Commencement 2014

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Commencement

Ursinus College is proud to be celebrating its 141st Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 16th at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Berman Museum.

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Schedule/Hours

Schedule

Thursday May 15, 2014

Baccalaureate
6:00 p.m.
Bomberger Memorial Hall

Baccalaureate Reception
7:00 p.m.
Olin Plaza (Rain location: Wismer Center)

Friday May 16, 2014

Commencement
10:00 a.m.
Berman Museum Front Lawn

Commencement Reception
Immediately Following Commencement
Olin Plaza (Rain location: Wismer Center)

Hours of Operation

Thursday

Bookstore: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Berman Museum: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Switchboard: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday

Bookstore: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berman Museum: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Switchboard: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Information

Baccalaureate

When is Baccalaureate?

Thursday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m.

What is Baccalaureate?

The Baccalaureate Service is a ritual that dates back to the 15th century and is considered an important rite of passage in academia. The Baccalaureate celebrates the accomplishment of an academic degree and provides an occasion for memorializing the graduates' hard work and reminding the graduates of their responsibilities as educated citizens.

The Ursinus College Baccalaureate Service is an interfaith celebration with songs and readings that represents the many faith traditions of our student body. All graduating students and their families and guests are invited to join in this meaningful and joyous observance held at Bomberger Memorial Hall on the evening preceding the commencement ceremony. The Baccalaureate Service lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a reception for graduates.

Is Baccalaureate a religious service?

It is a very wonderful interfaith service open to all seniors, their families and the entire campus community.

How do I obtain tickets?

A limited number of first come, first serve seats for guests will be available in Bomberger. Two tickets will be sent to parents and guardians along with the Commencement Brochure. These tickets are required for admission into Bomberger. Additional seating for simulcast viewing of the ceremony will be available in Olin Auditorium for overflow seating and guests without tickets.

*Tickets do not guarantee seating in Bomberger.

How long is Baccalaureate?

Generally just under an hour. There will be a reception after the service on the Olin Plaza. Rain location is Wismer Center.

How should I dress?

Often guests ask what is appropriate to wear to Baccalaureate; the following are simply suggestions intending to help our guests.

Parents, friends and family are recommended to wear business attire. We suggest that men wear a dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress.

Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. We suggest that men wear a dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress. Neither hoods nor mortarboards are worn at Baccalaureate.

Commencement

When is graduation?

Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. (it is generally two hours long.)

Where is graduation?

Under a large tent on the front lawn of campus adjacent to the Berman Museum of Art

How many tickets will I get and when?

No tickets are necessary. Ursinus College sets up a tent on the front lawn with seating for approximately 3,000 people. All family and friends are welcome.

Is there reserved seating?

The tent seating is first come, first served. Parents and guests may sit in any area not marked as reserved, please ask an ushers if you are unsure. The only seating that is reserved is for the graduation class, distinguished guests, and the first row of seating is left open for those who need to be able to see the American Sign Language interpreter.

What happens if it rains?

The ceremony still is held under the tent on the lawn when it rains. The reception following would be held indoors. The area is tented but you may want to bring an umbrella!

What if I cannot attend the ceremony?

For families and friends unable to attend the ceremony, the 141st Commencement of Ursinus College will be streamed live on the day of the event. Please visit the Ursinus College website www.ursinus.edu on the day of the event for instructions.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, you may bring a camera; however, you will not be able to get up close to the stage once the ceremony has begun. If you wish to take pictures of the procession in and out of the tent, that is fine. Ursinus College hires a professional company, Legacy Photographics, to take each student’s picture with President Fong. Legacy Photographics will contact all graduating students directly with order information following Commencement.

Legacy Families
Alumni parents and alumni relatives are invited to a special photography session, with their graduating senior, for display on the Ursinus College web site and in publications. The photographer will be stationed near the sundial in front of Bomberger Memorial Hall (facing Main Street). In the event of rain, the photographer will be stationed in the covered area of the new entrance to the Bomberger lobby, facing Olin Plaza.

What time do people usually get there?

It is up to the individual family members to decide when to arrive on the campus, however, many people arrive around 9:00 a.m. Main Street from Fifth Avenue in Collegeville closes at 10 a.m. but the parking lot entrances off of 5th Avenue and 9th Avenue will still be accessible.

Where do we park?

You can park in the West Parking lot off of 9th Avenue behind the Kaleidoscope or in the East parking lots accessed from 5th Avenue. Please do not park in specially reserved spaces.

What if I have a handicapped person with me?

Please arrive at Corson Hall located off of the Main Campus Drive early (before 9:15 a.m. is best). The visitor’s parking lot will be reserved to meet the needs of the handicapped. Ambassadors will be driving golf carts back and forth from the parking lot to the tent. You may also drive up to the pathway by the tent, assist your guest to wait there with an ambassador, and then proceed to parking.

How should I dress?

Often guests ask what is appropriate to wear to Commencement; the following are simply suggestions intending to help our guests.

Parents, friends and family are recommended to wear business attire. We suggest that men wear a dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress.

Students should dress in appropriate attire under their academic regalia. We suggest that men wear a dress slacks, a button up and tie; women may wear either dress slacks and a blouse or a day dress. Hoods and mortar boards are worn at Commencement convocation. Mortarboards are to be worn squared, not tilted, with the tassel on the right side. Men remove caps for the invocation and benediction. Women normally do not.

After the ceremony suggestion:

It is a good idea to choose a specific location to meet your graduate after the ceremony. Otherwise, with all of the black caps and gowns, it will be very difficult to find him/her.

Ursinus has a very long and revered tradition of what is affectionately known as "the gauntlet". At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty marshals will direct the recessional. The faculty, staff and guests of honor will exit the platform first and march down the center aisle. Once they reach the end of the tent, faculty and staff members will form two columns, one for each side, marking the pathway for graduates to follow. As graduates file past, faculty and staff will bid them congratulations and farewell. Families and other guests are requested not to break the gauntlet and instead to await their graduates at the end of the line or in another predetermined location.

Restaurants

Collegeville

Appalachian Brewing Co.
50 W. Third Avenue,
Collegeville
(484) 973-6064

Bonjung Japanese Restaurant
50 W. 3rd Ave Collegeville
Collegeville
(610) 489-7022

Champs
51 Town Center Dr,
Collegeville
(610) 454-1003

Collegeville Diner
290 E Main Street,
Collegeville
610-409-9600

Davinci’s Pub
215 E. Main Street,
Collegeville
610-831-1955

Firebirds Restaurant
Providence Town Center
51 Town Center
Collegeville, PA 19426

Olive Garden
One Town Center Drive
Collegeville
(610) 831-8814

Kumo Japanese Restaurant
Providence Town Center
99 Market St., Suite 1
Collegeville, PA 19426
610-489-6868

P.F. Chang’s
Providence Town Center
10 Town Center Dr.
Collegeville
610-489-0110

Trappe Tavern
416 Main Street
Collegeville
610-489-8686

Phoenixville

Black Lab Bistro
248 Bridge Street
Phoenixville
610-935-5988

Columbia Bar and Grill
148 Bridge Street
Phoenixville
610-983-0300

Iron Hill Brewery
130 East Bridge,
Phoenixville
610-983-9333

Molly Maguire’s
197 Bridge Street
Phoenixville
610-933-9550

Skippack

Basta Pasta
4052 Skippack Pike
Skippack
610-584-0341

Bella Rossa at Hotel Fiesole
4046 Skippack Pike
Skippack
610-222-9211

Fat Cat Café
4042 Skippack Pike
Skippack
484-991-8927

Parc Bistro
4067 Skippack Pike
Skippack
610-584-1186

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