Monday, March 04, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Countdown to commencement set for next week at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – For the second consecutive year, Marshall University will conduct two commencement ceremonies on the same day this spring at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

On Saturday, May 11, associate and bachelor’s degree candidates will graduate in a ceremony beginning at 9 a.m., while master’s and doctoral degree candidates will be honored in a ceremony at 2 p.m.

The university conducted two ceremonies the same day last year for the first time and decided to do the same this spring.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy last year’s format, which made for shorter ceremonies and an enjoyable experience for all of the graduates and their families,” said Roberta Ferguson, MU’s registrar. “Graduating from college is a wonderful milestone for these students, and we want to make their commencement day as memorable as possible.”

To assist in preparation for the 176th commencement exercises, Countdown to Commencement is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12-13, in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

Countdown to Commencement is designed to assist graduates in communicating with campus administrative offices in a central location. Ferguson said the event provides a one-stop-shopping opportunity for the graduates.

“It is a convenient way for the students to get pre-commencement responsibilities out of the way so they can thoroughly enjoy the experience of graduating from college,” she said.
The following services will be available at Countdown to Commencement:

Registrar’s Office – Students can verify graduation status, name format, and address for mailing diploma; confirm commencement participation; receive commencement instructions; receive recognition cords for military service or ROTC; bachelor and associate degree honor graduates may pick up honor cords and tassels; and report any special needs or concerns related to the event.

Marshall University Bookstore – Students can be measured for and purchase their caps and gowns, as well as purchase tassels, diploma frames, class rings, graduation announcements and much more. They also can order personalized graduation announcements at this time.

Jostens – Students can purchase their Marshall University Class of 2013 rings. All rings are on sale and priced as low as $238.90 for women and $258.90 for men.

Classic Photography – Cap and Gown portraits will be taken. There is no sitting fee, no obligation to purchase and free proofs will be available within 24 hours of the sitting.

Framing Success – Diploma frames will be available for purchase.

Graduate College – A graduate admission counselor will be available to discuss graduate programs and assist with the admission process.

Career Services – Students are encouraged to let the Career Center know their post-graduation plans so it can help them along their career paths. Students may stop by the Career Services table to register for JOBTRAX (online job search assistance). Information and support will be available on job-related questions, resume assistance, interview skills and much more.

Office of the Bursar – Students may talk with staff about anything concerning their student accounts, holds, account balances and loan counseling interviews.

Financial Aid – Students may pick up information about federal student loan consolidation programs.

Campus ID Office – Issues regarding students’ HigherOne accounts or Points accounts may be resolved.

Center for African American Students’ Programs – Students may enroll and prepare for the May 2 Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement. All African and African American spring grads are encouraged to stop by for information.

Center for International Programs – Graduating study abroad students and international students will be able to purchase international flag sashes. Also, information about work, teaching and study opportunities abroad will be distributed.

Alumni Relations – Students can learn about the benefits of a Marshall University Alumni Association membership.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 304-696-6410.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197