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May 2014 Commencement

Please be sure to review and take note of key dates associated with May 2014 commencement-related activities.

March 7, 2014

Deadline to apply for May 2014 graduation. Find May 2014 graduation applications online (beginning 1/22/14).

  • Students who plan to graduate in August 2014 will be invited to participate in our December 2014 commencement activities. Under extenuating circumstances, some students may gain approval to walk early. See your Dean's office for additional details.
  • Both a paper application and an online application (through VIP) must be submitted for the application process to be considered complete.
  • Graduate students must submit the Graduate Level Application for Graduation to the Graduate Office. 
  • Undergraduate students must submit a completed application for graduation at their academic dean's office.
  • All students should contact their academic department in order to obtain further information on official graduation requirements and responsibilities. Honors status should also be reviewed and established at this time.   

March 14, 2014

Last day for faculty to submit orders to purchase regalia (requires 8 week lead time).

Mid-March 2014

Initial commencement information will be sent to graduating students (based on May 2014 graduation applications received by deadline of March 7, 2014). 

 Be sure to take care of the following details early:

  • Teacher Certification Applications: (see college dean)
  • Financial Aid Loan Exit Interview: Recipients of the Stafford Loan program must complete an exit interview online or at the Financial Aid Office, Dixon 105, 724-938-4415, before graduation.
  • Change of Address: Visit the post office link provided and change your address, if you will be moving out of the area after graduation. https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/icoa-main-flow.do?execution=e1s1
  • Voter Registration: Graduating students who will be moving and are registered to vote in Washington County should update their registration with their new address, if staying within Pennsylvania. Details can be found online: http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=591539&mode=2.

March 31, 2014

Our Graduation Fair will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 (tentative) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is recommended that students purchase caps and gowns at least one month prior to commencement. Caps and Gowns: Undergraduate and graduate students must purchase approved academic robe and matching cap through the University Bookstore, except those who chose to wear their military dress uniform.

March 31, 2014

Honors cords will be available at the University Bookstore. Because of print deadlines for the commencement brochure, grade point averages from the semester prior to the last semester are used to determine honors status at commencement. Cords can be obtained at the University Bookstore (at no charge).

Review the undergraduate Honors at Graduation policy.

Honors cords are given to graduate students who complete their program with a cumulative minimum 3.75 QPA based on the semester prior to graduation. Graduate students will not be recognized in the commencement program as receiving honors.

April 1, 2, and 3, 2014

Spellman Studios will be on campus for senior portraits (yearbook photos) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Manderino Room 319. No appointments required - just walk in! Be sure to dress appropriately. No t-shirts or hats. The studio will send portrait package information along with proofs. Contact Joy Helsel, helsel@calu.edu, with any questions.  

April 11, 2014

Recommended date for students to purchase of caps and gowns. Students should arrange for purchase at least one month prior to commencement, before sizes are limited and it is too late to place special orders. 

Last day for faculty to place regalia rental orders at the University Bookstore.

April 21, 2014

Students with disabilities should request necessary accommodations. Alternate access arrangements for commencement events and/or all other accommodation requests should be made to the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), preferably by Monday, April 21, 2014. Contact OSD in person, Azorsky Hall - Room 105, or by phone, 724-938-5781.    

April 28, 2014

Graduates may return parking permits from April 28-May 2, 2014. If students are required to be on campus, temporary parking permits for the last week of the semester can be obtained. Return parking permits to Room 123 in Manderino Library  Please call 724-938-4677 with any questions.

May 5, 2014

Deadline to register your contact information with the Cal U Alumni Association. You are required to update your information to ensure inclusion in our many Young Alumni mailings, e-blasts, networking events, insurance offerings, discounted car rental rates, Cal U logo license plate orders, and more. Don't miss out!

May 8, 2014

President's Dinner for Graduates

  • Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in Hamer Hall. (This event is open to graduating students and invited faculty and staff members only.) 
  • Commencement rehearsals begin immediately following dinner. Graduate School rehearsal will be held in Steele Hall and Undergraduate rehearsal will be held in the Convocation Center.

  • Spellman Studios will be available take portraits at the graduate dinner, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Contact Joy Helsel at helsel@calu.edu with any questions.

May 9, 2014

  • Graduate Commencement, 7 p.m., Convocation Center 

May 10, 2014

  • Undergraduate Commencement, 10 a.m., Convocation Center 

  • CCAC Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 6 p.m., Steele Hall