College of Education and University Studies Commencement Ceremony
Sat, 10 May 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
College of Education and University Studies commencement exercises for undergraduate degree candidates will be held in Godwin Hall
Dean Phillip Wishon, Dean Linda Cabe Halpern, and Dr. Jim Shaeffer, Associate Vice Provost for Outreach & Engagement presiding. The ceremony will include remarks by selected student speakers and special recognitions. Graduates will be individually recognized and receive the President’s letter of congratulations. Graduating students and guests should plan to honor all graduates by remaining until the conclusion of the ceremony.
Student Line-up for Processional (Before Ceremony)
Adult Degree Program graduates, Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Education and Middle Education, will line-up for the processional in the hallway closest to the Bookstore side of the building (right hallway as you stand with your back to the gym facing the room where light refreshments will be available for faculty) in order to be seated on the left side (facing the stage).
Elementary education teacher licensure students will line-up for the processional in the hallway closet to the Interstate-81 side of the building (left hallway as you stand with your back to the gym facing the room where light refreshments will be available for faculty) in order to be seated o the right side (facing the stage).
Graduate Processional and Seating
Both Graduates and faculty will process.
Graduates must be at Godwin Hall on the first floor lobby by 8:30 am on Saturday, May 10th.
Upon processing, graduates will be seated as follows:
- Elementary Education teacher licensure students will be seated on the right side (facing the stage) as well as at rear of the left side.
- Adult Degree Program graduates, IDLS non-teaching majors, Special Education Inclusive Early Childhood Education, and Middle Education teacher licensure students will be seated on the left side (facing the stage).
There will be no rehearsal for students prior to the commencement ceremony.
Seating & Disability Accommodations
Your guests can expect to spend about two hours at the commencement event. Primary seating in Godwin Hall is on bleachers. Guests in wheelchairs and individuals with limited mobility will want to arrive early in order to be seated in the rows of chairs on the floor behind the graduates. Ushers will be on hand and will assist with seating in this section. In order that all guests with special needs can be accommodated, we ask that one accompanying guest or attendant sit with your family member on the floor while the remainder of your party sits in the bleachers. Interpreter Services for the Deaf are provided. Please inform us of your need by April 18th by calling (540) 568-6572. Special parking is available near Godwin Hall for vehicles with DMV issued handicapped license plates or permits.
More Parking Information can be found here: http://www.jmu.edu/events/commencement/2014/05/10-education-university-studies.shtml
Student Name Cards
Graduating students are reminded that they MUST pick up a card listing their name as it will appear in the commencement program. Name cards will be distributed in Registration Services, 3rd Floor, Warren Hall, Monday–Friday May 5-9th,
9 am-5 pm. Immediately prior to walking across the stage at the college ceremony, students will present their card to the person reading names
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will proceed as scheduled
A professional photographer will photograph each graduate crossing the stage and receiving their congratulations. Graduates should visit JMU's Main Commencement website to place orders.
JMU is providing free shuttle service for commencement exercises across campus.
Concessions including water and snack items will be available for sale before and during the ceremonies.
As you approach campus, tune to radio station 1610 AM for updated information. This station serves a three-mile radius.
It is recommended that all graduates who have completed their education program apply for a Virginia Teaching License. Instructions are available at http://coe.jmu.edu/esc/. Students who do not apply will not receive a license.