Approaching midterms, Commencement is only three short months away. Dean Agnes Caldwell, Vice President for Academic Affairs, discusses important information graduating seniors should know before May 4th comes around.
The day before graduation on Friday, May 3rd there will be a ceremony practice held in the Weaner Center. Dean Caldwell explained this day saying, “Students will practice going through the ceremony, so they feel comfortable with the order of events, seating, and where things are.”
Following the practice will be the Senior Bash. “The Senior Bash is meant to celebrate the students and their time here at Defiance College,” said Dean Caldwell.
Michele Tinker, Interim Director of Development, explained the Senior Bash saying, “At this event, we’ll have finger foods, photo ops, beverages (adult and soft drinks), music, and the graduates will receive a commemorative gift.” This is a way to relax and celebrate with other students and professors before the student’s final departure from Defiance College.
Saturday, May 4th at 11 am Commencement will begin in the Weaner Center on Defiance College’s Campus with around 100 students graduating.
The day of Commencement, students need to be dressed in their caps and gowns before the start of the ceremony at 11 am. Students will be able to pick up their cap and gown from the registrar’s office in late April.
Before Commencement officially begins, the Baccalaureate will be held. During that time the Invocation, Responsive Reading and Meditation are performed, assisted by Rev. Jim Brehler.
During Commencement, one of the honorary speakers this year will be Dr. Terry Boyd, a Defiance College alum. Dean Caldwell stated, “because of his hard work he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2017.”
After the ceremony, there will be a reception held at 1:30 pm with refreshments available.
Family and friends are encouraged to join in the Commencement celebrations. Tickets for this event are free, and seats are first come, first serve.
Written by Kenzie Hall