Commencement


Students, please register and reserve guest tickets for the Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies. Registration is required for all graduates planning to attend Commencement. Tickets are required for all guests who will be walking in the Processional with the graduate. (No more than six guests will be allowed in the Processional. Additional guests can attend and will be seated in the Arena.) Registration must be submitted by December 8th. If requesting to be mailed, reservation must be completed by December 1st. Pick up is available from the Registrar's Office until noon on December 10th.

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Important Updates Regarding Commencement

Commencement ceremonies are approaching quickly! We are pleased that we are able to celebrate this important accomplishment with you. Commencement has been designed to celebrate your accomplishments with your closest family and friends. Up to six guests can be included to walk with the graduate in the Processional to the arena. These guests get first-row access as their graduate crosses the stage! Additional guests not participating in the Processional are welcome and will be comfortably seated in the Arena to observe Commencement.

  • All guests are welcome; however, no more than six guests will be allowed to walk with the graduate in the Processional. (Children and infants will be included in the Processional guest count.) The six guests included in the Processional will require tickets. Non-ticketed guests will be seated and observe the ceremony in the Arena. All ceremonies will be livestreamed at pittstate.tv to accommodate additional family and friends not able to attend in person.
  • Masks are welcome on campus, but at this time, are optional. That said, the COVID-19 virus is unpredictable and the situation could change at any time. Please watch your GUS Email for updates on Commencement if changes become necessary.
  • The graduates and their guests joining the Processional will be in constant movement. From the beginning of the Processional to the student crossing the stage, there is a significant amount of standing/walking. No seating is available to guests in the Processional. It is recommended that guests with mobility concerns observe the ceremony seated comfortably in the Arena. Carefully consider your guests to include in the Processional.

Graduates and ALL guests must check-in together at the Plaster Center no more than 15 minutes prior to their ceremony. There will be two entry lines into the Plaster Center for graduates and their ticketed guests. Look for the "Enter Here" signs. Non-Ticketed guests will have a separate entrance identified near the ticketed entrances.

Students must bring their name cards to check-in. You will provide your name card to the announcer just prior to crossing the stage. Only the graduate will be permitted to cross the stage. Properly-worn Regalia is required to participate in Commencement. Graduates should be wearing their regalia when they check-in. (GRADUATE DEGREE CANDIDATES ONLY: Graduates will be hooded during the ceremony. You should receive your hood with your cap and gown. You will carry the hood over your right arm and be hooded as you cross the stage.)

Please contact the Registrar's Office at 620-235-4200 if you have questions.

COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

 

Commencement for Fall 2021 graduates will be held Friday, December 10th.

Ceremony times are as follows:

3:30 p.m. College of Technology candidates

5:00 p.m. Kelce College of Business candidates

6:30 p.m. College of Arts & Sciences candidates

8:00 p.m. College of Education candidates

Each ceremony includes both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates.

 

All graduates and guests will check-in at the Robert W. Plaster Center. Graduates and ticketed guests will start in the Robert W. Plaster Center and then proceed to John Lance Arena. Non-ticketed guests will be directed to the Arena upon check-in. 

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

Commencement Links


  • Helpful Hints to Prepare for Graduation - Fall 2021 Graduates
  • Maps, Directions and Parking
  • Your Graduation Day - Agenda
  • Family and Guest Activities

GRAD FINALE

Take care of all of your final graduation needs online. Please visit our Grad Finale page for instructions and additional details.


GRADUATION FEE

Payment of the Graduation Fee is required for anyone receiving a degree. 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 degree audit. If you cannot access this feature on your GUS degree 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 Office [103 Russ Hall, 620-235-4218] if you have any questions concerning the Candidacy procedures.

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 graduate's final semester.

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.

Fall 2021 graduates who qualify will be notified where to obtain their cording in the near future.

 

NAME CARDS

Graduates are required to register for Commencement to receive their name card and guest tickets in advance. Graduates will be expected to have their name cards with them before they arrive at check-in. Registration and ticket requests must be submitted by Wednesday, December 8th.

Using the request form, you can:

1. Request to pick up your name card and guest tickets from the Registrar's Office beginning on Monday, November 8th (103 Russ Hall, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm), or

2. Request to have your name card and guest tickets mailed. The mail option is available for orders placed through December 1st. After this date, the name card and guest tickets can only be picked up.

Please note: All guests participating in the Processional, including children, will be required to have a ticket. No more than 6 guests can be included in the Processional with the graduate. Additional non-ticketed guests may observe Commencement seated in the Arena. All guests must check-in with the graduate 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Graduates will be expected to have their name card with them and guests participating in the Processional must have their tickets at the time of check-in. This will help us ensure a quick check-in process.

