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Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m.
Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts
At 10:30 a.m. seniors and faculty line up for Baccalaureate in front of Crounse. In case of rain, lineup for Baccalaureate will be in the Hazelrigg Gym in Sutcliffe. Seating for the Baccalaureate service is first-come, first-served, with overflow seating in the simulcast area in the Alumni Gym. Family and friends are welcome to attend Baccalaureate and other weekend activities.
Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in front of Old Centre
You may want to take photos there, which is fine, but we encourage you to do so quickly and early. After the faculty marshals begin placing the seniors in line, we need them to be ready to stay there.
Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m.
Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts
What day is both the saddest and the happiest day around here? Commencement. It's hard to say goodbye to dear friends every single year, all while bursting with pride and joy over their accomplishments and their incredibly bright futures! We hope to make Commencement a weekend to remember, and a meaningful experience for both the graduates and their families.
The ceremony will be simulcast in the Alumni Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall. To assist our seniors and senior parents in making plans for this important event, information about Commencement weekend activities is listed here.
Feel free to contact Mona Wyatt at (859) 238-5345 or email email@example.com or call (859) 238-5208 with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help.
Janet H. Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, will be the featured speaker at the 189th Centre College commencement ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Brown will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Seniors receive a letter and a ticket request form in February asking them to indicate by March 18 the number of tickets they are requesting for family and friends for the Commencement ceremony. Based on the number of people expected to graduate, we can guarantee each senior 4 tickets in Newlin Hall. After Newlin Hall is filled, tickets to the simulcast in the Alumni Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall will be assigned, allowing at least five more tickets to each senior who needs them. Seniors can request more tickets than the anticipated number available, and we will give out any extras through a lottery system.
Because seating is limited, we suggest you communicate with your senior concerning your ticket needs and encourage them to return the form to us quickly. Ticket requests received after the deadline will be processed last. Commencement tickets will be mailed directly to the seniors on campus in early May (unless they are studying abroad - in that case, the tickets will be mailed to the parents).
Special needs seating is available for people confined to wheelchairs and for anyone physically unable to climb stairs. Seniors also will be asked to indicate the number of guests requiring special needs seating on the reservation form. Those same seats may be reserved for Baccalaureate, and handicapped parking is also available.
A schedule of commencement weekend events is listed at the end of this information. Reservations are required for the Saturday reception (no charge), Saturday family picnic, senior family party (no charge), and the Sunday luncheon.
If you need a reservation form or wish to make reservations, please call the Office of Parent Programs at (859) 238-5208 after March 1. Meal tickets will be mailed directly to the parents. (And don't worry, if you forget to bring the tickets, we'll have your name on a list.) Please note that there is no charge for the senior to any of these events, but please include them on your form so that we have an accurate count. Please make yourreservations by May 13.
We encourage you to make room reservations at local hotels immediately. Click here to view area accommodations.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Mona Wyatt at (859) 238-5345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 238-5208 with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help.
Announcements, Caps/Gowns, Class Rings
Formal printed announcements are available from Herff Jones through the Centre Bookstore. In February the Centre Bookstore sends each senior a packet of information with an order form. The forms are mailed to Herff Jones and they ship the announcements directly to the student or parent. Students will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from Herff Jones in March (date and time to be announced).
Caps and Gowns. The date for ordering caps and gowns will be announced. If anyone is unable to meet with the representatives at that time, they should go to The Centre Bookstore and see Linda Minteer and she will take the order and measurements. The cap and gown are “keepsakes,” so seniors will not need to turn them in after the ceremony.
Centre Class Rings. Class rings can be ordered from the representatives of Herff Jones sometime in March (to be announced).
If you have questions, feel free to contact Linda Minteer at The Centre Bookstore or call (859) 238-1516. You may also order online at http://herffjones.com/college/graduation.
In addition to all the offerings at The Centre Bookstore, other appropriate Centre gifts for your graduate are available through the Alumni Association. These items include a round or square silver Centre pendant; sterling silver cufflinks with the Centre logo; a Centre lapel pin; an Old Centre print by James Werline; a set of 4 frosted old-fashioned Centre glasses; as well as Centre tote bags, golf sets (which include Centre golf balls, tees, and a towel), coasters, ornaments, C6H0 doormats, and playing cards. The recently published Our Standard Sure: Centre College Since 1819 is also available.
