Commencement


FALL 2018 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

 

Friday, December 14, 2018

5:00 p.m. College of Education and College of Technology

8:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business

 

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building
1701 S. Homer St.
Pittsburg, KS 66762

 

All ceremonies will be streamed live online at pittstate.tv. 

Download commencement booklet

Dear Graduate,

Congratulations on this major achievement in your life!

The commencement ceremony is a recognition of all the time, effort and talent you invested in earning your degree. It is also a tribute to the faculty and staff who taught and mentored you during your time at Pittsburg State University. Finally, it is a celebration of the support and encouragement you have received from family and friends throughout your journey.

Your degree signifies not only what you have learned, but also the many ways that you have grown and changed through your Pittsburg State experience. We have enjoyed being part of that growth and change and we are confident about your ability to make your own mark in the world.

On behalf of all the faculty and staff at Pittsburg State University, I wish you all the best as you begin a career or continue your studies. And remember, your relationship with Pittsburg State University does not end with a handshake at commencement. "Once a Gorilla, always a Gorilla" is a philosophy shared by more than 63,000 PSU alumni around the world. We welcome you into this growing family.

Best wishes!

Steven A. Scott
President

 

Commencement is a special celebration, with tradition and symbolism to commemorate your academic accomplishments at Pittsburg State University. The following websites have been created to assist in your preparation and participation in the Fall 2018 Commencement. Please contact us at registrar@pittstate.edu if you have any additional questions.

Commencement Links


  • Helpful Hints to Prepare for Graduation
  • Maps, Directions and Parking
  • Your Graduation Day - Agenda
  • Family and Guest Activities

Helpful Hints to Prepare for Graduation


GRAD FINALE

The Fall 2018 GRAD FINALE will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the basement of the Wilkinson Alumni Center. This is your opportunity to pick up your cap and gown and take care of many of your graduation tasks all at one time. Information concerning Financial Assistance Exit Interviews, graduation fee payment, ordering graduation announcements and more will be available! Participation in this event usually takes less than an hour. You may call the Degree Checking Office, 620-235-4211, if you have any questions.

GRADUATION FEE

Payment of the Graduation Fee is required for anyone receiving a degree in December 2018. The fee is $55 for Undergraduate degrees and $65 for Graduate degrees. This mandatory fee does not include any additional overseas mailing costs for mailing your diploma. An Undergraduate student, who has been approved to apply for graduation, may do so online—near the bottom of the GUS audit—by accessing the ‘Apply For Graduation’ box and following the directions for completing this application.  If you cannot access this feature on your GUS Audit, please go to the Degree Checking Office, 102 Russ Hall, to obtain a Fee Card. A Graduate student obtains a fee statement when petitioning for candidacy. Contact the Graduate and Continuing Studies Office [112 Russ Hall, 620-235-4218] if you have any questions concerning the Candidacy procedures. Note: Friday, November 2nd is the last day to apply for graduation and pay the Graduation Fee for the Fall 2018 Commencement.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTION (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate students who are graduating with the University Scholastic Honors Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude are designated by ribbons and medallions worn around the neck. University Scholastic Honors, will be listed in the Commencement Program based on course work completed prior to the graduates final semester. Undergraduate students who graduate with these distinctions will be notified in the near future.

Undergraduate students who have participated in the Academic Honors Program and who are graduating with Academic Honors are designated by gold cording worn around the neck. Students will be notified where to obtain their cording in the near future.

NAME CARDS

All students will pick up their name card in the East concession area in the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. See commencement map. If your name is difficult to pronounce correctly, please assist those who will be announcing your name by writing in the phonetic spelling on the name card.   All students will assemble in the Plaster Center to the East of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building.

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL

No rehearsal will be held. See Your Graduation Day - Agenda to learn more about where to meet, how to line up and the processional. There will be a Marshall to assist you with the process during commencement.

DIPLOMAS

Your diploma will be mailed to you within a month of your graduation term provided all graduation requirements have been met. If you are an undergraduate student you may notify our Degree Checking Office if you would prefer to pick up your diploma from them. Please contact them via phone at 620-235-4211, email adavidson@pittstate.edu or visit the office at 102 Russ Hall.  Graduate students may notify Graduate and Continuing Studies Office if you would prefer to pick up your diploma. If you attend commencement, you will be given an empty cover. If you do not attend commencement, your diploma and cover will be provided at a later time.

