The tassel should be moved away from the audience side when approaching the stage. Be sure the tassel is away from your face as you cross the stage. The tassel should be on the right side of the hat.
Hair should be styled away from the face so it will not block the camera’s view when crossing the stage.
Smile and make eye contact with the presenter when you shake hands.
Stage cards will be picked up at the switchboard.
If you think the name(s) may be difficult to pronounce, PRINT the name phonetically so it can be easily read.
WRITE LEGIBLY! The announcer needs to be able to read this on the stage AND these cards are given to the professional photographer after the ceremony for use in mailing your proofs.
Order of Procession: All faculty members and students should report to the Arnold Farber Building at 9:00 a.m. on the day of Commencement to prepare for the processional. A faculty picture will be taken at 9:30 a.m.
The stage party will enter 10 minutes prior to the entry of graduates. As graduates enter all guests will stand and remain standing until the singing of the National Anthem and the recessional of the color guards.
The order of the procession: faculty marshal, faculty and candidates.
Faculty: Faculty should report to the Arnold Farber Building at 9:30 a.m. on the day of Commencement to prepare for the processional. Faculty will form two lines during the processional. Faculty will be seated near the stage after the graduates have all entered their seating area. All graduates, faculty, and guests are to remain standing during the recessional of the color guards and the singing of the National Anthem.
Graduates will line up in one line by degree or program. Once in line, please remain in line with your degree to avoid gaps in the procession and equal seating. Candidates will be seated with other students in their degree, on the main floor of the Gymnasium.
Please make every effort to attend the rehearsal to avoid any problems on commencement day.
The only thing in the graduates’ hands should be their name card. Programs will be available on the seats.
The processional lineup will begin at 9:00 a.m. SHARP in the Farber Building Commons Area.
Conferring of Degrees
At the appropriate time in the program the Vice President of Academic Affairs will ask the candidates to rise. After the degree is conferred ushers will direct candidates (by rows) to come forward.
Graduates Crossing the Stage
Ushers will direct candidates, one row at a time, to the stage. Graduates should not get up before their row has been directed to do so by the usher.
You will be visible to every seat in the Gymnasium as you line up.
Be quiet while you are in line waiting your turn to go on the stage. Please respect the dignity of the ceremony.
Graduate will proceed on the stage.
Graduate will present name card to the Vice President of Instruction for announcement and recognition of your name and program.
Photographs During the Ceremony
A professional photographer will be taking individual photographs of each candidate as they cross the stage during the ceremony. Family and friends wishing to take photographs of candidates are requested to do so either from their seats or before and after the ceremony. It is disruptive to have numerous people rushing to the stage during the presentation of certificates for photographs. Please respect the dignity of the ceremony.
Graduates will cross the stage and be presented with their leather diploma covers by the Crowder College Board of Trustees. Once presented with the leather diploma cover the graduates will cross the stage to shake hands with the Crowder College President, Dr. Jennifer Methvin.
Graduates will be directed by the ushers to return to their seats and remain standing until everyone in their row has crossed the stage. The usher will then notify the graduates to be seated.
Once all candidates have been presented their leather diploma covers the graduates will be asked to stand. The College President will say a few words and congratulate the graduates and then dismiss the graduates.
Receiving Your Diploma
The Records Office will mail the diploma to the graduates approximately ten weeks after graduation. If you have any questions, contact:
Rhonda Helm, Co-coordinators, (417) 455-5664 or
Jeanie Pettus, Records Office, (417) 455-5697.
This is your commencement and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs!
Restrictions: Graduates must be properly dressed for the commencement ceremony which includes academic regalia and preferably dress clothes and shoes. Flip-flop shoes, jeans, or revealing white sport socks will not be allowed.
The policy of prohibiting the use of alcohol will be enforced. Please consider the importance of this occasion for yourself, your classmates and those who have come to share this day with you. Refrain from including alcohol in your celebration. Students who arrive at the ceremony intoxicated or who use alcohol during the ceremony will be removed from the festivities.
Animals: The policy prohibiting animals will be enforced. Pets are not allowed at the ceremony. Students with pets will not be allowed into the ceremony.
Cell Phones: Please turn off all cell phones and pagers during the ceremony.
Other: Balloons, camera tripods, air horns, and other items are disruptive to the ceremony and/or obstruct the view of other guests and will not be allowed in.
Photographs: Family and friends wishing to take photographs of candidates are requested to do so either from their seats or before the ceremony. Photos may be taken near the stage area after the ceremony. Hearts of America/Chappell Photography will be available if you would like special group photographs. It is disruptive to have numerous people rushing the stage during the presentation of certificates for photographs. Please respect the dignity of the ceremony.