You may contact the Alumni House toll-free at (877) 678-9822 or locally at (859) 238-5500, or view the items and order online at the Centre Store. The Web address is: http://www.centre.edu/store.
Centre is pleased to announce that the Commencement ceremony will be offered on a live webcast this year. This will be a professionally-produced webcast filmed by a company that we have used for many years, the same company that will be producing our dvds. The webcast will offer a nice option to your friends and family who are unable to travel to attend the event. Stay tuned to Centre's website as we get closer to the commencement date for more information.
The College has contracted with a professional company to produce DVDs of the Commencement and Baccalaureate services. An order form is enclosed if you wish to order copies. PLEASE NOTE: The DVDs will not be mailed to you until late July.
2Riffic Images of Danville will photograph graduates as they receive their diploma. Graduates will receive information mailed to them at home from the photographer after Commencement with instructions for how to purchase the photos. The photos will also be READY TO VIEW 72 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY at http://www.2rifficimages.com.
If you go to the website now, you can see information and sample pictures from last year’s graduation, as well info about sample packages.
Group photo sessions (for groupings of your family and friends) will be offered at the Campus Center from noon to 2:00 p.m. (after Baccalaureate).
2012 Commencement Events ScheduleSATURDAY, MAY 19
All events on Saturday are free to faculty and seniors; everyone is welcome to attend the reception and family party at no charge.
5-5:30 p.m. Reception in front of Old Centre. No charge.
5:30 p.m. HONOR WALK CEREMONY and Senior Class Tribute in front of Old Centre. President Roush will speak and afterwards, all those being honored by a senior will be asked to move to the back of Old Centre to line up a row at a time. Guests will remain seated in front of Old Centre for the ceremony.
6:45 p.m. Senior Class Photo in front of Old Centre. In case of rain, the reception will be in the lobby of Sutcliffe, and the tribute and Honor Walk will be in the Alumni Gymnasium. You will be given information at that time about the location for the class picture.
7:00-8:30 p.m. Family Picnic on the lawn in front of the Campus Center. No charge for seniors or faculty. Adults $9; children ages 4-10 $3; children 3 and under are free. Dessert and coffee will be served at the Alumni House Reception from 7-8:30 p.m. In case of rain, the picnic will be held inside the Campus Center and under the tent in front of the Campus Center.
8:30-9:30 p.m. Reception sponsored by the Centre Alumni Association at the Chenault Alumni House. No charge. Bring the whole family over for dessert and coffee and browse through the Alumni Store. Seniors will have an opportunity to sign up for CentreLink, and Centre Alumni will be there to welcome you!
9:30 p.m. Fireworks on the lawn in front of the Campus Center.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
10:30 a.m. Seniors and faculty line up for Baccalaureate in front of Crounse. In case of rain, lineup will be in the Hazelrigg Gym in Sutcliffe.
11 a.m. Baccalaureate Service, Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts. Open seating. No tickets required for admission. Some reserved seating for handicapped guests.
Noon-1:30 p.m. Luncheon, Campus Center and tent in front of the Campus Center. No charge for seniors. Reservations required. Adults $8; children ages 4-10 $3; children 3 and under are free.
1:30 p.m. LEGACY PHOTO in the courtyard behind Old Centre. Seniors whose parents, grandparents, or siblings are alumni of Centre are invited to take part in the legacy photo with these relatives.
2 p.m. Seniors line up for Commencement in front of Old Centre. Doors open at the Norton Center and the Alumni Gym in Sutcliffe at this time for the ceremony and the simulcast seating. All guest seats are reserved. Tickets are required for admission. In case of rain, lineup for Commencement will be in the Hazelrigg Gym in Sutcliffe.
3 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts. All seats in Newlin Hall require a ticket for admission. Ceremony simulcast in Alumni Gym in Sutcliffe. Tickets are also required for the simulcast seating.
5 p.m. (approx.) Graduates' Reception honoring our newest alumni and their families on the lawn in front of the Norton Center. Faculty will be located on the lawn by signs indicating the majors so that their former students and their families may say farewell.