Commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 will be celebrated on the main campus on Friday, May 18. It is a celebration of your success, both academically and personally. It’s a great time to share your excitement with family, friends and fellow graduates.
Here’s what you need to know:
Commencement Graduation is held under a tent on the lawn of the main campus regardless of weather conditions. The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and it is anticipated that it will end between 6:00 and 6:30 pm. If you have someone attending graduation that is in need of disability accommodations, please contact Laura in the Registrar’s Office to make arrangements no later than May 17.
Caps and Gowns A college-wide email will be sent as soon as caps and gowns are ready for pick up in the bookstore, with nursing students picking theirs up through their department. Any students wishing to pick up their cap and gown in Littleton or North Conway may do so by contacting the bookstore.
Tassels If you have earned honors or high honors, a silver or gold tassel will be given at graduation rehearsal.
Invitations Graduates are provided a minimum of three invitations. They will be included in your cap and gown package. Guests do not need an invitation to attend.
PTK Stoles If you are a member of the Honor Society and have an Honors Stole be sure to bring it with you for the ceremony.
Rehearsal It is important that graduates attend rehearsal on Friday, May 18 at 2:30 pm. You will line up by department, then alphabetically by program, beginning in the hallway outside of the library. (See Procession)
Photography A professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate after they have received their diploma before returning to their seat. Each graduate will receive two 5 x 7 and one 8 x 10 pictures. Additional prints may be purchased by visiting www.normandphotography.com.
Procession Platform guests, faculty, and graduates will line up for the processional at the south exit door and down the corridor toward the library. Graduates will line up alphabetically, first by department and then by program as follows:
|Allied Health and Commerce|
|Criminal Justice/Homeland Security|
|Health and Wellness Facilitator|
|Health and Wellness Coach|
|New Business Economy|
|Arts and Education|
|Baking and Pastry Arts|
|Career & Technical Education|
|Early Childhood Education|
|Entry Level Childcare|
|Science, Technology, Engineering and Math|
|Advanced Welding Technology|
|Automotive Service Management|
|Commercial Driver Training|
|Mobile Equipment Technology|
The procession will enter from the back of the seating area and proceed up a designated aisle. Platform guests will line up first, followed by faculty who will proceed to their seats beginning with the first row on the left facing the platform. Graduates will stay approximately one arm’s length from the student in front of them. Graduates shall occupy the rows in the center section facing the stage. Upon reaching your seats, all will remain standing for the singing of the National Anthem. Males will remove their caps and hold them in their right hand by their side throughout the song.