HOODING (Graduate students)

All graduate students should have received a hood with your cap and gown.

Masters students, you will carry this hood over your right arm and be hooded by the Dean of the Graduate School as you cross the stage.

Ed.S and Doctoral students, you will carry this hood over your right arm and be hooded by your academic advisor as you cross the stage. Be sure to write the name of your advisor on your name card when you arrive for your ceremony so that their name can be announced with yours as you are hooded.

Please review these instructions for more information: Graduate Student Hooding Instructions for Commencement

LIVE STREAM BROADCAST

PSU will webcast the Fall 2018 commencement via live stream at pittstate.tv.  The webcast will start shortly before the ceremony on December 14th.  An archived copy of the ceremony will be available online at pittstate.tv - simply select the video on demand option. A sign language interpreter will be part of the broadcast. Questions should be directed to University Marketing and Communication at 620-235-4122 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PROCESSIONAL

Please be wearing your regalia and pick up your name card at the East concession area and gather with your fellow graduates in the Plaster Center at least 20 minutes prior to your ceremony. See commencement map. Processional begins promptly 5 minutes prior to beginning of ceremony. Faculty Marshals will escort students and will lead degree candidates to their seats. If you wish to sit with another graduating student, be sure to walk behind or in front of that student. Childcare is not provided and children are not permitted to cross the stage with the graduate.

PROGRAMS

There will be a program in your seat once you are in the auditorium. Remember to leave the program in your seat as you proceed to the stage so you will have a free hand to accept your diploma cover and shake hands.

REGALIA

Candidates who have not already obtained caps and gowns should contact the University Bookstore (Student Center) immediately or call 620-235-4875. All persons who receive degrees will wear caps and gowns for the ceremony.

The cap should be worn with (1) the deep part at the back of the head, (2) the hair completely concealed in front, (3) the top level, (4) the tassel over the right temple. Corsages and/or jewelry should not be worn on the gowns and no handbags carried. All candidates should wear dark shoes. Ladies wear dark slacks or dresses and men wear dress shirts with ties and dark slacks.

SAFETY

Your safety is of our utmost importance. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the building and the exits. Should an emergency arise, please listen for announcements to safely direct your actions. Severe Weather Emergency Plan

An ambulance will be parked at the southwest doors of the Weede Gymnasium during Commencement ceremonies. Should an emergency arise, refer any person needing medical assistance to the personnel stationed with the ambulance by calling 911. Address of the Weede Gymnasium is 1701 S. Homer Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

 

Maps, Directions and Parking

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building
1701 S. Homer Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Map of Garfield Weede Physical Education Building and processional commencement map

Map of Campus  http://www.pittstate.edu/about/maps/campus-map.dot

Map of Commencement Parking


If your family is coming from the south into Pittsburg on 69 Hwy, turn east on Centennial and then north on Broadway. Proceed on Broadway until you get to Ford Street, turn east. Continue on Ford Street and then north on Homer Street. Garfield W. Weede is located on the east side of the street.

If your family is coming from the north into Pittsburg on 69 Hwy, travel Broadway until you get to Quincy Street or take 69 Bypass to the Quincy exit. (Hwy 69 turns into Broadway when coming from the north. You will travel on Broadway for quite a long time before you see Quincy Street). Turn east on Quincy Street and continue to Homer Street. Turn south on Homer Street. Garfield W. Weede is on the east side of the street in the 1700 block.

On-campus parking is available West and South of the Weede Physical Education Building. No parking permit is needed during the time of the commencement.  Parking is also available at the College of Technology and you may use the hike/bike trail to get to John Lance Arena within the Weede. Parking on the north lot of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, the north lot of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the parking lot west of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building (first row on the east and south) is reserved for handicap. Those with mobility concerns may be dropped off on Homer Street (northbound traffic lane) at the entrance to the Weede.

 

Your Graduation Day - Agenda

Friday, December 14, 2018 5:00 p.m.

College of Education and College of Technology

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building

Graduates Obtain Name Cards -
East Concession Area and Proceed to the Plaster Center

4:45 pm

Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building

Organize Processional with Assistance of Faculty Marshal

4:55 pm

Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building

Processional Beings - led by Faculty Marshal

 

Friday, December 14, 2018 8:00 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business

Due to the earlier ceremony, guest seating will begin approximately 40 minutes prior to the ceremony.

7:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building

Graduates Obtain Name Cards -
East Concession Area and Proceed to the Plaster Center

7:45 pm

Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building

Organize Processional with Assistance of Faculty Marshal

7:55 pm

Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building

Processional Beings - led by Faculty Marshal

BEFORE AND AFTER

REGALIA

All persons who wish to participate in the ceremony are required to wear academic regalia. Candidates who have not already obtained caps and gowns should contact the University Bookstore (Student Center) or call 620-235-4875 immediately.

HANDICAPPED ACCOMMODATION

Handicapped parking permits may be obtained prior to December 14th from the Registrar's Office, Room 103, Russ Hall. Graduating students in wheelchairs or who need special accommodation at Commencement should contact the Registrar at 620-235-4206. There is designated seating in the arena for our guests who need accommodations. Persons requiring this seating should arrive early and seek assistance from the ushers, if needed. Doors are open for seating approximately 40 minutes prior to ceremony. Those with mobility concerns may be dropped off on Homer Street (northbound traffic lane) at the entrance to the Weede. Handicapped parking will be available on the north lot of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, the north lot of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the parking lot west of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building (first row on the east and south). See commencement parking map.

PHOTOS AT COMMENCEMENT

A professional photographer will photograph each graduate three times, including on stage at the moment the President shakes the student's hand. Full color proofs will be provided directly to the graduate by e-mail. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. There is no obligation to purchase a photograph. The photographer's contact information: GradImages, 3490 Martin Hurst Rd., Tallahassee, FL, 32312, phone 800-261-2576,www.gradimages.com.

You and your family may preregister an email address and mailing address with GradImages and they will contact you or your family just as soon as your photos are available for online viewing and ordering. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in your accomplishment. Click on the link to preregister http://www.gradimages.com/index.cfm?action=main.preregistration.

LIVE STREAM BROADCAST

PSU will webcast the Fall 2018 commencement via live stream at Pittstate.tv.  The webcast will start shortly before the ceremony on December 14th. An archived copy of the ceremony will be available online at Pittstate.tv - simply select the video on demand option. A sign language interpreter will be part of the broadcast. Questions should be directed to University Marketing and Communication at 620-235-4122 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DVD's and BLURAY DISCS OF COMMENCEMENT

A recording of the Commencement ceremony will be available from the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, 332 Hartman Hall 620-235-4840, at a charge of $25.00 plus tax per DVD and BluRay Discs.

PROCESSIONAL

Please be wearing your regalia and pick up your name card at the East concession area and gather with your fellow graduates in the Plaster Center at least 20 minutes prior to your ceremony. See commencement map. Processional begins promptly 5 minutes prior to beginning of ceremony. Faculty Marshals will escort students and will lead degree candidates to their seats. If you wish to sit with another graduating student, be sure to walk behind or in front of that student. Childcare is not provided and children are not permitted to cross the stage with the graduate.

Conclusion of the Ceremony

Graduates will return to their seats after walking across the stage to receive their degrees. Please remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony so that every graduate may be appropriately recognized on this special occasion.

Personal Belongings

Please do not leave personal belongings in the assembly room.  Cell phones should be turned off during the ceremony. A lost and found will be located by the name card table during the ceremonies. After the ceremonies have concluded for the evening, the lost and found items will be located at University Police and Parking Services, in the basement of Shirk Hall.

We have no limit on the number of guests a student may invite to attend their graduation ceremony. Adequate seating will be available. No tickets are needed for your guests. Childcare is not provided and children are not permitted to cross the stage with the graduate.

You and your family and friends are invited to join in your commencement celebration by personally ringing the Centennial Bell located at the southwest corner of Axe Library. The Centennial Bell will be available for ringing from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday, December 14th.

  • Accommodations for Special Needs
  • Area Lodging and Restaurants
  • Beyond Graduation
  • Future Commencement Dates

HANDICAPPED ACCOMMODATION

Handicapped parking permits can be obtained from Jeanine Van Becelaere, Registrar's Secretary, Room 103, Russ Hall, prior to December 14th.  Handicapped parking will be available on the north lot of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, the north lot of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the parking lot west of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building (first row on the east and south). See commencement parking map. Graduating students in wheelchairs or who need special accommodation at Commencement should contact the Registrar at 620-235-4206.  There is designated seating in the arena for our guests who need accommodations. Persons requiring accommodations should arrive early and seek assistance from the ushers found inside the arena, if needed. Doors are open for seating approximately 40 minutes prior to ceremony.Those with mobility concerns may be dropped off on Homer Street (northbound traffic lane) at the entrance to the Weede.


