Commencement Test

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It has been a busy and exciting academic year at Cottey, and preparations are underway for Commencement weekend, May 12-14.

Many of the Commencement activities are long-standing traditions at Cottey, and all students are encouraged to remain on campus until Commencement is completed. Students intending to participate in Commencement must have filed an Intent to Graduate and, if needed, complete a Late Graduation Petition form in the Office of Academic Records. As is the case each year, some students will not complete all degree requirements.

At Yellow and White Dinner, sophomore students are honored by the freshman students. Dressier attire is appropriate for all who attend. Seating for this dinner is limited and advanced tickets are required. There is no charge for students. Each sophomore will be able to reserve her own ticket and purchase two guest tickets in Raney Dining Room on April 12 and 13. Guest tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6-12, and tickets must be paid for at the time the reservation is made. Additional guests will be placed on a waiting list at the time of ticket purchase, and sophomore students may purchase for those additional guests on April 14 on a space available basis. If seating is available, other Cottey students will be able to reserve their tickets on April 19, 20, and 21. At 5:45 p.m., sophomore students will meet in the Robertson Hall parlor to enter into the dining room after the guests are seated. A Baccalaureate Service follows the dinner at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

At Blue and White Luncheon, senior students are honored by the junior students. Dressier attire is appropriate for all who attend. Seating for this meal is limited and advanced tickets are required. There is no charge for students. Each senior will be able to reserve her own ticket and purchase tickets for guests in Raney Dining Room on April 17 and 18. Guest tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6-12, and tickets must be paid for at the time the reservation is made. Junior students will be able to reserve their tickets on April 19, 20, and 21. If seating is available, other Cottey students may also reserve tickets for Blue and White on those days.

Students are recognized for outstanding achievements at Honors and Awards Convocation on Saturday morning. Scholarships and other academic awards are presented, including the announcement of the associate students with the top grade point averages. Students who have distinguished accomplishments in athletics and state and national competitions will also be recognized. The highlight of this event is the presentation of the First and Second Lei Awards to sophomore students and the presentation of baccalaureate students graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude.

All students are required to attend the Commencement rehearsal on Thursday afternoon, May 11, at 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors meet on the steps of Hinkhouse; sophomores and seniors meet in the gymnasium. Students must be present to receive important instructions essential for the ceremony to run smoothly. Decorated mortarboards must be brought to the Commencement rehearsal for approval by designated staff (see attached Guidelines for Decorating Mortarboards). Following Commencement rehearsal, choir rehearsal will be held in the gymnasium at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Capping on Saturday evening is a tradition that dates to the early days of the College when each graduate of the two-year program selected a first-year student to place the traditional mortarboard upon her head the evening before Commencement. Today, each student selects two or three cappers who are special to her to participate in the ceremony, which takes place on the front steps of Main Hall, weather permitting. Graduating students will wear their academic regalia. Capping is organized by the second- and fourth year classes and further information and instructions will be shared later.

Cottey’s 133rd Commencement will take place on Sunday morning, May 14, at 10 a.m. We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Commencement speaker is Dr. Tara Stuart, 1952 Cottey alum. Dr. Stuart has a diverse professional background as educator, speaker, author, illustrator, and CEO of her own business. She is a world traveler and has lived and worked in a variety of cultures and nations. Graduates will meet in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m. and each will receive daisies to carry in the procession to Hinkhouse Center, placing them in a basket in the foyer as she enters. After the ceremony, the junior students leave first, followed by the freshman students. Both classes will pick up daisies to participate in the Daisy Chain through which the new graduates walk. Passing Cottey’s flower from one class to another on this occasion symbolizes the tie between past and future classes. Sophomore students who have enrolled in a Cottey baccalaureate program will receive a bouquet of three daisies from a current junior student. Freshmen and juniors participating in the Daisy Chain must wear white.

Members of the national two-year and four-year honorary societies, Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Chi, are authorized by the College to wear the PTK stoles and Alpha Chi cords with their academic regalia. Baccalaureate degree students graduating with honors are authorized by the College to wear gold cords with their academic regalia. At Cottey, cords for other honoraries are not worn with academic regalia during the Commencement ceremony. This is in keeping with acceptable commencement protocol and practice.

A brunch in Raney Dining Room immediately follows Commencement. Advance tickets are not required; guests will pay at the door. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 and under. The residence halls close at 5 p.m.

This weekend is important for Cottey, and we will have many visitors on campus. Cottey students who require accommodations or have questions about accessibility for Commencement events should contact Stephanie D. McGhee at (417) 667-8181, extension 2131 or smcghee@cottey.edu by May 1, 2017, or as soon as the need is realized. To request accessibility accommodations for guests, please contact Betsy McReynolds at (417) 667-8181, extension 2103 or bmcreynolds@cottey.edu by May 1, 2017, or as soon as the need is realized. Best wishes with your studies in these few remaining weeks.