Academic Procession, Severe Weather Plan and Cablecast Information for Commencement

05/11/2014

Contributed by Paul Deamer

As we prepare for our 119th Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2014, we would like to provide you with some information regarding the academic procession.  The procession will form at 8:30 a.m. outside in the academic quad

Please look for the signs indicating where each school should start lining up.  Information is included below on forming the academic procession if Commencement is indoors.  The academic procession will begin promptly at 8:50 a.m. and the Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.  All guests will be encouraged to be seated by 8:45 a.m.  The procession will be in the order noted below:  

Order of Procession

Trustees/platform party

Faculty and staff

School of Music with graduate students first

School of Humanities and Sciences with graduate students first

School of Communications with graduate students first

School of Business with graduate students first

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with graduate students first

The Board of Trustees/Platform Party will assemble on the 1st floor Peggy R. Williams Center, at 8:45 a.m. and will walk to the Academic Quad and to begin the procession to the stadium. 

Faculty and Staff who are processing will line up outside of Job Hall facing the fountains and form a double line in random order under the direction of the Faculty Marshals.  The faculty and staff will process in front of the students up the walkway leading along the north side of the Hill Center.  The faculty and staff will proceed to the “chute” which leads into the stadium and then line up on both sides of the “chute” so that all of the graduates will pass between the faculty and staff as they enter the stadium.  Once all of the students have passed through the chute, the faculty and staff will then process into the stadium in front of the platform party. Faculty and staff members should plan to provide their own umbrellas in the event of inclement weather. 

The Class of 2014 graduate procession will line up in the academic quad area extending from Textor Hall toward the Campus Center facing the fountains. Students from each school will form a double line in random order with graduate students in front.  Each school will be headed by its student Marshals. Signs on the quad will indicate the starting locations of the respective schools. If you wish to sit next to friends in your school, you should march with them. 

Severe Weather Plan

With regard to graduation, severe weather is defined as conditions that make holding the outdoor ceremony dangerous or impossible.  In an effort to accommodate seating for as many family and guests as possible, the College will always attempt to hold the Commencement ceremony outdoors, even if it is raining.  

In the case of severe weather in the morning, the outdoor ceremony would be postponed until 1:00 p.m.  Receptions and diploma cover distribution would take place after the ceremony at the publicized locations.  In the event that severe weather is predicted for the entire day, Commencement would be moved into the Athletics and Events Center.  

Three Severe Weather tickets will be distributed to all graduates via the Campus Store at the same times/dates that have been scheduled for caps/gowns/medallions pick up.  Graduates will need their caps and gowns (these will serve as their tickets) to enter the A&E Center.  Family members and guests without tickets will be encouraged to watch the ceremony on local cable channel 16 from an off-campus location, or from any of the locations on campus listed under the “Cablecast/Webcast” section listed below.  Receptions and diploma cover distribution will be held as scheduled, unless otherwise announced.

In the event of severe weather, graduates should proceed directly to the A&E Center between 7:30 am and 9:30 am where you will be seated by school (there will be no student procession). 

In the event of severe weather, faculty and staff should proceed directly to the A&E Center Hall of Champions between by 8:30 am. The platform party and faculty and staff will have an abbreviated procession down into the Glazer Arena. 

Any decision regarding changes to the Commencement schedule will be made as early as possible and will be announced on campus, through the Campus Center information desk at 607-274-3201, via Ithaca.edu, on radio station WICB FM 91.7, and via official Ithaca College social media outlets. 

Cablecast/Webcast on-campus locations:

Campus Center (various locations)*

Hoerner Theatre, Dillingham Center

Ford Hall, Whalen Center*

Park Hall Auditorium*

TV lounges in all residence halls where guests are housed

Textor 101, 102 and 103

Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center

Iger Lecture Hall, Whalen Center*

*Recommended for the mobility-impaired. 

The ceremony will also be shown live on the web.  It may be viewed by going to www.ithaca.edu beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Commencement day.  Portions of the ceremony will also be available for later viewing on the web at www.ithaca.edu/commencement, beginning on the Wednesday following Commencement. 

If Commencement is held indoors, sign language interpretation will be provided in the Athletics and Events Center and the Emerson Suites.  Receptions and diploma cover distribution will be held as scheduled. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Student Affairs and Campus Life Office at 274-3374 or reference the Special Commencement website at www.ithaca.edu/commencement/.  We are looking forward to a memorable day!

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