Check-in will open 15 minutes prior to each ceremony. Graduates and their guests must check-in together. Please enter the Robert W. Plaster Center from the southeast side (breezeway facing Plaster Center parking lot) and follow appropriate signage.

 

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL

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

 

DIPLOMAS

Your diploma along, with two copies of the Commencement Program, will be mailed to you within a month of your graduation term, provided all graduation requirements have been met. If you attend commencement, you will be given an empty cover. If you do not attend commencement, your cover will be provided with your diploma and Commencement Programs.

 

HOODING (Graduate students only)

All graduate students should have received a hood with your cap and gown. You will carry the hood over your right arm and be hooded as you cross the stage.

 

LIVE STREAM BROADCAST

PSU will webcast the Friday, December 10th commencement ceremonies via live stream at pittstate.tv.  The webcast will start shortly before each ceremony.  An archived copy of the ceremony will be available online at pittstate.tv - simply select the video on demand option. 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 properly wearing your regalia when you arrive. Processional begins promptly at the scheduled time of each ceremony. Faculty Marshals will escort students and ticketed guests to the Arena. Ticketed guests will proceed to the stage with their graduate. Before the graduate crosses the stage, ticketed guests will be escorted to a viewing area. Upon leaving the stage, the graduate will rejoin their guests. Seating will be available in the Arena for non-ticketed guests. Childcare is not provided and children are not permitted to cross the stage with the graduate.

 

PROGRAMS

Two programs will be mailed with your diploma approximately one month after graduation.

 

REGALIA

Students can begin picking up regalia in the bookstore on November 1, 2021 during regular business hours. You must pay the graduation fee online or at the Cashier's Office before you go to the bookstore.

Students wishing to have regalia shipped can call the bookstore at 620-235-4875 to place an order. There is a fee for this service. Please do not call to place an order prior to November 1, 2021.

All persons who receive degrees must wear caps and gowns for the ceremony. Please be sure to have your gown zipped up.

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.

Upon arrival to the venue, 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.

Masks are welcome on campus, but at this time, are optional. That said, the COVID-19 virus is unpredictable and the situation could change at any time. Please watch your GUS Email for updates on Commencement if changes become necessary. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facilities.

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

Map of Campus

Map of Commencement Parking

If you and your family are 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. The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts parking lot is located on the east side of the street.

If you and your family are 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. The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts parking lot is located on the east side of the street.

On-campus parking is available north of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. No parking permit is needed. Parking is also available at the College of Technology and you may use the hike/bike trail to get to the Robert W. Plaster Center. Parking spots on the far north lot of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts are reserved for handicap parking.

Your Graduation Day - Agenda

Friday, December 10, 2021


3:30 p.m. College of Technology

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center

Graduate and ticketed guests check in together and proceed around Plaster Center track to designated area. Non-ticketed guests are directed to seating in the Arena

3:30 pm to 3:35 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center/John Lance Arena

Pre-recorded congratulatory message

3:35 pm to approximately 4:15 pm (depending on where graduate and guests are in line in the processional)

John Lance Arena

Processional to the Weede Building begins - Graduate and ticketed guests walk together to stage - Graduate's name is read and diploma is received - Graduate and ALL guests exit the Weede Building once last photograph is taken

 

5:00 p.m. Kelce College of Business

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center

Graduate and ticketed guests check in together and proceed around Plaster Center track to designated area. Non-ticketed guests are directed to seating in the Arena

5:00 pm to 5:05 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center/John Lance Arena

Pre-recorded congratulatory message

5:05 pm to approximately 5:45 pm (depending on where graduate and guests are in line in the processional)

John Lance Arena

Processional to the Weede Building begins - Graduate and ticketed guests walk together to stage - Graduate's name is read and diploma is received - Graduate and ALL guests exit the Weede Building once last photograph is taken

 

6:30 p.m. College of Arts & Sciences

6:15 pm to 6:30 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center

Graduate and ticketed guests check in together and proceed around Plaster Center track to designated area. Non-ticketed guests are directed to seating in the Arena

6:30 pm to 6:35 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center/John Lance Arena

Pre-recorded congratulatory message

6:35 pm to approximately 7:15 pm (depending on where graduate and guests are in line in the processional)

John Lance Arena

Processional to the Weede Building begins - Graduate and ticketed guests walk together to stage - Graduate's name is read and diploma is received - Graduate and ALL guests exit the Weede Building once last photograph is taken

 