Safety Preparedness for Commencement Exercises

In accordance with the Kansas State Fire Marshall regulations, we request that you take a moment to identify two emergency exits closest to you as you arrive at the Weede Physical Education building.  In case of emergency, pay close attention to the announcer for important safety information. Severe Weather Emergency Plan.

An ambulance will be parked at the southwest doors of the Weede Gymnasium during Commencement ceremonies. Should an emergency arise, refer any person needing medical assistance to the personnel stationed with the ambulance by calling 911.

Looking for a motel or restaurant in the area?  Our Visitors Bureau provides the following web links for your convenience.

LODGING

http://www.visitcrawfordcounty.com

DINING

http://www.visitcrawfordcounty.com

You may contact the Crawford County Visitors Bureau with any additional questions at:

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 1115 • 117 West 4th Street
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762

(620) 231-1212 • (800) 879-1112 • Fax: (620) 231-3178
cvb@pittsburgkschamber.com • visitcrawfordcounty.com

CAREER ASSISTANCE 

The Office of Career Services offers assistance to alumni who are job seeking. Whether you are updating your resume, preparing for interviews or searching for job opportunities, the career services staff are here for you. The Career Resource Center is located in 202 Horace Mann and is open 8:00 am - 4:30 pm on Monday through Friday. All our services are available to alumni FREE of charge, with the exception of a $50 fee if you choose to utilize the PSU Career Services Online database.

DIPLOMAS

Please retain the diploma cover you are presented at commencement.  Your diploma will be mailed to you without a cover in January after verification that you have met all requirements for your degree.    If you did not walk at commencement, a cover will be mailed along with your diploma once the same verification process has transpired.

GORILLA DIPLOMA MATS

The Senior Gift Council has for sale a customized mat designed for framing diplomas, using the Pittsburg State University gorilla logo.  It is available unframed or framed.  Proceeds from the sales benefit the Senior Gift Program.  Make the gorilla diploma mat a part of your graduation celebration and proudly display your diploma.  Contact the Office of Development at 620-235-4768 or toll free at 888-448-2778 to place your order.

NETWORKING

The Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations is the place to keep in touch with PSU and get involved after you graduate.  All alumni and friends of PSU are invited to be active participants in all our programming and services. We offer programs such as alumni and service awards, travel, the online community and directory, the Gorilla License Plate program, PSU Visa Card, reunions, homecoming activities, events across the nations, and much more. 

Stay connected with PSU by joining us for a Gorilla Gathering alumni event in your area when you get an invitation, find your classmates by using The Jungle online directory, or make sure to call us to keep us updated on your contact information.  For more information about any of our programming, please call 877-PSU-ALUM or 620-235-4758, email alumni@pittstate.edu or visit our website at www.pittstate.edu/alumni.        

STAYING IN TOUCH

It is important that we maintain a current address for you.  Please remember to update your address and other contact information in GUS as you fulfill your destiny. 

TRANSCRIPTS

As you pursue your career opportunities, we will assist you with providing official Pittsburg State transcripts.  Please see our transcript request web page for more details.
http://www.pittstate.edu/office/registrar/transcripts.dot

 

Spring 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019
5:30 p.m. Kelce College of Business and Irene Ransom Bradly School of Nursing
8:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:30 a.m. College of Education
12:00 p.m. College of Technology

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762

Fall 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business
8:00 p.m. College of Education and College of Technology

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762

Spring 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020
5:30 p.m. College of Education
8:00 p.m. College of Technology

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:30 a.m. College of Arts and Sciences
12:00 p.m. Kelce College of Business and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762

Fall 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020
5:00 p.m. College of Education and College of Technology
8:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762

Spring 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021
5:30 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences
8:00 p.m. Kelce College of Business and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:30 a.m. College of Technology
12:00 p.m. College of Education

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762

Fall 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021
5:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business
8:00 p.m. College of Education and College of Technology

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762

Spring 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022
5:30 p.m. College of Technology
8:00 p.m. College of Education

Saturday, May 14, 2022
9:30 a.m. Kelce College of Business and Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
12:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer St., Pittsburg, KS 66762