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Commencement countdown: do you have your gown? (fast facts)

May 6, 2013


In less than a week, the class of 2013 will be walking across the stage in front of Middle College (fingers crossed for good weather—but President Bierman has a great track record in that regard).

Whether you’re a graduating student or a faculty or staff member walking in the ceremony, there are a few things you should know. Events preceding Commencement include a cookout Wednesday night in front of Commons; the Senior Gala Thursday at 7 p.m.; a reception for seniors and their parents at the President’s House, Saturday from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m., followed by Baccalaureate in Eaton Chapel.

For the most detailed outline of the day’s events—complete with parking and hotel information, and the times/locations of departmental receptions—visit


1)      The due-date to order your cap and gown from Turtle Creek bookstore was last Monday, April 29. Haven’t done it yet? Call the Turtle Creek bookstore ASAP at (608) 363-2375.

2)      Where to be, when: all graduating seniors should be in front of WAC by 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Commencement day. If you’re receiving an honor cord, get there by 10:15 a.m. Class marshals will help you line up alphabetically by last name, in two sections: B.A. candidates first, B.S. candidates second.

3)      For your guests: no tickets necessary! Need to supply your out-of-town family and friends with parking and accommodation information? Direct them to the 2013 Commencement page. Someone not able to attend? They can watch online at

4)      Where to eat: box lunches are available for purchase for a picnic on the quad immediately following Commencement.

5)      Residence halls: residence halls will close at 8 p.m. Sunday.


1)      By now, you should have received a memo with the marching list and instructions; attendance is mandatory. Those needing to be excused should contact the President’s Office ASAP.

2)      Renting a gown? Drop it off at Communications & Marketing after the ceremony with an attendant, or the week of May 13-17. If no one is around to check in your gown when you drop it off, please make sure to leave your name with your materials so you get credit for its return.

3)      See you at Baccalaureate, taking place at 4:45 p.m. Saturday!