I hope you’re having a great week! Final exams have come and gone and students are ready for summer vacation.
With the conclusion of finals comes the beginning of commencement. I, myself, will be graduating this spring with a BS in Medical Laboratory Science. I have been accepted to medical school at the Michigan State College of Human Medicine where I will continue my education to become a physician, and will start my education there in late August. Although I am graduating this week, I will be in Houghton for the summer and will continue to work and write for ParentNet through Track A, which ends on June 26.
The 2015 Spring Commencement will take place this Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 am in the McInnis Student Ice Arena. A complete list of all graduation candidates can be found on the commencement website, and include almost 900 undergraduate and almost 300 graduate students! This year’s commencement speaker will be Dr. Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH, and the student speaker will be Applied Ecology and Environmental Science major Kyle Yarusso. If you are unable to attend commencement but would still like to take part in the activities, a live-stream commencement video is available to watch from the comfort of your own home.
Graduates can claim up to four commencement tickets at the Campus Bookstore from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM through April 30. Beginning May 1, students can receive additional, unclaimed tickets from the SDC Central Ticket Office on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduates are expected to arrive no later than 9:45 am on the day of commencement. Family members are not permitted to sit with their graduate and must sit in the appropriate seating for audience members. It’s important to note that the SDC Ice Arena is an alcohol-free facility. For guests with mobility limitations, special seating will be available. However, Michigan Tech is unable to provide wheelchairs. A Signer will be present to to assist the hearing impaired throughout the commencement ceremony.
Commencement photo arrangements have been made with a professional photographer to take a photo of each degree candidate as he or she receives their diploma on stage. Ordering information will be mailed to each graduate’s home within four to six weeks of commencement.
If you have any questions regarding commencement, please contact the Registrar’s Office by phone at 906-487-2319.
In addition to commencement, there are also a plethora of receptions and celebrations for undergraduate candidates to attend as well. The President’s Reception for Graduates will be hosted for graduates and their families on Friday, May 1 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the MUB Ballroom. Hosted by Dr. Glenn Mroz, this reception will provide hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Business attire is requested. The Graduate Reception will also take place directly after commencement in the SDC Multi-purpose room. Special areas for taking photos will be available and light refreshments will be provided. Commencement flowers will also be available for purchase before and after the ceremony while supplies last. Funds from the flower sales go towards the Michigan Tech Student Foundation endowment for student scholarships.
In addition to these receptions, the 2015 Champagne Commencement Brunch will take place on Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the MUB Isle Royale Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased online, at Central Ticketing Operations in the SDC, or may be purchased at the door for $26.00 per person (admission is free for children under ten years of age). A full menu can be viewed at the Commencement Brunch Website.
That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about commencement, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will not be writing an article next week but will continue to write when Track A courses begin on Monday, May 11. I hope you all have a great week, and congratulations to any of you who have students who will be graduating!