The end is nigh.
The Spring semester’s graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10 in the Stienke Physical Education Center (SPEC), as per usual, but there have been a few changes.
From the 634 students who graduated in May of 2012, the amount has jumped to 854 students expecting to graduate with their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at this year’s commencement ceremony.
With such a large amount of students to walk the stage, a decision was made by the Provost’s office and the President’s Executive Cabinet to add additional ceremonies to the schedule.
“The number of ceremonies is determined by the number of graduates,” said Dr. Rex Gandy, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
“I think the increasing number of graudates this semester is a very good thing.”
In May 2012, there were a total of three ceremonies while in the Fall, there were only two.
“Our numbers of spring graduates are usually greater than the Fall or Summer,” said Dr. Duane Gardiner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The class of 2013, a 25 percent increase from last
Spring, has bumped up the number of expected attendees to be too many to fit in a small space such as the SPEC.
“I wish we had a venue on campus that held more people so that the number of ceremonies could be reduced,” said Gandy. “The SPEC can only hold a fixed number of people.”
Along with the other students graduating next month, Colton Williams, a senior who will be receiving his degree in Communications: Speech and Journalism, is beginning to feel jitters.
“I am a little nervous because I am getting ready to start a new chapter of my life,” said Williams. “On the other hand, I am really excited because I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college.”
Williams’ plans after the big day are to move back to his hometown in San Antonio and pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting for various local news stations.
With the only issue being a small space, it will not only be good for those who are graduating, but also for their family and friends who wish to share this special occasion with them in a comfortable and less crowded environment.
“I actually think it’s a good thing because that means students can bring a lot of friends and family members to their ceremony without having to worry about if there will be enough seats,” said Williams.
The Provost office contemplated on the issue and felt that students would appreciate the extra room for their loved ones.
“We felt that we either had to issue tickets for admission or add another ceremony,” said Gardiner. “We decided rather than exclude any family member who would want to see their graduate, we would add another ceremony.”
Tomorrow will be the last day to submit all final requirements for May 2013 Commencement.
Ceremonies will be held all throughout the day beginning with the Academic Affairs Ceremony at 8:30 pm.
This ceremony is open to all family and friends honoring the bachelor degree candidates with a GPA of 3.40 or higher.
Afterwards, the 2013 commencement will proceed with four ceremonies at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7pm.