Frequently Asked Questions by McNichols Campus Guests
Commencement: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions by McNichols Campus Guests
The Commencement Committee requests your cooperation in making the Commencement a memorable event for both you and your graduate. A past complaint from the graduates and their guests was the behavior of some of the guests attending the Ceremony. The Committee asks that you be considerate both for the solemnity of the Commencement and the other guests by not trying to get your graduate's attention during the Ceremony. Below is information that we hope you find helpful in planning for and attending the Commencement Events.
Q: How long is Commencement?
A: The actual Commencement Ceremony takes about 2 hours, 1 hour for speeches and conferring of degrees and 1 hour for degree presentation. It is not an event that most young children find interesting. With due respect for the Ceremony, you are expected to stay in place for the entire event.
Q: What if my candidate has some existing commencement concerns?
A: Commencement Day is not the time to address pre-existing concerns. These matters should be immediately brought to the attention of your candidate's college/school office or academic advisor.
Q: How many tickets are available?
A: In the last few years, Commencement tickets have not been distributed and Calihan Hall has not been filled to capacity so we are not using tickets. No tickets will be distributed and candidates are asked to be judicious in the number of invitations they extend. We ask that no more than 10 guests be invited. Remember that seating is on a first come, first served basis and once Calihan Hall is at capacity, no more guests will be admitted.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Parking is limited. Allow extra time to park and, if possible, car pool. For parking locations see the map provided to your candidate with his/her Commencement Instructions or visit our web site at www.udmercy.edu/commencement . Disabled parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is restricted to those with valid handicapped stickers or license plate. Parking is on a first come, first served basis.
Q: When and where are the Commencement Events?
A: The 2014 Commencement takes place on Saturday, May 10 on the McNichols Campus. See map included in the Commencement Instruction or visit the Commencement web site.
- Baccalaureate Line-up -- 9:30 a.m. -- Gesu Church
- Baccalaureate Mass -- 10:00 -- Gesu Church
- Continental Breakfast -- 11:00-11:45 -- Fisher Fountain by the Student Center
- Candidate Line-up -- 12:00 noon -- Designated Assembly Areas
- Procession begins -- 12:45 p.m. - Sacred Heart Square
- Commencement -- 1:30 -- Calihan Hall
BACCALAUREATE MASS is an integral part of the Commencement activities and candidates and guests of all faiths are invited to join this religious service thanking God for His blessings and praying for our future. Mass begins at 10:00 a.m. in Gesu Church, located one block north of the McNichols Campus on Santa Maria between Quincy and Oak Drive. See map provided with the Commencement Instructions.
COMPLIMENTARY CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST will be served from 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 A.M. by the Fisher Fountain outside the Student Center. If it is raining, the complimentary continental breakfast will be available near your designated assembly areas. NO tickets are required.
COMMENCEMENT - Calihan Hall is not an air-conditioned facility.
PROCESSION - At noon, candidates are to be in their designated procession assembly areas specified in the Commencement Instructions. Over 30 minutes is needed to line up the candidates. At 12:40 p.m. the college/school processions will move to Sacred Heart Square and at 12:45 p.m., process to Calihan Hall. It is traditional for a Bagpiper to lead the procession. Rain or shine, the procession will process. Each college/school will be led by its Banner Bearer who is followed by the Faculty, Graduate and Undergraduate Candidates. The procession arrives at Calihan Hall's northwest doors at approximately 12:50 p.m.
Q. Will the Commencement Ceremony be televised?
A. Family and friends unable to attend the Commencement Ceremony may watch online. To view the ceremony go to www.horizonleague.com on the day of Commencement. On the left side of the home page, locate the section for "Upcoming Live Events" and click on "Full Live Schedule". Choose the Commencement Ceremony link in that section and the media player will begin automatically.
Q: How can I get a good seat?
A: Calihan Hall doors open at 11:00 a.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Q: What if some of the guests are persons with disabilities?
A: There is limited Calihan Hall main floor seating for persons with disabilities, accompanied by one able bodied companion. The limited seating is first come, first served. The chance of being seated in the disabled section shortly before the procession begins is unlikely. Balcony seating can be accessed only by steep steps.
An alternative viewing site In the Fitness Center will be opened to accommodate those disabled guests who cannot be seated in Calihan Hall. The Fitness Center is equipped to receive the Horizon League TV Network satellite feed. It provides comfortable seating, handicapped accessibillity, and air-conditioning. The most convenient parking areas to the Fitness Center are east of the Fitness Center and the Student/Visitor Lot east of the residence hall complex.
Q: Does Calihan Hall have accessible restrooms?
A: Restrooms are located around the main floor hallways. There are accessible men's and women's restrooms located in the north corridor near the main entrance of the building.
Q: Can the Ceremony be videotaped/photographed?
A: Videotaping/photographing is permitted by guests from the balcony only. A professional photographer will take three shots of your graduate on the floor during the degree presentation. Guests, other than those seated in the physically disabled section, are not permitted on the main floor.
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: Candidates are to report to their assembly areas regardless of the weather. If rain is predicted, they are instructed to bring an umbrella. If the Rain Plan is put into effect, i.e., colleges/schools will come directly to the northwest doors of Calihan Hall from their assembly areas rather than establishing a formal procession at the Fisher Fountain. Implementing the rain plan will not affect the Procession within Calihan Hall.
Q: What can't I bring into Calihan Hall?
A: Commencement is a formal academic ceremony, not an athletic event. Balloons, noise makers, air/bull horns, beach balls, signs, etc. are not permitted.
Q: What is appropriate guest behavior?
