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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
FALL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS – December 12 & 13, 2014

December 12, 2014 7:30 p.m. December 13, 2014 9:00 a.m.
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DOCTORAL/LAW STUDENTS: REPORT TO MEETING ROOM A

  1. CEREMONY ETIQUETTE
  2. The Commencement Ceremony is a most dignified ceremony. Decorum and courtesy are very important.
    1. You will not be allowed to walk around once you have entered the arena and have found your seat.
    2. Food and beverages are not permitted in the arena during the Ceremony.
    3. Improper attire, signs and insignia will be removed by marshals. ANY DAMAGE TO MORTARBOARDS WILL RESULT IN A $45 FEE FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE CAPS. STUDENTS DISRUPTING THE CEREMONY WILL BE REMOVED BY SECURITY PERSONNEL.
    4. The Ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours.
    5. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE UNTIL THE ENTIRE CEREMONY IS OVER. If you need to use the restroom, you must leave your cap on your chair before you will be permitted to leave the arena.
    6. DOORS FOR STUDENT ENTRY WILL BE LOCKED FIFTEEN MINUTES PRIOR TO CEREMONY START TIME.
  3. BEFORE THE CEREMONY
    1. BACHELORS, MASTERS, SPECIALISTS CANDIDATES
      1. Enter the Exhibit Hall from the main entrance on the Plaza:
        1. Find the sign identifying your school or college.
        2. Pick up your blue card. Your "blue card" is the key to the Commencement Ceremony. It serves the following purposes:
          1. Assigns your seat;
          2. Provides your name to announcer for individual recognition on stage;
          3. Gives your name and home address to photographer so you receive proofs of your photos.
      2. Leave the Exhibit Hall and enter the Main Arena floor through the elephant doors.
        1. Using the floor plan of the Arena (click here), find the approximate location of your school or college.
        2. Find your assigned seat using the chalk marks on the floor; sit down.
    2. MASTER AND SPECIALIST CANDIDATES -- SPECIAL INFORMATION
      1. Find the sign saying Masters/Specialists, pick up your blue card. Do not go to your school/college table. All candidates for master & specialist degrees from all schools and colleges will sit together as a group in designated "master’s" section.
      2. Candidates should be wearing hoods before the Ceremony begins. Master's marshals will help with hoods, if necessary.
    3. DOCTORAL/LAW CANDIDATES -- SPECIAL INFORMATION
      1. Be sure to make all necessary arrangements for your major professor (or proxy) to hood you at the Ceremony.
      2. Report to "Meeting Room A" at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening or 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Meeting Room A is located on the lower level of the Civic Center near the escalators. DO NOT GO TO MAIN ARENA.
      3. Find a doctoral marshal in that area and pick up your "blue card".
      4. Marshals will supervise formation of academic procession according to assigned seating on blue cards.
      5. Major professors will be placed behind the candidates they are hooding.
    Details of Ceremony Procedure: Doctoral marshals will lead rows of major professors and candidates to platform. As candidate's name is announced he/she will walk onto stage and stand directly in front of major professor, hand hood to professor, turn to face audience, and bend her/his knees, keeping the back vertical. After hooding, major professors will proceed to opposite side of stage, walking behind the podium, while candidate shakes hands with the Dean of Graduate Studies and the President.
  4. ATTIRE AND REGALIA
    FULL ACADEMIC REGALIA IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY.
    • Bachelor's Candidates: Wear tassel on right side of cap until degrees are conferred. Move tassel to left after President confers degree.
    • Master's Candidates: Gowns fasten at the neck, and hoods drape down the back. Wear your tassel on the left.
    • Doctoral/Law Candidates: Students should carry hoods, UNBUTTONED, on your left arm. Tassels on left of caps, as bachelor's degrees have already been awarded.
  5. GUESTS
    1. All Civic Center entrances open at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
    2. Enter ONLY on Concourse Level of Civic Center.
    3. No guests are permitted on Arena floor at any time.
    4. Seating for the disabled is available on Concourse Level; approach the Civic Center on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Street. Parking is available at that entrance.
    5. GUESTS SHOULD NOT LEAVE UNTIL THE ENTIRE CEREMONY IS COMPLETED.
      Leaving causes disruption and noise which disturbs those families whose graduate has not yet been recognized.
    6. Please arrange to meet your families at designated areas outside the civic center (i.e., flagpoles, plaza, gates) not in the arena.
  6. PARKING
    1. The Civic Center lot and the state parking garages on Madison, Pensacola and Duval streets are available for parking. The Civic Center charges a nominal fee of $8.00 per car for parking at these lots.
    2. Free parking available: Parking Garage 5, Diffenbaugh, Law School, Brinkley, and Mecca parking lots.
    3. Parking for the disabled is located on northwest side of Civic Center (M.L. King Blvd.), the Pensacola Street side and the main Civic Center parking lot. Guests without parking stickers can be be dropped off at the Pensacola Street entrance only at the main ticket offices.
    4. ILLEGALLY PARKED CARS WILL BE TOWED BY CITY POLICE.
  7. CAP AND GOWN RETURN
    The FSU Bookstore will be set up outside on the North Drive by the main ticket office for a short period of time for cap and gown turn-in. All caps and gowns must be returned before your diploma will be mailed out.

DISABLED STUDENTS AND GUESTS INFORMATION

Parking is available on the Martin Luther King Boulevard and the Pensacola Street sides of the Civic Center and in the main parking lot.

There are bays at each entrance into the arena on the concourse level of the Civic Center. These will be held for the disabled and their families. We do not reserve these areas for guests; they are available on a first come-first served basis. We ask that the families sit in front of or to the sides of the bays if there are a large number of disabled guests attending the ceremony.

Guests with disabilities who require assistance (i.e., hearing devices, etc.) to attend the ceremony are requested to notify Ms. Dianne Skinner in the Office of the Registrar, 644-7128, at least 5 days in advance, so that their needs can be accommodated. An interpreter will be at both ceremonies.

STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH A DEGREE OF DISTINCTION

Congratulations on graduating from Florida State University with a “degree of distinction”. The University is providing honor cords for all students graduating with a 3.5 (or higher) grade point average earned on all college work attempted including transfer work.

Three degrees of distinction are granted to graduating students, based on all college-level work attempted (excluding physical education activity and vocational courses) and including the term’s work in which baccalaureate degree requirements are completed:

Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.500;

Magna Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.700; and

Summa Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.900.

Degrees with distinction are granted to transfer students who meet all three of the following requirements:

  1. The student must have the required minimum gpa for each designation on at least forty (40) semester hours of graded work, including the final term’s work;
  2. The student must have the required average on all work taken at this University; and
  3. The student must have the required overall average on all work attempted, including any transfer credit excluding any physical education activity courses or vocational courses, regardless of how many years have elapsed since the credit was earned. Transfer credit cannot raise a student’s Florida State University grade point average.

Please look for the “Honor Cords” table when you pick up your blue card in the Exhibit Hall at the Civic Center prior to the ceremonies. If you have questions concerning your honor’s status, please call Dianne Skinner at 644-7128.