baccalaureate Hooding Ceremony.
The ceremony will be webcast for a second time and the same as last year as well.
“The 2015 webcast ceremonies were very popular with families and also greatly alleviated the crowds in Regina Auditorium. Every ceremony was comfortable for all,” President Kruczek said.
The number of tickets each student will receive for graduation will not be determined until the number of students graduating is finalized, according to the president.
Additional information on the 2016 undergraduate commencement ceremony will be provided through student email.