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Spring Graduation 2022

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Baccalaureate Service (Jackson Auditorium)

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 2 p.m.

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Baccalaureate is a service of worship which celebrates the graduates. Participation is encouraged, but not required. Report to the Weston Center Studio Theatre by 1:40 p.m. to line up for the processional to Jackson Auditorium. Wear your gown, but not your cap. Do not wear any honor cords or medallions that you may receive from an honor society or other organization. These are not worn until the commencement ceremony that evening. The faculty marshals will be present to assist with the line-up. There is no individual order for lining up other than to have the program participants go first, followed by the faculty, then the graduates.

The crucifer will lead the processional into the auditorium. The faculty marshals will direct the faculty, graduates, and platform party to their respective seats. Remain standing in place until the signal to be seated.

For the recessional, the crucifer will lead the way out. The platform party, graduates and faculty will follow as directed by the faculty marshals.

Master's Hooding Ceremony (Chapel Of The Abiding Presence)

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Graduates who are to receive a master’s hood at Spring Commencement will be contacted directly by your program advisor with details regarding the hooding ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony (Library Lawn)

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 7 p.m.

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The stage will be set up directly in front of the library, with the lawn between the Library and Tschoepe Hall as the seating area. There will be plenty of seating for family, friends and invited guests. Tickets will not be used, except in the event of rain. Each graduate will be given 7 “rain tickets”, which will be used if the ceremony is moved to Memorial Gym due to inclement weather. More information will be sent out regarding rain plans as we get closer and as needed.

For Commencement on the Library Lawn, report to Tostengard Activity Center by 5:45 p.m. for lining up for the processional, last minute instructions, clarification of the pronunciation of names, and picture taking. The faculty marshals will be present to assist with the line-up and charts will be posted along the formation area.

At 6:55 p.m., the crucifer will lead the procession from the Tostengard Activity Center to the Library Lawn. The faculty marshals will direct the faculty, graduates, and platform party to their respective seats. Remain standing in place until the signal to be seated. If someone is missing from the assigned space on the seating chart, leave that seat open as the person may arrive late.

When it is time to present the diplomas, listen for President Cottrell to ask Dr. Ferguson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, to present the candidates. Dr. Ferguson will read a line, which ends “...will please rise.” Do so as a group. The president will speak a few more lines and then Dr. Ferguson will ask the candidates to “present themselves as their names are called.” A faculty marshal will direct you, row by row, to the steps on the right side of the stage. Proceed to the top step and wait for your name to be called. Mr. Wes Peoples, chair of the Board of Regents, will shake your hand as you proceed across the stage. He will also present university honor cords (e.g., summa cum laude) to those eligible for one. Receive your diploma from Dr. Cottrell, shake hands, and transfer the tassel on your cap from the right to the left side, over your heart, as a traditional sign that you have graduated. You may sit down as soon as you return to your seat.

After the benediction, the crucifer will lead the recessional to the Victory Bell. The platform party, graduates and faculty will follow as directed by the faculty marshals. When you reach the Victory Bell, feel free to ring it and celebrate your new status as a TLU graduate!

Note: For your convenience on graduation day, the TLU Bookstore will be open from 1 - 8:30 p.m. and Lucky’s Snack Bar in the Alumni Student Center will be open prior to graduation from 5-7 p.m. with water, sodas, coffee, and snacks.

For general questions about graduation, please feel free to contact Susan Rinn at 830-372- 8001 or visit her in Beck Center Suite 220. You may also find graduation information on MyTLU.