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Graduate students who anticipate receiving their master’s or doctorate degree in December 2013 are invited to participate in the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 13, 2013 in Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts.
Candidates and advisors for all degrees must be present at 5 p.m. in the Band Room of Haas Center for the Arts, which is located through the entrance opposite Columbia Hall. Graduates need to be assembled by 5:30 p.m. or you will not be allowed to participate. At that time, instructions will be given concerning the procession, seating and the hooding ceremony.
The following information outlines the ceremony, university policies concerning granting your degree, and frequently asked questions. Participation in the ceremony does not constitute verification of graduation. A student must satisfactorily complete ALL requirements before a degree is awarded. Final grades are not complete by the time ceremonies are held; therefore, diplomas are mailed to the home address of graduating students several weeks after the ceremonies.
Cap, Gown, and Hood
Each participant must be attired in an academic robe, matching cap, and carrying your hood over your left arm. A predesignated faculty member will hood you on stage. Academic attire for graduate students must be purchased through The University Store.
If unable to get on campus, the attire may be shipped for a fee. The attire is yours to keep. You can phone The University Store for information at (570) 389-4180 or contact the store by e-mail. The University Store closes at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays; therefore, academic attire should be purchased in advance.
There will be no extra attire at the ceremony. The robe should be pressed. It is inappropriate to attach flowers, signs or messages on the gown or cap. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head, with the top of the cap parallel to the floor. The tassel should hang on the left side of the cap.
No tickets are required for the degree ceremony. Any number of guests may be invited and seating is general admission. The ceremony is open to the public.
Provisions for the Disabled and Elderly
Guests in wheelchairs will be seated in the handicapped areas in Mitrani, which are located on the ends of the aisles, halfway down in the lower seating section. Ushers will be available to escort you to the special seating. Please call Anne Broyan (570-389-5338), at least three weeks prior to the ceremony, if an interpreter for the hearing impaired is needed. Guests who have trouble walking may be dropped off at the main entrance to Haas for easier access. Parking for disabled persons is reserved behind Haas Center for the Arts and at the back of Navy Hall. Check with police officers, who will be stationed throughout the campus parking lots, for directions.
Bloomsburg Area Lodging
See Lodging and Dining for an expanded list of options.
You will receive only a diploma cover at the commencement exercises, since grades are not reported until after the graduation ceremony. Your diploma and final transcript will be mailed to you when your degree is granted. Diplomas will be sent to the legal address that is listed on university records. If you do not attend the ceremony, a cover may be obtained by contacting the registrar's office.
Photograph at Graduation
Island Photography will e-mail proofs and cost to purchase the photographs of graduates that will be taken as the diploma cover is received and an off-stage posed photo. Payment in advance is not necessary in order to view proofs.
If you do not receive your proofs or have questions, contact Island Photography at 1-800-869-0908 or visit Island Photography's website for assistance.
Holds on Your Records, Grades and Transfer Credits
All holds must be cleared from your records before your degree and diploma are awarded and final transcript is released. Holds include any financial obligation to the university including basic fees, parking tickets, library fines, thesis binding fees and return of building keys.
Any courses with a grade of Incomplete or Research in Progress must be changed to a letter grade before your degree can be granted. All transfer credits must be received and recorded.
A transcript request form is available online through the registrar’s office. Indicate “hold for degree” on your request, and the official transcript will be mailed after your degree has been granted. Requests can be made in person or mailed.
Personalized graduation announcements can be ordered through Jostens 1-800-353-5299 (specify GRADUATE). General graduation announcements can be purchased at The University Store.
Career Development Center
The center offers career planning assistance to all students. In addition to individual career counseling sessions, the center provides permanent job opportunity information to graduating students and alumni. See the Career Development Center for more information.
Financial Aid Exit Interview
Recipients of the Federal Stafford Loan Program must complete exit counseling online prior to graduation. Contact the financial aid office, 119 Student Services Center, (570) 389-4279, for more information.
Recipients of the Federal Perkins Loan Program (National Direct Student Loan) must arrange an exit interview through the business office in the Waller Administration Building, (570) 389-4588, prior to graduation.
No Information Release
If you have stipulated that no information may be released concerning your university records, a written release must be submitted to the registrar’s office, 150 Student Services Center, in order to print your name in the commencement program.
Teacher Certification Applications
Applications for teacher certification are available from Angela McCabe, teacher certification coordinator, College of Education, McCormick, Room 3105, (570)389-5128, or by e-mail.