Graduation AwardsThe Student Graduation Awards are presented at each commencement to graduating seniors who were nominated by a member of the campus community. Award recipients will be presented with their award at the Commencement ceremony. The nomination form can be found on the Portal.Orsia F. Young Leadership AwardThe Orsia F. Young Leadership Award is conferred on one graduating student from each academic school who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the University community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and has been an agent for positive change in the university.There is only one recipient for each of the following awards at each graduation:Stevenson University PinThe SU Pin Award is the most comprehensive honor the University confers on one graduating senior whose total personal performance is meritorious, including academic achievement, independence, integrity of thought and action, reliability, respect for others, and involvement in University or community affairs.Elizabeth McWethy AwardThe Elizabeth McWethy Award is bestowed from time to time upon one student who has demonstrated exceptional creativity, manifested genuine concern for society, and has actively influenced the lives of others.Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement AwardThe Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement Award is presented to one graduating student who has demonstrated the ability to achieve academically, to reach out to the needs of others at the University, and to persevere toward a goal while also managing major primary responsibilities outside the life of the University.Provost's Award for Exceptional ScholarshipThe Dean's Award for Exceptional Scholarship is conferred from time to time on one graduating student who has performed academically in a particularly exceptional way, has demonstrated unique intellectual ability and initiative, and has contributed to the academic pursuits of his or her peers.President's Award for Scholarly and Creative AchievementThe President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement is conferred from time to time on a graduating student whose total performance has been marked in a striking fashion by singular creativity and by the depth of his or her intellectual interest and performance in all subject areas.John Mitchell AwardThe John Mitchell Award is presented to one student who has demonstrated outstanding service to his or her community in a way that exemplifies the values of Stevenson University's mission.Dorothy Stang AwardThe Dorothy Stang award is conferred upon a graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the founders of Stevenson University. Stang's commitment to bringing social justice to the underprivileged in Brazil led to her murder. The Stang Award honors integrity, courage in the face of adversity, and a willingness to act on convictions without regard to consequence. Embodying the most cherished values that an education from Stevenson University instills in its students, the recipient of the Stang Award reaches out to members of the community who have financial, spiritual, social, or cultural needs. Our recipient is a "reflective and accomplished individual committed to a lifetime of learning and contribution" (SU Mission Statement).Outstanding Part-Time Student AwardThe University's award for Outstanding Part-time Student is conferred on a graduating part-time student who has demonstrated commitment to higher education, the determination to succeed, a high standard of academic achievement, and has contributed in a tangible manner to the University while balancing many other personal and professional obligations.
When should I start thinking about graduation?
As registration approaches for your final semester, you should review your Degree Audit in WebXpress and consult with your academic advisor to determine if your remaining courses can be completed in the upcoming semester. When you register for your final semester, you should submit the application for graduation through WebXpress.
What do I look for in Degree Audit?
Check your credit summary. "Pending (Anticipated Complete)" means all of your completed classes, all your current classes, and any pre-registered/registered future term classes are in place. In the credits portion of the report (just below "credit summary") you should see "0.00" under the "Remaining" column.
What if I don't have a "Pending (Anticipated Complete)" status?
A status of "In Progress" means something is missing. Look for anything in your Degree Audit that has a notation of "Not Met," "1 course needed," "more subjects" and/or any number other than "0.00" under credits "Remaining." If you have questions, contact your academic advisor.
Why must I apply for graduation?
Your application for graduation triggers the creation of a graduation record for you. Your name becomes part of a list of potential graduating students. There will be an official review of your academic record to verify that you have met or will meet all academic requirements for your degree program. Following the review of your record, you will receive notification about your graduation status sent to your SU email. You will also be able to receive email communication regarding commencement and other graduation events.
Do I need to apply for graduation if I do not want to walk across the stage?
Yes! All eligible graduating students are required to submit an application for graduation.
Is there a deadline to apply for graduation?
May and August graduates must apply by January 1
December graduates must apply by August 1
How do I know if I can walk at Commencement?
May Commencement: Students who are completing degrees in May (end of spring term) or August (end of summer term) are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.
December Commencement: Students who are completing degrees in December (end of fall term) are eligible to participate in the December Commencement ceremony.
Does walking across the stage mean that I graduated?
No. Participating in Commencement only means that you walked across the stage. Your degree is not awarded until all grades are received and all requirements are complete. Degrees are conferred in May, August, and December.
How will I know that my degree has been awarded?
In WebXpress, under “Academic Profile” tab, click on “My Profile” and scroll to the bottom of the page. Your degree information will appear in this section.
When will I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed the month following graduation, once all final grades have been received and all University and program requirements are complete. Diplomas are sent to the address listed on your application for graduation via standard U.S. mail.
How do I prepare for Commencement?
To hear helpful tips and crucial information pertinent to your Commencement, check out our video that provides an overview of the entire rehearsal process for traditional students.
What time do I need to arrive?
