Commencement 2012 FAQs
When is Commencement?
The CUA Commencement Exercises will take plan on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. on the University Mall in front of the east entrance to the Basilica (more information about it can be found here: http://commencement.cua.edu/commencement.cfm).
The SLIS Commencement Ceremony will take place afterwards, at 12 p.m. in the Columbus School of Law Atrium on campus.
Can you give me more information about the SLIS Ceremony?
The SLIS Commencement Ceremony will take place afterwards, at 12 p.m. in the Columbus School of Law Atrium on campus. The SLIS Ceremony will last about an hour, with a reception of food and drinks following it in the School of Law Lobby and Courtyard. Tickets are not required, but we would prefer if you RSVP’d to email@example.com with the number of guests that will be attending. At the ceremony, SLIS graduates who have not yet received their diplomas (those who graduated this spring), will receive them at that time.
Do you have to attend both? Can you just go to the SLIS ceremony?
No, you do not have to attend both the CUA and SLIS ceremonies, and yes, you can attend just the SLIS ceremony.
What do I do when I arrive for the SLIS ceremony?
When you arrive at the Columbus School of Law Atrium we ask that you find Louise Gray to recieve your name card. From there, you will line up behind one of the curtains and wait for the ceremony to begin to proceed to your seats. While the graduates are forming their processional line, we will ask your guests to take their seats.
I haven't recieved my diploma yet, will I get it at the ceremony?
If you graduated this spring from SLIS you can recieve your diploma following the ceremony. If you are unable to attend the SLIS ceremony, the University will mail you your diploma (so make sure your address is up-to-date in Cardinal Station).
I already recieved my diploma, do I still need to come?
For those of you that graduated in the Summer or Fall 2011 and have already recieved your diploma, you are still welcome and encouraged to come to the SLIS ceremony. Instead of recieving your real diploma, you will just recieve a "fake" one, but you will still have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony.
Is a cap & gown required for the SLIS ceremony?
No, a cap and gown are not required for the SLIS ceremony, however, most graduates do wear them. If you would like to order one, please visit this website for more information: http://commencement.cua.edu/cap-gown.cfm If you do not want to order a cap and gown, we would suggest dressing business casual.
Are tickets required for all guests?
Tickets are not required, but we would prefer if you RSVP’d to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of guests that will be attending.
How many guests can I bring?
While we don’t have a set limit on the number of guests you can bring to the SLIS ceremony, we recommend only inviting 4 people since we do have a limited amount of space in the School of Law. Please RSVP with your number of guests to email@example.com. Also, please email us at that address if you have any guests attending that will need special accomodations.
Will there be any notice going out about these events with general information?
We have sent out a “Save the Date” to the SLIS student listserv, so we would suggest that you make sure you are subscribed to that list for updates. (Instructions for subscribing can be found here: http://lis.cua.edu/tech/listserv.cfm). Also, we will send out a formal invitation to all graduates in mid-April with more instructions. If you have any questions about the SLIS Commencement Ceremony, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.