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    To allow for the comfort of graduates and guests, there are 3 commencement ceremonies; each focuses on individual colleges. Please plan accordingly for the applicable ceremony. Note: each lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Join the Facebook event.

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Providence Performing Arts Center:

    • Graduate & Doctoral Ceremony, 6:00pm arrival

    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center:

    • Undergraduate Ceremony: Culinary & Hospitality, 8:00am arrival
    • Undergraduate Ceremony: Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology, 2:00pm arrival

    Commencement Exercises
    Detailed commencement programs available at each ceremony will outline the order of exercises, and list the name and degree information of eligible graduates.

    The ceremony begins with the academic procession lead by the graduates, followed by faculty and the platform party. At a certain point, the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Providence Campus will ask graduates to stand. The vice president will then formally present them, on behalf of the faculty, to the president. The president will confer the degree upon these individuals and then ask them to be seated. The process will then be repeated for each degree being conferred.

    At a designated time, ushers will escort graduates to the stage/riser in an orderly fashion where they present their name cards to the announcer. As the student’s name is read, they will proceed to center stage to greet the dean and then proceed down the staircase to promptly return to their seat as directed by the ushers.

    The ceremony concludes with the benediction. Graduates are directed to stand as the platform party leaves the area. They are then directed by the ushers for a swift and orderly exit. Graduates should not leave the area until directed to do so by an usher.

    Generally, commencement exercises include:

    Academic Procession
    International Parade of Flags
    National Anthem
    Presidential Address
    Student Address
    Presentation of Honorary Degree Candidates
    Conferring of Honorary Degrees
    Commencement Address
    Presentation of Degree Candidates
    Conferring of Degrees
    Induction into the Alumni Association
    Academic Recessional