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COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 10:00 A.M. IZOD CENTER East Rutherford, NJ


TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ......................................................................... 1 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ..................................................... 2 ATTENDANCE ............................................................................ 2 PROCESSIONAL PREPARATIONS .................................................. 2-3 NAME CARD ............................................................................. 4 PROCESSIONAL PROCESS.............................................................. 4 CEREMONY PROGRAM ............................................................ 4-5 DIPLOMA PROCESS ..................................................................... 5 RECESSIONAL PROCESS ................................................................ 6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ........................................................ 7 DISABLED GUESTS ................................................................. 7 FLOWERS & BALLOONS ................................................... 7 HOTELS & RESTAURANTS ...................................................... 7 PARKING............................................................................. 7 PHOTOGRAPHER .................................................................. 7 STROLLERS ........................................................................... 7 LINE-UP LISTING ................................................................... 8-10 MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES ...................................... 8 - 10 BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES.................................. 9 & 10 DIPLOMA PROCESS DIAGRAM ..................................................... 11 ARENA LAYOUT DIAGRAM ........................................................ 12 INSTRUCTIONS FOR WEARING ACADEMIC HOOD......................... 13


INTRODUCTION Commencement at William Paterson University is an important event for you, your family, and friends, as well as the faculty and staff. The ceremony brings together all involved to celebrate your achievements. As a graduating student, you are celebrating the successful conclusion of earning a higher education degree. Commencement is a formal celebration of academic accomplishments. It is a ceremony steeped in academic ritual and the traditions of the University complete with procession, academic regalia, and other elements of pageantry. Ceremony highlights instituted by your predecessors have become traditions. You experience them as you witness your peers in varying roles: leading in the graduates with College banners, singing the National Anthem and alma mater, as well as being speakers on behalf of the master’s and the bachelor’s degree candidates. As this is a ceremonial event, we ask that all members of the community conduct themselves befitting the occasion. Alcohol is expressly forbidden. Any student who fails to comply will be requested to leave the ceremony. The conferment of degrees is made by the President at the conclusion of the diploma process for all graduates. Please respect your fellow students and their experience of the ceremony by remaining in your seats until its conclusion. Family members will not be able to interact with graduates in the ceremony level staging and exit areas. Please arrange for a mutually agreed upon meeting location with your family members outside the IZOD Center at the end of the ceremony. Congratulations on your achievement! The Commencement Committee


COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR

MASTER’S AND BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 10:00a.m. at the

IZOD Center

50 State Route 120 East Rutherford, NJ 07073-2160 PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AS THEY PERTAIN TO THE CEREMONY: Instructions are posted at www.wpunj.edu/commencement Questions pertaining to the ceremony should be directed to commencement@wpunj.edu

ATTENDANCE

Your participation in the ceremony is voluntary. Family members and guests are requested to go directly into the arena as they will not be granted access to the exhibition level where you will be meeting prior to the ceremony. Doors will open for admittance of guests at 8:30a.m. through Gates A, B, and C.

THERE IS NO REHEARSAL FOR COMMENCEMENT PROCESSIONAL PREPARATION

Please report to the IZOD Center between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Graduates must enter at the Box Office Lobby Doors and take Escalator D (right side of lobby) down to the exhibition level. University personnel and signage will direct you to the appropriate staging area by your academic department within the appropriate College. 2


Please bring your cap, gown, hood, tassel, and honors regalia (if appropriate) with you to your staging area. Please leave any valuables or personal belongings in your vehicle or with family members as there is no place to leave them in the staging area. You do not need to be in alphabetical order within your department. Hoods are draped around your neck, (see the instructions on page 13 for how to put on the hood). Both master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates will wear their hoods throughout the ceremony. Wear your tassel on the right side of your cap. At the specified point in the ceremony when the President announces the conferment of the degrees, the Senior Class Officers on behalf of all candidates will direct you to move them to the left side of your cap. For your own safety, please do not throw your cap. Bachelor’s Degree Candidates If you have an honor cord, it is to be draped over your shoulders, tassels in the front. If you are receiving teaching certification you may choose to participate with the College of your major or the College of Education. If you did not indicate your choice at the Graduate Finale or wish to change your choice, please contact us at commencement@wpunj.edu to indicate your preference. This will help to ensure the correct number of seats are set per College. 3