8:00 p.m. College of Education

7:45 pm to 8:00 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center

Graduate and ticketed guests check in together and proceed around Plaster Center track to designated area. Non-ticketed guests are directed to seating in the Arena

8:00 pm to 8:05 pm

Robert W. Plaster Center/John Lance Arena

Pre-recorded congratulatory message

8:05 pm to approximately 8:45 pm (depending on where graduate and guests are in line in the processional)

John Lance Arena

Processional to the Weede Building begins - Graduate and ticketed guests walk together to stage - Graduate's name is read and diploma is received - Graduate and ALL guests exit the Weede Building once last photograph is taken

 

BEFORE AND AFTER

REGALIA

All persons who wish to participate in the ceremony are required to wear academic regalia. Candidates can begin picking up regalia in the bookstore on November 1, 2021.

HANDICAPPED ACCOMMODATION

Handicapped parking permits may be obtained prior to December 10th from the Registrar's Office, Room 103, Russ Hall. Graduating students in wheelchairs or who need special accommodation at Commencement should contact the Registrar's Office at 620-235-4206. Handicapped parking will be available on the far north lot of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Handicapped seating will be available in the Arena.

PHOTOS AT COMMENCEMENT

A professional photographer will photograph each graduate three times, including on stage. 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 commencement ceremonies via live stream at Pittstate.tv. The webcast will start shortly before the ceremonies on December 10th. An archived copy of the ceremonies will be available online at Pittstate.tv - simply select the video on demand option. 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 when you arrive. Processional begins promptly at the scheduled time of each ceremony. Faculty Marshals will escort students and ticketed guests to Arena. Ticketed guests will proceed to the stage with their graduate. Before the graduate crosses the stage, ticketed guests will be escorted to a viewing area. Upon leaving the stage, the graduate will rejoin their guests. Non-ticketed guests will be seated in the Arena for observing Commencement and will not participate in the Processional. Childcare is not provided and children are not permitted to cross the stage with the graduate.

CONCLUSION OF THE CEREMONY

Graduates and ALL guests will be directed to exit the Garfield W. Weede Building after the student crosses the stage.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Please leave personal items at home. Each ceremony will go quickly and there is no place to store personal items. Cell phones should be turned off during the program.

Each graduate will be issued up to six tickets for guests to participate in the Processional. Additional, non-ticketed guests are welcome and will be seated in the Arena for observing Commencement. No seating will be available for guests included in the processional. It is recommended that guests with mobility concerns observe the ceremony seated comfortably in the Arena. Carefully consider your guests to include in the Processional.

Graduates are required to register for their name card and order guest tickets, if needed, in advance. Graduates will be expected to have their name cards with them before they arrive at check-in. Registration and ticket requests must be submitted by Wednesday, December 8th.

Registration and ticket requests can be submitted at this time at:
https://pittsburgstate.formstack.com/forms/commencement

Using the request form, you can:

  1. Request to pick up your name card and guest tickets from the Registrar's Office (103 Russ Hall, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm) 24 hours after your order has been placed, or
  2. Request to have your name card and guest tickets mailed. The mail option is available for orders placed through December 1st. After this date, the name card and guest tickets can only be picked up.

Please note: All guests participating in the Processional, including children, will be required to have a ticket. No more than 6 guests can be included in the Processional with the graduate. Additional non-ticketed guests may observe Commencement seated in the Arena. All guests must check-in with the graduate 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Graduates will be expected to have their name card with them and guests participating in the Processional must have their tickets at the time of check-in. This will help us ensure a quick check-in process.

Check-in will open 15 minutes prior to each ceremony. Graduates and their guests must check-in together. Please enter the Robert W. Plaster Center from the southeast side (breezeway facing Plaster Center parking lot) and follow appropriate signage.

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

HANDICAPPED ACCOMMODATION

Handicapped parking permits may be obtained prior to December 10th from the Registrar's Office, Room 103, Russ Hall. Graduating students in wheelchairs or who need special accommodations at Commencement should contact the Registrar's Office at 620-235-4206. Handicapped parking will be available on the far north lot of the

Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Handicapped seating will be available in the Arena for observing Commencement.

Safety Preparedness for Commencement Exercises

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.

Masks are welcome on campus, but at this time, are optional. That said, the COVID-19 virus is unpredictable and the situation could change at any time. Please watch your GUS Email for updates on Commencement if changes become necessary. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facilities.

Looking for a hotel 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

Your diploma will be mailed to you without a cover approximately one month 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. Two commencement programs will also be mailed with your diploma. 

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 whenever there is a change. 

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 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022 and Saturday, May 14, 2022

Colleges and times to be determined.

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