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Flagler College Commencement

Commencement Rehearsal

Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m.  All prospective graduates are required to attend rehearsal.
Location: St. Augustine Amphitheater 

Department Receptions

Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: To be determined
Each Department will hold a special reception on campus for 2017 graduates on Friday, April 28th from 1-3pm. Say thank you and farewell to your favorite professors. We will let you know the specific locations at a later date.

Commencement Ceremony 

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time:    9:00 a.m. (graduates report to the Amphitheater by 8:15am)
Location:  St. Augustine Amphitheater

General Information

1. ATTENDANCE AT COMMENCEMENT:
All graduates are required to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, unless officially excused by Dr. Yvan Kelly, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

2. CAP & GOWN:
Your Intent to Graduate Form included a space for height and weight. We will use this information to order your regalia. If this was not available on your form, we will send you an email requesting your height and weight. A $100 graduation fee will be charged to your Flagler College Student Account and covers cap & gown, printing of your diploma and other graduation expenses.

3. ADMISSION TICKETS:
Each graduate will receive 6 admission tickets for family, relatives, and friends. No guest will be admitted without a ticket. Only those guests under the age of 2 years, who will be sitting on a lap, will be admitted without a ticket.  Graduates do not need a ticket.

An email will be sent to your Flagler College email address, from the Alumni Office to complete a survey – the title will be “Alumni Entrance Survey” (please check your “clutter/junk” e-mail as well). This survey needs to be completed before you can pick up your tickets and Cap/Gown from Academic Affairs in Jay’s Place in the Ringhaver Student Center during “Clearance Week” on the following dates and times:

Monday April 17 10am-2pm
Tuesday April 18 10am-2pm
Wednesday April 19 1pm-5pm
Thursday April 20 1pm-5pm
Friday April 21 10am-2pm

Sign language interpreters and handicapped seating will be available.  Please indicate the need for these when picking up your tickets.

LOTTERY for extra graduation tickets

We will have a limited amount of extra tickets for the Commencement ceremony. To be fair to all graduates, we will hold a lottery to distribute those tickets to students who request extras.

Please send an email FROM YOUR FLAGLER COLLEGE ACCOUNT to Ms. Donna Washburn at dwashburn@flagler.edu with your requested amount of tickets by 5:00pm Friday, March 3, 2017.

Those emails will be placed into a lottery and Dean Kelly will randomly choose names until the extra tickets are gone. We will notify you on Monday, March 6th.

Lottery tickets are not intended for re-sale. Please, only request to be included in the lottery if you really need them.

4. REHEARSAL: 
It is mandatory that all prospective graduates attend rehearsal.  Rehearsal will take place Friday, April 28th at 10:00a.m. at the Amphitheater. The alphabetical line-up is critical to the ceremony, as are specific seating assignments.  Dean Yvan Kelly will coordinate the rehearsal, and any questions concerning the ceremony may be directed to him. Dress for rehearsal is casual and usually takes about 1 hour. Please consider car-pooling from Flagler to the Amphitheater.

5. HONOR GRADUATES: 
Students graduating with honors will wear an Honor Cord.  If you are graduating with honors, your Honor Cord will be presented to you on the morning of commencement (senior grades are due Friday, April 28th at 10am). According to the level of academic achievement, the degree may be awarded summa cum laud (3.9 – 4.0), magna cum laude (3.7 – 3.89), or cum laude (3.5 – 3.69).  To qualify for graduation with honors, a student must complete at least 56 credit hours of graded academic work at Flagler College.  Pass/fail courses are not applicable.  All courses for which no quality points are assigned are included in this pass/fail category, (for example:  internships, field experiences, and practicum).  Only courses taken at Flagler College are computed in determining honors.  The grade point average will be rounded to the hundredth decimal place.

6. COMMENCEMENT DRESS:
Please dress appropriately for this special occasion. No sneakers, jeans, flip-flops, or bare feet. If a student has any questions, please contact Dean Kelly at 819-6392.

7. GUEST SEATING:
There are no reserved seats in the Amphitheater except for graduates, faculty, administration, official College guests and mobility or hearing impaired guests. The Amphitheater will be opened at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, and seating is on a first-come basis.

8. ACCESSIBLE SEATING:
If a student has guests in need of special accommodations, he/she must advise the Office of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs when obtaining tickets.  An interpreter will be available for hearing impaired persons, and special seating is provided for those requiring interpreter services. Special seating arrangements are also available for those who require the use of wheelchairs or who cannot otherwise navigate the stairs.

9. PARKING:
Parking for graduation is available at the Amphitheater. We anticipate that overflow spaces will be reserved for Flagler College graduate guests. Free parking and shuttle service will be available at the following locations:

R.B.Hunt Elementary School – with shuttle bus service to the Amphitheater
Elks Lodge – walking distance to the Amphitheater
Anastasia Baptist Church – with Trolley service to the Amphitheater

Trolley and Shuttle service from 7:30am – 9:00am
Return Trolley and shuttle service from 10:30am – noon

There will be police cars at the entrance of the Amphitheatre directing traffic, please advise your guests that the flashing lights do not indicate a car accident – just police directing traffic.

10. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Graduates may contact the following companies for graduation announcements:

Jostens at www.jostens.com or 1-800-488-2173
Signature A: www.signaturea.com