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SUMMER COMMENCEMENT 2018

Friday, July 27 - 10:00 a.m. CST
Tuskegee University Chapel
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Speaker:
The Hon. Lawrence "Tony" Haygood
Mayor, City of Tuskegee, Alabama
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Watch the 2018 Summer Commencement Ceremony below:

SCHEDULED EVENTS

THURSDAY, JULY 26


  • 10 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal, Tuskegee University Chapel
    Graduates should assemble in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center no later than 9:40 a.m. In the event of rain, go directly to the Chapel lobby.
  • 3 p.m.: School of Nursing and Allied Health Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony, Tuskegee University Chapel [read more]

FRIDAY, JULY 27
  • 10 a.m.: Summer Commencement Exercises, Tuskegee University Chapel
    Graduates should assemble in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center no later than 9 a.m. In the event of rain, go directly to the Chapel lobby.

COMMENCEMENT DAY INFORMATION

SEATING

  • Doors to the University Chapel are scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. the morning of commencement
  • Seating in the University Chapel for graduates, administrators, faculty and the disabled will be reserved as necessary and indicated by signage and/or ushers. Students and faculty will receive information about their respective meeting/line-up locations by email.
  • Seating for the guests of our graduates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for entry to the summer commencement ceremony.
  • The processional is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. As a courtesy, please plan to be seated by then or limit your entry until the processional concludes.

SECTIONS FOR THE DISABLED 

  • Sections for those with disabilities will be indicated in the University Chapel. Since these spaces will be limited, it may be necessary to restrict seating to the individual requiring this accommodation and only one other family member.
  • Graduates should inform appropriate university personnel in advance of any special needs of family members or guests.

PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICE

Designated guest parking will be located:

  • Behind Foster Hall
  • In front of Harvey Hall
  • Behind the Chapel
  • Beside Kenney Hall
  • Handicapped parking beside Foster Hall
  • Please consult the campus map for regular parking.

On-campus shuttle service will begin at 8:30 a.m. from these designated parking lots.

COMMENCEMENT FAQs

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Thursday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. – Mandatory graduation rehearsal (University Chapel)
  • Friday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. – Summer Commencement (University Chapel)
  • Graduation Attire (beneath robes): Business
  • Females: White and/or Black Dresses/Blouses/Dress Pants/Skirts
  • Dark Shoes: Dress, but no heels more than three inches (No flip-flops, slides, gym shoes, , etc.)
  • Males: White Dress Shirts/long or bow ties / dark Dress Slacks
  • Dark Shoes: Dress (No flip-flops, slides, gym shoes, etc.)

If for extraordinary circumstances, candidates are not able to attend the mandatory rehearsal, you are instructed to do the following:

  1. Contact your respective Academic Dean and explain your circumstances;
  2. Provide your Academic Dean with the name and contact information for a proxy who will attend the rehearsal in your absence and share all relevant information with you given at the rehearsal;  and
  3. Have the proxy to present a letter from your Dean (with appropriate identification) authorizing the proxy’s presence in  your absence.

ACADEMIC ATTIRE

THE CAP - The approved cap of the academic costume is the mortar board or Oxford cap- a stiff board nine inches square, usually covered in cotton poplin, Russell cord, or spun rayon, placed on a soft cap made of the same material and jointed in a pointed design in front and back. The front of the cap is shorter than the back, but the color is always that of the gown and is uniformly black for the four-year colleges. The use of velvet material has been reserved for the cap for the doctor’s degree. A silk cord with a tassel made of many strands of threads is attached to a button in the center of the board. The length of the cord and tassel may vary with the degree of the wearer.


THE GOWN - The basic design for gowns is similar for all degrees; the minor variations in fullness and length of sleeves and trimmings are indicative of degree levels. Cotton poplin fabric is used for the bachelor’s and master’s gown, and ribbed rayon or silk material is reserved for the doctor’s gown.


THE HOOD - No longer worn for warmth, the hood has become the colorful standard bearer of academic symbolism. It varies in length from three feet to three and a half feet, representing the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degree, respectively. The colors or colors of the lining of the hood is trimmed or edged in a border of velvet either two inches, three inches, or five inches in width for the bachelor’s, master’s and doctor’s degree. The border color represents the faculty or field of study in which the degree was awarded.
 
Information taken from The Admissions, Academic Records, and Registrar Handbook of Policies and Procedures, C. James Quann and Associates: 1979.


HONORS REGALIA - In recognition of scholarship of high quality, a student may graduate with distinction according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

  • Summa Cum Laude (3.75) - Gold shoulder stole/crimson letters 
  • Magna Cum Laude (3.50) - Gold shoulder stole/crimson letters 
  • Cum Laude (3.25) Cords - One gold and one crimson

Candidates for honors must qualify one semester prior to commencement. Regalia for honor students will be issued at graduation rehearsal. Students are permitted to keep honors regalia.
  
All seniors completing graduation requirements may place orders for graduation regalia with the Tuskegee Campus Bookstore. Deadlines to do so will be advertised in March. For more information (regarding regalia and invitations), call 334-727-5314.

ACADEMIC TERMINOLOGY

Academic Terms: “Alumni” and Others

  • alumna - Use this singular term for a female graduate.
  • alumnus - Use this singular term for a male graduate.
  • alumnae - Use this plural term for a group of female graduates.
  • alumni - Use this plural term for former students or graduates, whether referring to a group of males or a group consisting of males and females.
  • alma mater - A term that may be used when referring to Tuskegee University, the university from which you have graduated.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts - B.A.
  • Bachelor of Science - B.S.
  • Master of Arts - M.A.
  • Master of Science - M.S.
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - DVM

Tuskegee University Alumni Associations:

  • Tuskegee National Alumni Association, Inc. (TNAA)
  • Tuskegee University National Athletic Association (TUNAA)
  • Tuskegee University Agriculture, Environment & Nutrition Sciences Alumni Association (TUAENSAA)
  • Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association (TACAA)
  • Tuskegee University Nursing Alumni Association (TUNNAA)
  • Tuskegee University Band Alumni Association (TUBAA)
  • Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (TVMAA)
  • Tuskegee University Engineering Alumni Association (TUEAA)

PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEO AND DOWNLOADS

Photographs

  • Personal photographers and will not be permitted to approach the Chapel stage. Credentialed media requiring photography passes should contact the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at marketing@tuskegee.edu for guidance and permission.
  • All graduates who took photos (off stage and on stage with degree) at Commencement can go to  www.gradimages.com  to view and purchase images.
  • Enter your name and "Tuskegee University." Choose your photos and package(s). If you provided your email address/postal address to the photographer, you will also receive proofs from Grad Images.
  • You can also call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 ex 1950 to order photos or to make other inquiries.

Video

The ceremony will be available for viewing and sharing on the university's YouTube Channel, tentatively by Friday, Aug. 3. Personal videographers will not be permitted to approach the Chapel stage. Credentialed media requiring videography passes should contact the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at marketing@tuskegee.edu for guidance and permission.

Digital Program

A digital version of the summer commencement program in PDF format will be available for download here, tentatively by Friday, Aug. 3.

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