FAQ's for Traditional Undergraduate Students

Saturday, May 19, 2018

How do I participate in Commencement?
By now, all candidates should have filled out an Application for Graduation form in the Registrar's office or downloaded the form from the Commencement web site. If you have not done so, please stop by the Registrar's office by March 19. The information provided on the form will be used to order your diploma and for the Commencement program.

When and where is Commencement?
Commencement will take place on the Campus Green on Saturday, May 19, at 11:00 a.m. The graduates will begin lining up at 9:15 a.m. on the Lowell Thomas Quad between the Hancock and Dyson Centers and the procession will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Who will correctly pronounce my name?
Marist wants to make sure each name called on Commencement day is pronounced correctly. For this reason, names are all pre-recorded by the Dean of each school. Marist provides students with the opportunity to record their own names so that the name readers may use those recordings as a reference. To record your name, log into iLearn. Under your Sites, you will find a course named Commencement Name Recording. Follow the directions described in the assignment. You will need a computer with a built-in microphone. If you don’t have one of your own, stop by the Help Desk in Donnelly Hall or the Media Center in LT 208 for assistance. The Commencement Name Recording course will be available March 19th - April 6th. If you have questions, please contact the Media Center at (845)575-3635.

Do you know who the speaker will be?
This announcement is usually made in mid April.

How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. Following the ceremony you are invited to join fellow graduates and their families at a reception under the tent on St. Peter's Meadow.

How do I obtain graduation announcements?
Orders for personalized announcements can be placed online at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com.

How do I order my cap and gown?
Regalia is ordered using our web application at http://www.marist.edu/registrar/commencement/capgown.html. We begin accepting orders on February 1, 2018 and will continue until March 16, 2018. A Marist computer account access code and password are required. 

When do I pick up my cap and gown?
Information on cap and gown distribution will be published when available.

Cap and gown online ordering information will be emailed to the graduating student during the third week of January 2018. Cap and gown orders will be due on March16, 2018.      

What is a line-up card and why do I need it?

It is imperative that all graduates have a line-up card for cap and gown pick-up and for the Commencement ceremony itself.  Students must bring their student ID and their signed  Alcohol Policy Statement in order to receive a line-up card. The Registrar's office should be contacted immediately if the line-up card is lost.

Where do I pick up my line-up card?
Line-up cards will be available on Thursday, May 17 in Donnelly Hall from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Please note that a photo ID and a signed college Alcohol Policy Statement are required to obtain the line-up card.

Is there an alcohol policy?
Alcohol is not permitted before or during the Commencement exercises and will be confiscated if brought to the ceremony.  Please advise all guests of this policy. Graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony will be required to sign a statement to acknowledge that they understand the College's alcohol policy. You must have signed the statement prior to obtaining a line-up card on Thursday, May 17.

Is there a rehearsal?
All graduates are required to attend a mandatory rehearsal on Friday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. Students will convene on the Lowell Thomas Quad between Hancock Center and Dyson Center in the area designated for their School. School banners will be prominently displayed. Line-up cards are needed for rehearsal, which is expected to last approximately one hour.

What time do I line up on Commencement day?  What time does the procession begin?
Students will assemble for the procession at 9:15 a.m. on the Lowell Thomas Quad between Hancock Center and Dyson Center.  Students will need their line-up cards to participate in the ceremony. The procession is scheduled to begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Candidates and faculty will march together, led by their marshal, and be seated by School. Graduates will be called to receive their diplomas in alphabetical order by School. Line-up cards will be collected from students just before they approach the platform to receive their diploma covers.

How should I dress?
Students should be cautious of the clothes they wear underneath their gowns. Neither the College nor the manufacturer of the caps and gowns guarantees that they are colorfast. Weather conditions have varied from picture perfect to extreme rain or heat.  Graduates are advised to dress comfortably and be prepared for the weather. If it is raining, you may want to bring umbrellas. Bring sunblock and sunglasses for sunny conditions. Wear shoes appropriate for grassy areas. 

When should my guests plan on arriving?
Family and guests are encouraged to arrive early to better ensure a parking space and seating. However, no guests will be permitted to enter the actual ceremony site before 8:30 a.m. Guests should be in their seats no later than 10:30 a.m. 

Are tickets required and is there a limit to how many guests I can invite?
Tickets are NOT required for the outdoor ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are asked to limit their party to six guests out of consideration for their fellow graduates. No saving of seats will be allowed.  

I have a guest who is disabled.  Is there special seating?
The College has made arrangements to have the ceremony interpreted in sign language for the hearing impaired. There will be a designated seating section to accommodate disabled guests. Students may request disabled seating tickets and parking permits in the Registrar's office starting May 2. A limit of one disabled parking permit and two disabled seating tickets per graduate will be issued.  As guests enter the campus, they must be prepared to show their disabled parking permit to the security guard, who will direct them to the appropriate parking area. Lots are reserved for vehicles with handicapped license plates, handicapped parking placards issued by a municipality, or special parking permits issued by the College Registrar. Guests with handicapped permits should enter at the north entrance. There is no access to the handicapped parking areas from the south entrance.

What if it rains?
Unless weather conditions are severe, Commencement will take place rain or shine on the Campus Green. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony may be delayed from its scheduled start if clearing is anticipated within a reasonable period. Announcement of a delayed ceremony will be made on campus prior to 10:30 a.m. Commencement morning. Only in the rare event of extreme weather such as dangerous lightning or tornado- or hurricane-like conditions will the College implement a Severe Weather Contingency Plan and move to smaller ceremonies held indoors. Please check www.marist.edu for updates or call the severe weather hotline (845) 575-5500. 

What if my guests need overnight accommodations?

For those students whose guests will need overnight accommodations, a list of local hotels/bed and breakfasts/motels, as well as an area restaurant listing, is available on our Commencement website at www.marist.edu/registrar/commencement.

Where do I meet my parents after Commencement?
We suggest that you prearrange a meeting place with your parents at the conclusion of the full recessional.

When do graduates have to be out of their rooms?
All residence halls will close at 5:00 p.m. Commencement day, Saturday, May 19.

Are there additional campus weekend activities?
Various campus organizations conduct special celebrations with students, families and friends. Students will receive separate invitations, with reservations required, for these events.

What about Senior Week activities?
At the end of March you will receive in your mailbox the 2018 Senior Week Schedule outlining all the activities planned by the Senior Week Committee under the direction of Student Activities. 

When do I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed by June 15 to all who have met graduation requirements. Graduates must be clear of all financial obligations, including loan exit interviews and library fees, before their diploma will be mailed. Questions about financial obligations should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services (845) 575-3230. 

What are the bookstore hours on Commencement day?
For your convenience the bookstore will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Diploma frames are available at the bookstore for purchase.

Is there a yearbook I can purchase?
No. The yearbook is decided by the class each year and this year one is not being done.

How do I purchase a class ring?
Questions or information regarding class rings should be directed to Balfour at www.Balfour.com. Please contact Sales Operations Services Dave Handal at 1-(866) 225-3687 or (512) 440-2748.

 Helpful Hints 

  • Before you graduate, your tassel should be worn on the right; when you graduate, move it to the left.
  • The weather can be unpredictable, so remember both your umbrella and your sunblock.
  • Remember, the grass can be wet even if it isn't raining, so consider your footwear carefully.
  • All graduates and guests must turn off cell phones. Please be considerate of others.
  • The Commencement ceremony will last approximately two hours. We encourage you to participate in the entire ceremony. Out of respect for your fellow graduates, please remain seated throughout the entire ceremony.