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Submitted on behalf of the 2013 Commencement Committee, David Prunty and Doreen Hettich-Atkins, Co-chairs

As we prepare for our 118th Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2013, we would like to provide you with some information regarding the academic procession.


As we prepare for our 118th Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2013, 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.  Below is information 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 Campus Center 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 between the School of Music and the Hill Center.  The faculty and staff will pass the reviewing stand, 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 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 2013, graduate procession will line up in the academic quad area extending from Textor Hall toward the Campus Center.  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 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 will be postponed until 1:00 p.m.  Receptions and diploma cover distribution will take place after the ceremony at the publicized locations.  In the event that severe weather is predicted for the entire day, Commencement will be moved into the Athletics and Events Center.  Three tickets per graduate will be distributed to students in advance for use in the event that we are forced to use the Athletics and Events Center.  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 procession).

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, 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 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Commencement day.  Portions of the ceremony will also be available for later viewing on the web at, 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 

We are looking forward to a memorable day!


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