NAME CARD

At your assigned staging area, please make sure you receive a name card and pencil from the faculty or administrative line marshal. On this card write your name as you wish it to be pronounced during the diploma process. On the back of the same card is information to be provided to Grad Images who will be taking your photograph during this time. There are no extra cards on the arena floor, so please make sure you receive one and retain it until the appropriate time.

PROCESSIONAL PROCESS

The procession will start from the staging area at 9:50 a.m. Master’s degree candidates will process first followed by bachelor’s degree candidates by College and in department order as indicated. A faculty member from your department will be there to assist you with line up. The Associate Dean of your College in conjunction with an administrative line marshal will escort your line into the arena. The Grand Marshal will lead the Procession into the arena and down the center aisle. Two single file lines of candidates will follow, filling in the seats to the left and right, respectively. The faculty and platform party will process behind the students and take their respective places.

CEREMONY PROGRAM

Commencement programs will be on your seats in the arena. The ceremony includes: Processional Singing of the National Anthem Introductions of Guests Address by Bachelor’s Degree Candidate Speaker Address by Master’s Degree Candidate Speaker Address by Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President Awarding of Faculty Excellence Awards Awarding of Honorary Degrees/President’s Medals 4


Commencement Address Diploma Process Conferring of Degrees Singing of Alma Mater Recessional

DIPLOMA PROCESS

Please listen to the directions given by the faculty and administrative marshals who will be assisting you with this process (see diagram on page 11). Master’s Degree Candidates At the designated time during the ceremony, the master’s degree candidates will be recognized first in their entirety. The Associate Dean of your College will lead your College line to the diploma platform, to receive your diploma cover from your respective College Dean and the Dean of the Graduate School. You will process single file across the entire width of the stage (notated in blue on diagram on page 11), Line A followed by Line B. Please stop in front of the photo flag just prior to the stage steps to have your photo taken for the first time. Proceed up the stairs and hand your name card to the reader. After your name is announced, please proceed to the Deans who will hand you your diploma cover and shake your hand. At this point the second photo will be taken. Proceed across the remainder of the stage and down the steps on the opposite side and return to your seat. Bachelor’s Degree Candidates Two lines of students will be processing simultaneously across the platform. At the designated time during the ceremony, the Associate Dean of your College will lead your College line to the diploma platform, to receive your diploma cover from your respective College Dean. 5


Please stop in front of the photo flag just prior to the stage steps to have your photo taken for the first time. Proceed up the stairs and hand your name card to the reader. After your name is announced please proceed to your College Dean who will hand you your diploma cover and shake your hand. At this point the second photo will be taken. Exit the platform by proceeding down the steps at center stage and return to your seat. All Candidates At the completion of the diploma procession, the President will confer all the degrees. This conferment is the official granting of your degree. This is also the appropriate moment for the turning of the tassel on your cap. Your diploma is mailed to your home upon verification of completion of degree requirements and obligations. Please respect your fellow students and their experience of the ceremony by remaining in your seats until its conclusion.

RECESSIONAL PROCESS

The singing of the Alma Mater (which is printed in the program for you to sing along with) will immediately follow the conferring of the degrees. The recessional will begin led by the University Grand Marshal followed by the Platform Party and the faculty. The graduates will follow after. The ceremony is expected to be completed by 12:30p.m. Please make arrangements to meet your guests outside the IZOD Center. Guests will not be permitted access to the Box Office Lobby or lower exhibition area. Graduates must exit from the Box Office Lobby doors or from the concourse level through Gate A. 6


