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Commencement

Thomas University graduates students in the fall, summer, and spring semesters. Only ONE commencement ceremony is conducted for the academic year and takes place at the end of the spring semester. The 2019 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Students who intend to graduate must complete the Application for Graduation by the stated deadlines the semester BEFORE they intend to graduate. Students who graduate in the fall are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony the following spring. The deadlines for turning in this form to the Registrar’s Office are:

Sept. 15 (spring graduation)
Nov. 15 (summer graduation)
March 1 (fall graduation)

The information on the pages below should be reviewed by all students prior to graduating:

+Ordering Caps and Gowns

Graduation candidates must order caps and gowns online for the May 2019 commencement ceremony. Detailed instructions for ordering will be emailed to all Fall ’18, Spring ’19, and Summer ’19 graduation candidates.

ORDERING DEADLINE IS MARCH 29TH.

When ordering your cap and gown, please be sure you choose the correct degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s). Wearing the cap and gown is required for participation. It is your responsibility to bring your cap and gown with you for the ceremony. If you do not have the proper cap and gown, you will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. Once your order has been placed, you will receive a confirmation email to notify you that it was successfully placed.

Please note that the cost of the cap and gown is included in the graduation fee. There is NO CHARGE during ordering unless additional items (such as invitations, announcements, diploma frames, class rings, etc.) are ordered.

Note: Graduation fees only pay for ONE cap and gown. If you order more than one you will be held financially responsible.

If you have an issue with your order or have questions regarding a cap and gown please contact the Director of Retail Sales, Michelle Manning.

+Commencement Attendance, Attire and Etiquette

Thomas University’s sixty-third Commencement is Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 8:30 am and will be held outside on the Forbes Campus of Thomas University.

Your Cap and Gown order serves as your RSVP to the ceremony. Order your cap and gown BY MARCH 29TH.

IF YOU DO NOT ORDER YOUR CAP AND GOWN, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR TICKETS

*Students in the Education Specialist Program may use the same cap and gown used only if you graduated from a Thomas University Master of Education Program. Please let us know if you plan to attend via email to graduation@thomasu.edu.

Part of the privilege of attending a small university is participating in a graduation ceremony at which your professors, TU administrators and staff, family members, and classmates celebrate your academic accomplishment. We wish all of you could attend but understand that it’s just not possible for some. If you are planning to attend, you must order you cap and gown. Doing so will reserve you a seat and four tickets for your guests.

ETIQUETTE

  • Turn off all cell phones.
  • Be courteous if taking personal photographs.
  • Men should remove caps during invocation and benediction.
  • All guests regardless of age (even babies) must have a ticket; you are encouraged to leave younger children at home where they can celebrate with you later.
  • Be respectful of your classmates in your and your guest’s congratulations during the ceremony so that all graduates’ names can be heard.
  • Please pass the programs that are provided down the row you are sitting in.

ATTIRE

  • Cap & gown should be free of wrinkles (follow instructions provided with gowns)
  • Wear dark dress shoes and dark dress slacks.
  • Dark attire looks best under the thin fabric of these gowns.
  • Low heels are strongly encouraged.
  • No flip flops, casual sandals, or slides.
  • Cap must be worn flat on the head.
  • Leave purses in the trunk of your car for security.
  • No chewing gum.

+Commencement Ceremony and Rehearsal

It is very important that you attend a mandatory rehearsal so that you know how this formal event will unfold at commencement. Rehearsal is Friday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. on the Forbes Campus. Please be on campus by 10:30 am. Rehearsal should last 1 hour.

Prior to rehearsal please carefully review the Rehearsal Instructions.

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+Commencement Tickets

We hope that you will share your graduation with your family and friends. Due to a record number of graduates, each graduating student may receive four tickets for reserved seating. You must order your cap and gown by March 29, 2019, so that we know you are attending. Please note that guests without a ticket may attend the outdoor ceremony if they bring their own chair and sit outside of the reserved ticketed section. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Thomasville High School Gymnasium, where there is limited seating and only guests with a ticket will be able to attend. Regardless of where the ceremony is held, it will be livestreamed on the web and recorded for viewing by family members and friends who are not able to attend. The link for the livestream and recording will be posted on the Commencement Information page by May.

In order to receive your tickets, you must complete a Graduating Student Survey and, if applicable, Financial Aid Exit Counseling. You will receive, via email, a unique code that unlocks the Graduation survey for you in late April. You will then receive a unique confirmation when the survey is completed. You must print and bring your confirmation page to the Office of the Registrar in order to receive your tickets. If you are a distance student or unable to come to campus to pick up your tickets, please bring your survey confirmation to Friday’s rehearsal or Saturday’s Will-Call table. Tickets will not be distributed without verification that you have completed the survey. No tickets will be mailed.

ATTENTION ALL GRADUATES WHO HAVE FEDERAL LOANS: You MUST complete Exit Counseling when you are no longer attending college in order to be prepared to repay your federal student loan. Please go to https://studentloans.gov, select Complete Exit Counseling and follow the instructions provided. For a Guide to Exit Counseling, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/es/sites/default/files/loan-exit-counseling.pdf.

+Parking, Map and Directions

Graduates are encouraged to park on TU’s Magnolia Campus (one mile west of the Forbes Campus on the corner of Pinetree and Magnolia) and carpool or shuttle over to the Forbes Campus enabling more on-campus parking for graduates’ families and friends. Shuttles will run beginning at 6:30 a.m. from the Magnolia Campus Gym; return shuttles will run immediately following the Commencement Ceremony. On-campus guest parking is available in all Forbes Campus lots; parking attendants will be assisting graduates and guests.

Special seating will be available for elderly and disabled persons under the tent in the Academic Quad.. Seating in these areas is limited and are reserved for elderly and disabled persons. Designated handicap parking spaces are marked and located in all parking areas.

Campus Maps and Directions

+Welcome to the TU Alumni Association!

Thomas University is proud of its alumni and enjoys the support of its many friends in the local community. TU encourages both its alumni and its friends to become involved with the university and help it serve the needs of its students and the community.

The alumni association is an active group of diverse interests. Our roster is more than 6,000 strong and some undergraduate alumni have returned for graduate degrees.

Many of our alumni support the students and TU through contributions, mentoring and recruiting.


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