A: Since Commencement is a formal academic ceremony, guests are asked to please show proper respect for both the ceremony and the other guests by:
- Not interfering with the Procession.
- Turning off all beepers, pagers and cell phones.
- Remaining quiet and dignified during the ceremony.
- Refraining from shouting graduate names from the balcony during the Ceremony. This type of behavior is disrespectful and disruptive. Guests who choose not to respect the rights of others will be asked to be quiet and then if the behavior continues, asked to leave.
- Conferring of Degrees - This is the most important and solemn part of the Ceremony. Although quiet should be maintained while the President confers the degrees, expressions of joy are appropriate after the conferring of degrees.
- Presentation of Degrees - A joyous expression is also appropriate when your graduate's name is read. The celebrations should be very brief so that the next graduate's name can be heard.
Q: Where will my graduate be sitting?
A: A floor-seating diagram will be available online on the Commencement Website approx 48 hours before the ceremony and diagrams for viewing will bee in the lobby entrance. This will give the general location of where your graduate's college/school will be seated. The candidates are seated alphabetically within their degree section.
Q: What are the decorations that some graduates wear?
A: Graduates' gowns should not contain adornments such as jewelry, flowers, signs, etc. Gown decoration is strictly limited to university, college and school honor regalia such as cord, sashes, pins and medallions. Your graduate may obtain a listing of the approved items from their college/school office. Candidates with caps that are decorated or which contain messages are unacceptable. Fraternity and sorority apparel is not considered appropriate. Faculty and University Marshals will ask graduates to remove any unauthorized paraphernalia. Candidates will not be permitted to march in the procession adorned.
Q: What do the hood and tassel colors signify?
A: The colors represent the academic degree area. The colors are:
- Yellow Gold - Business Turnaround Management, Computer and Information Systems, Criminal Justice undergraduate , Health Administration, Human Services, Information Assurance, Intelligence Analysis, Physician Assistant, Product Development, Security Administration, Science
- Light Blue - Education, Teaching of Mathematics
- Orange - Engineering, Engineering Management
- White - Community Development, Counseling, Criminal Justice graduate, Legal Administration, Liberal Arts
- Blue-Violet - Architecture
- Drab - Business Administration
- Lilac - Dentistry
- Copper - Economics, Financial Economics
- Brown - Fine Arts
- Purple - Law
- Apricot - Health Systems Management, Nursing, Nursing Education
- Dark Blue - Philosophy
- Citron - Social Work
A more detailed explanation is printed in the Commencement Program.
Q: Where may I get information on the Academic Procession, Order of Exercises, Academic Regalia and the Degree Recipients?
A: This information appears in the Commencement Program available at the Ceremony.
Q: How is the right name called when the graduates are presented their degree?
A: At the Candidate Assembly, each candidate receives an identification card that contains his/her name, seat number and honors, if applicable. This card is presented to the Announcer when the graduate receives his/her degree. Because, in the past, some candidates have exercised their creative writing talents, the Announcer will read only the college/school printing and handwritten phonetic name pronunciation. Other writing on the card will be ignored.
Q: Why are the names read at such a rapid rate?
A: UDM prefers to personalize its Commencement by having each participating graduate's name read. In order not to extend the Ceremony, the graduates' names are read rapidly. With approximately 750 students participating in the ceremony, one additional second per name would lengthen the event by nearly 15 minutes.
Q: Why didn't my graduate:
- Name appear in the Commencement Program? Program copy is sent to the printer several weeks before the ceremony. A graduate's name may not appear in the program if the Graduation Application was filed after the deadline.
- Get a diploma? Reasons for not receiving a degree are:
- degree requirements have not been met, e.g., courses remain to be completed.
- outstanding financial balance.
- the Graduate Application was received after the diploma ordering deadline.
Graduates who have any existing concerns should contact their college/school office immediately.
- Have his/her honors read? Honors are awarded to full-time undergraduate students who have completed their degree requirements as of the end of Term II. For students who enrolled prior to Fall 2011 they are: summa cum laude - 3.75 or above, magna cum laude - 3.50 and above and cum laude - 3.25 or above and are base on only the last 60 hours of coursework taken at UDM in the degree program. For those student who enrolled in Fall 2011 and beyond the honors are determined using the entire UDM GPA summa cum laude - 3.90 or above, magna cum laude - 3.70 and above and cum laude - 3.50 or above. All students students must have completed 60 hours at UDM to qualify. Candidates for June, July and August 2014 will not have honors read at Commencement because they have not finished their studies. Honors are not awarded at the master/doctoral degree level.
Q: Where do I meet my graduate after Commencement?
A: After the Commencement Ceremony is complete, the Graduates will recess out of Calihan Hall. Do not wait in the hallways or right outside of Calihan Hall. Plan to meet your graduate at your own designated area. Graduates eligible to receive their diplomas will proceed to their colleges/schools and pick up their diploma. It is suggested that families and friends meet at the Fountain Area outside the Student Center.
Q: How do I exit the Campus?
A: All vehicles exiting the:
- McNichols (Six Mile Road) Gate are required to make a right (east) turn.
- Livernois Gate are required to make a right (north) turn.
Q: Where can I get more information about Commencement?
A: Check with your graduate, review the commencement web site or call the Office of the Registrar at 313-993-3313.
- Student Center Bookstore- first floor, near south exit
- Calihan Hall Concession Stands and Gift Shop - first floor front hallway
Class of 2014 T-Shirt Sale at Calihan Hall in the first floor front hallway.
Thank you for your cooperation and for your part in helping to make this unforgettable occasion possible.
2014 Commencement Committee