COMMENCEMENT 2014 FACT SHEET
Date, Location, and Time
This year’s ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., in the Bonne Santé Wellness Center, located on our main campus at 201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 A.M. All guests must be seated before doors close at 9:45 A.M., as they will not be opened while the academic procession is in progress.
Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., in the Bonne Santé Wellness Center. Rehearsal should last an hour. All graduates must attend rehearsal. Honor cords, guest tickets (5), photography information, and other pertinent information will be distributed on this day. Regalia is not required for rehearsal.
All graduates will wear regalia. We suggest that you wear an appropriate seasonal outfit, keeping in mind the weather on the day and that the gowns can be quite warm. Suitable attire includes:
*It is suggested that ladies bring safety pins to secure the detachable collar and bobby pins to secure your cap.
Attire that is not suitable: jeans, tennis shoes, work boots, flip flops, shorts.
The appropriate cap for graduates is the familiar black “mortarboard.” The mortarboard is worn straight on the head with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead. The tassel should hang to the left of the face.
Arrival/Assembly for Academic Procession
Graduates must arrive in cap and gown promptly at 8:00 A.M. on Friday, May 23, 2014. Family and friends will not be permitted to enter the assembly area. Staff members will be available to help direct graduates to the appropriate line-up areas as well as to direct family and friends to seating areas. NO BALLOONS, POSTERS, AIR HORNS OR OTHER PARTY MATERIAL WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE ARENA. You will not be permitted to bring cell phones or purses into the arena. It is suggested that you leave these items in your locked vehicle or with someone in the audience.
Diploma covers (not diplomas) will be issued to each candidate as he or she walks across the stage at the commencement ceremony. Upon verification of degree requirements, diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on file. Diplomas will be mailed on June 6, 2014 to the address on file. Please verify and update your address if necessary in LoLA by May 1, 2014.
Honor designations are determined by the cumulative grade point average of all work completed as of Fall 2013. Honor cords will be distributed at Commencement Rehearsal. Honors are recognized as follows:
**Reminder: Developmental courses and English as a Second Language are not included in the calculation of grade point averages.
Candid Campus Photography has been engaged to take your picture with the Chancellor as you cross the stage. You may order pictures directly from the photographer. Specific details will be provided directly from Candid Campus Photography.
Arrangements for Hearing Impaired/Graduates and/or Guests with Disabilities
BRCC will provide interpreter service for the ceremony. To assist us in providing arrangements for graduates or guests of graduates with special needs, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Wendy Devall at 225.216.8503 by Monday, May 5, 2014.