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DISABLED GUESTS Accessible parking with state-issued license plates or placards is available in Parking Deck 23 adjacent to the IZOD Center. All entrances at Gates A, B, and C are ramped and accessible. Wheelchair accessible seating is located in each of the lower level seating sections. Accessible restrooms are located on the concourse behind Sections 101 and 115. FLOWERS AND BALLOONS Flowers will be available for sale within the IZOD Center concourse. Guests bringing balloons should be made aware that they are strictly prohibited in the arena. If balloons are brought, they must be tied outside the arena in the concourse at your own risk of them remaining there. HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS The following link is recommended to locate hotels and restaurants in the Meadowlands area near the IZOD Center. http://www.stayinthemeadowlands.com/

PARKING Parking is available at no charge in Parking Deck 23 or Lot #26. PHOTOGRAPHER The Commencement photographers are from Grad Images. Your proofs will be online at their website within 5-7 days following the ceremony. You may place orders or obtain answers to your questions at www.gradimages.com or 1-800-424-3686. STROLLERS Strollers are to be stored at your own risk during the ceremony at the back of each seating section. Ushers at each section will direct you to the area. 7


STAGING LOCATIONS BY COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT LINE A

MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF THE ARTS & COMMUNICATION Dean Raymond Torres-Santos Assoc. Dean Imafidon Olaye Master of Music – Music Master of Arts – Communication Arts Master of Arts – Media Studies Master of Arts – Visual Arts Master of Fine Arts – Art COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Dean Sam Basu Master of Business Administration

Assoc. Dean Rajiv Kashyap

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Interim Dean Kara Rabbitt Interim Assoc. Dean Andrew Barnes Master of Arts – Sociology Master of Arts – English Master of Arts – History Master of Arts – Psychology Master of Arts – Public Policy and International Affairs COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH Dean Sandra DeYoung Assoc. Dean Jean Fuller-Stanley Master of Science – Communication Disorders Master of Science – Biology Master of Science – Biotechnology Master of Science – Nursing 8


LINE A (continued)

BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Dean Sam Basu Assoc. Dean Rajiv Kashyap Economics, Finance & Global Business Professional Sales Marketing and Management Sciences Accounting and Law COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Interim Dean Kara Rabbitt Interim Assoc. Dean Andrew Barnes Languages and Cultures English Philosophy Africana World Studies Geography and Urban Studies History Political Science Sociology Psychology Anthropology Women’s and Gender Studies LINE B

MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Dean Candace Burns Assoc. Dean Dorothy Feola Master of Arts – Elementary Education Master of Education – Special Education Master of Education – Early Childhood 9


LINE B continued

MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Master of Education – Counseling Master of Education – Educational Leadership Master of Education – Curriculum & Learning Master of Education – Reading

BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH Dean Sandra DeYoung Mathematics Environmental Science Chemistry Physics Biology Nursing Communication Disorders Community Health Computer Science Kinesiology

Assoc. Dean Jean Fuller-Stanley

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION Dean Raymond Torres-Santos Assoc. Dean Imafidon Olaye Art Music Communication COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Dean Candace Burns Assoc. Dean Dorothy Feola Special Education and Counseling Elementary and Early Childhood Education Secondary and Middle School Education 10


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INSTRUCTIONS FOR WEARING THE ACADEMIC HOOD The academic hood is a visual representation of your level of academic achievement and the scholastic degree being conferred. This hood has been designed within the guidelines established by the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume. The velveteen trim represents the degree you have earned. The chevron and the lining represent the University colors. The Black Shell is the traditional color determined by the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume.

The following instructions are designed to assist you in the proper way to wear the hood: 1. Put hood on over head with velveteen side up under the chin and with small tapered end in front. Pin the hood to the gown to prevent it from riding against the neck. 2. The long tail portion of the hood should be left hanging against your back. Do not invert the tail. Turn out the lining as illustrated in the picture. 3. If you have a Latin Honors Cord, it should be draped over your shoulders, tassels in the front.

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William Paterson University Commencement Ceremony