Go to Knott Hall, Room 101, 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
When should my guests arrive?
Doors to the gym will open one hour before the start of the ceremony. Seating areas are not assigned and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. When the procession begins, no one will be allowed to enter the Manuszak Center until the procession is complete; therefore, guests should be seated at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests arriving late may enter the gymnasium after the procession is complete.
Do all of my guests need a ticket to attend commencement?
All guests, including children of any age and guests in wheelchairs must have a ticket.
What accommodations are available for handicapped seating?
If you have a guest who is using a wheelchair, walker, or has special needs, please email Lisa C. Labrecque at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will they start without me?
YES, so do not be late!
How long is the Commencement ceremony?
Commencement ceremonies are approximately two hours.
What are the options if I want more tickets?
Participants will be given as many guest tickets as possible based on the number of participants and the seating capacity of the gym. Extra tickets are not available.
Overflow seating is available in the Inscape Theatre where the ceremony will be streaming live on the big screen. Theatre seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for overflow seating.
Will there be an online viewing option?
The Commencement ceremony will be streaming live online! The link will be available on the SU website: stevenson.edu/commencement. Friends and family may watch the ceremony from anywhere they have internet access.
Where do I go upon arrival?
You should go to Knott Hall room 101. You will pick up your name card, and line up in order according to the number on your card. There will be SU staff and student marshals in Knott Hall to help with line up and arranging hoods etc.
Why do we have name cards?
You will give your name card to the dean of your school when you walk across the stage. The name cards also help keep everyone in the correct order for procession. Master’s students will process alphabetically by program. Bachelor’s degree students will process alphabetically by school. We put numbers on the cards to make it easy. Simply line up in numerical order. The colors of the name cards reflect the different schools.
What should I bring with me to Knott Hall 101?
Bring your cap with the tassel and gown with the hood. (Master’s degree students will receive the hood during the ceremony.) Please leave flowers, purses, coats, extra shoes or anything else that you might have with your guests or in your vehicle.
What do I wear under my gown?
Wear something appropriate for the occasion. Dress, skirt or dress pants with a nice shirt. Carefully consider your choice of shoes as you will be walking up and down steps in addition to going across the stage. Comfortable dress shoes are recommended (no flip-flops or sneakers).
Can I wear anything on my graduation gown?
Students may wear cords or stoles representing any University sponsored organization. Please be aware any outside organizations that have not been recognized by the University cannot be represented by a cord or stole. As always, we recognize that graduation is a time of celebration, but it is also a formal ceremony representing the academic achievements of all students, and graduates’ attire should also reflect the solemnity of the occasion.
Are cords or stoles provided for academic honors?
Cords or stoles are not provided for academic honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude). Academic honors are recognized in the program and announced as you walk across the stage.
What GPA is required for academic honors?
Academic honors for bachelor’s degrees are listed on the diploma and on the official academic transcript based on the final cumulative GPA. This may differ from the academic honors announced during the Commencement ceremony, which is based on the cumulative GPA prior to the final semester.
Cum Laude 3.50 – 3.69
Magna Cum Laude 3.70 – 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 – 4.00
How do I wear the cap?
Flat on your head – not perched on the back! Bachelor’s degree students: tassel is on the right and you will move it to the left after receiving your diploma. Master’s degree students: tassel is on the left and it stays on the left.
May the cap be decorated?
Cap decorations are permitted; however, they should not create a distraction from the ceremony. Keep the following guidelines in mind:
- All decorations must lay flat on the cap. Nothing may dangle or hang down from the cap other than the tassel and nothing may extend vertically (which would block the view of people seated behind you).
- Use common sense: offensive language, photos, graphic images, etc., will not be permitted.
- The University may require that you remove any embellishment deemed inappropriate by authorized University officials before you are permitted to participate in the ceremony.
Will someone be around to help me get the hood on correctly?
How do I order announcements and the cap and gown?
For questions concerning cap and gown and other purchases, please contact the Campus Store.
When the ceremony is over, how do we leave?
The stage party exits the gym first, followed by the faculty/staff. Watch your student marshals who will let you know when it is time for your row to exit. It is very important that you keep moving all the way out the doors, outside and up the stairs! Do not stop at the top of the stairs. Keep moving toward the grassy area or inside the building! There are thousands of people in the gym waiting to exit after you; if you stop moving they will be stuck in the gym.
What about pictures?
Students should not take selfies on stage! Guests may take personal photos/video from their seats. Guests should not crowd the stage for photos. Professional photographers will be available to take individual pictures before the ceremony in the general vicinity of KH 101. Photos will also be taken during the ceremony including an action shot while receiving the diploma on stage and a posed shot after receiving the diploma and exiting the stage. Ordering information is available on their website www.gradimages.com or by calling 800-261-2576.
What should I do with flowers that my family will give me, my purse, or my other personal belongings?
Please leave flowers, purses, coats, and any personal belongings with your guests or in your vehicle.
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