Commencement

 

Parent Program Info

Mailing Address:
Parent Programs
Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422

Telephone:
859.238.5208

Office Location:
Second Floor of Old Centre

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, excluding College holidays.


As the culmination of every Centre student’s experience, Commencement is a historic and treasured hallmark of each academic year.

The weekend is full of more than pomp and circumstance, however—our Honor Walk ceremony gives seniors the chance to recognize their mentors, the Baccalaureate ceremony inspires graduates spiritually on their journey forward, and fireworks on Old Centre lawn join students and families in celebrating a truly momentous occasion.

2014 Commencement Schedule

Tickets

Seniors have just received a letter and a ticket request form asking them to indicate by March 21st the number of tickets they are requesting for family and friends for the Commencement ceremony. Based on the number expected to graduate, we can guarantee each senior four tickets to the ceremony in Newlin Hall. The remaining tickets will be for the simulcast in Alumni Gym in Sutcliffe Hall, with each senior getting up to five tickets to the simulcast if they need them. Seniors can request more tickets than the anticipated number available and we will give out any extras in Newlin Hall and the Alumni Gym 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 promptly. Ticket requests received after the deadline will be processed last. Commencement tickets will be mailed to your graduating senior in campus mail in early May (unless they are studying abroad – in that case, the tickets will be mailed to your home address). Note also that seniors can request that their tickets be split (2 & 2 or 1 & 3) if they have family situations that require this.
 
Special needs seating is available for people confined to wheelchairs and for anyone physically unable to climb stairs. Seniors also have been asked to indicate the number of guests requiring special needs seating on the reservation form. Those same seats should be reserved for Baccalaureate and handicapped parking is also available for both events in special reserved parking behind the Norton Center.

Baccalaureate Service

This is a worship service broadly reflective of the College’s Judeo-Christian heritage. While seating is limited for the Commencement ceremony, seating for the Baccalaureate Service, which will be in Newlin Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 25th, is open, on a first-come, first-served basis (except for handicapped seating, which will be reserved). Any overflow crowd may view the service from the simulcast area in Alumni Gym. The Baccalaureate Service will also be offered via a webcast this year (keep an eye on Centre’s web page for further information as we get closer to the date). Guests needing handicapped seating should reserve it for Baccalaureate if they plan to attend, as well as Commencement.
 
For Baccalaureate, the graduating class will line up at 10:30 a.m. in front of Sutcliffe and process to Newlin Hall wearing their caps and gowns and will sit together as a class.

Reservations

Reservations are required for the Saturday Family Picnic, Centre Alumni Reception (no charge), and the Sunday Luncheon. Please review the form and return it with your payment by May 9th. Meal tickets will be mailed directly to you. (And don’t worry, if you forget to bring the tickets, we’ll have your name on a list and can replace them.) Please note that there is no charge for your senior to any of the events, but please include them on your form so that we have an accurate count.

Live Webcast

Centre is pleased to announce that both the Commencement ceremony and the Baccalaureate will be offered via 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.
 
Simulcast in Alumni Gym
Both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be simulcast and seating for that event will be in Alumni Gym. While we guarantee each senior 5 tickets to the simulcast, more are often available. This will be a very professional production with excellent sound and video quality, and will be a nice option for your guests who want to be with you for all the other activities offered during the weekend but do not have a ticket in Newlin Hall. This is also an excellent location for small children, who might not want to sit still through an entire ceremony.

Commencement DVDs

The College has contracted with a professional company to produce DVDs of the Commencement and Baccalaureate services, as well as the Honor Walk ceremony. An order form is enclosed if you wish to order copies. Note: The DVDs will not be mailed to you until around late July.

Commencement Photos

Kirk Schlea Photography will photograph the graduates as they receive their diploma. Information for parents and graduates about ordering will be available on the Centre Commencement web page in early May and information about ordering also will be available at the registration tables during the Honor Walk and Picnic on Saturday, May 24th. The photos will be ready to view 72 hours after the ceremony. The web address for viewing will be in the printed information on May 24th and will be posted on the Centre Commencement web page.
 
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).

Printed Announcements

Formal printed announcements for Centre Commencement are available through Herff Jones. Recently, The Centre Bookstore sent each senior a packet of information with an order form. The forms are mailed directly to Herff Jones and they ship the announcements directly back to the student, or often to the parent. I hope that your student will meet with the Herff Jones representatives on March 6th and 7th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center, Room 202, when they are on campus. If you have questions, feel free to contact Linda Minteer at 859.238.1516 at The Centre Bookstore. You may also order online at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/.

Caps and Gowns

Orders for caps and gowns will be taken on March 6th and 7th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center, Room 202, when the representatives from Herff Jones are on campus. If your senior does not meet with one of the representatives, have them go immediately to The Centre Bookstore and they will take their order and measurements. The cap and gown are “keepsakes,” so they will not need to turn them in after the ceremony. All outstanding fees must be paid before a student picks up their cap and gown.
 
Early graduates or students who are abroad can email the following information to the bookstore@centre.edu – height, weight, and hat size (measure your head with a string by inches). They should do this as soon as possible.

Senior Class Rings

Centre class rings are also available through Herff Jones and can be ordered from the representatives on March 6th and 7th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center, Room 202. If you have questions, contact Herff Jones at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/.

Centre Gifts

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 four insulated Centre tumblers; as well as Centre tote bags, golf balls, leather coasters, iPad covers, hand-blown glass ornaments by Centre alumnus, Brooke White ‘91, C6-H0 doormats, camping chairs, and playing cards. Copies of Our Standard Sure: Centre College Since 1819 will be given to graduating seniors at the Honor Walk, but are also available for purchase. Any of these items may be ordered by calling the Centre College Alumni House toll-free at 877.678.9822, or locally at 859.238.5500 or by visiting the Alumni Store online at www.centre.edu/store.

Commencement Rehearsal

There will be a Commencement rehearsal during Commencement week on Monday, May 19th, at 4:45 p.m. in Newlin Hall. It is very important that your senior be there.

Senior Week

Senior Week, the days between the last final and Commencement, is an annual tradition that includes special meals, gatherings, and planned entertainment for graduating seniors and their guests. All seniors must register for Senior Week and the meals and a themed t-shirt are included with registration. Information regarding specific activities will be released in the coming weeks to the seniors.
 
Please remind your student that all College rules are still in place during Senior Week and only those registered official guests of seniors may be on campus during this time. Seniors who have not been cited for an alcohol or vandalism related violation may invite one guest, who must have also not been cited for the above offenses, to Senior Week.

Commencement Lineup

The lineup for Commencement is at 2:00 p.m. in front of Old Centre. You may want to take photos there, which is fine, but we encourage you to do that quickly and early. After the faculty marshals begin placing the seniors in line, we need them to be ready to stay there.

Lodging

We encourage you to make your room reservations at local hotels immediately if you have not already done so. Most of the hotels in Danville are now already full, but fortunately, Harrodsburg is only a few minutes from campus. For a complete list of area accommodations, click here. If you need assistance with lodging, please contact the office of parent programs at 859.238.5208 or 5345.

 


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