Grads prepare for commencement

Megan Newman, ‘Doah Editor-in-Chief
April 30, 2014



After four long years of hard work graduation is finally here! In less than two weeks seniors will be putting on their caps and gowns, walking across the stage to shake President Fitzsimmons’ hand, and becoming alumni. In addition to studying for finals, there are still a few things seniors must do to prepare for graduation. If you have not already picked up your cap and gown, you can do so at the bookstore. Graduates should also visit the business office and registrar’s office to pay any outstanding balances and request any transcripts or other forms needed.

Leading up to graduation there are many events graduates and their families can partake in. Friday, May 9 graduates are asked to participate in a graduation rehearsal at 2:30 p.m. in Armstrong Concert Hall. Immediately after, grads and their families are invited to the Grad Bash in the game room in Brandt Student Center. The Baccalaureate Service will be Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in Goodson Chapel. Many of the schools have honors and award ceremonies on Friday, May 9 or Saturday, May 10 prior to the commencement ceremony. The morning of Saturday, May 10, graduates and their families have the option to have brunch with President Fitzsimmons at 10:30 a.m. in Brandt Student Center. The brunch is free to all graduates, but guests are $10 a piece. The brunch is by reservation only. Be sure to RSVP on the commencement website.

Graduates are to report for commencement check in at 12 p.m. on the quad in front of Smith Library. Commencement has moved this year due to the construction of the new Health and Life Sciences building. Instead of being on the quad in front of the Smith Library, the ceremony will be held on the intramural field behind Brandt Student Center. Commencement is still a rain or shine event, be sure your friends and family bring umbrellas just incase. No tickets are needed for the event, seating is first come, first served. Handicap seating is available to those who need it. The ceremony will start at approximately 1:45 p.m.

The class of 2014 has the honor of having Ellyn Miller as their commencement speaker. Miller, mother of Gabriella Miller ‘13, S.U.’s littlest alumni, and executive director and co-founder of Smashing Walnuts Foundation which raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer with a focus on brain cancer research. “Ellyn Miller should be a true inspiration to us all. In the face of such a profound loss, she remains committed to helping other children and their families,” said President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. “We were honored to welcome the Miller family into our Shenandoah family and our hearts and grateful we were able to be a part of fulfilling Gabriella’s wish to graduate from college.”

Like Gabriella, many S.U. students have also dreamed of graduating with a college degree, and just like Gabby got to graduate with her degree, the class of 2014 will follow suit. Future graduates should enjoy the few days they have left at S.U. spend time with their friends, thank the professors and administrators that helped you along the way. Congratulations class of 2014! We did it!

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