Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 9 a.m.
Hall Brown Terrace, Queens University of Charlotte
All seniors who have completed adademic requirements for their degree program are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. Any graduate who is not able to attend his or her commencement ceremony must notify the appropriate Dean's Office in writing by April 15.
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Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Rehearsal: Check in at Levine Center, lower-level concourse. The group will process to Hall Brown Terrace for the rehearsal. You do not need to wear your cap and gown.
Friday, May 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. Presbyterian School of Nursing Blessing of the Hands and Pinning and Awards Ceremony; Belk Chapel
2:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences and Cato School of Education Awards Ceremony; Ketner Auditorium
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate; Sanctuary, Myers Park Baptist Church. Line up in Heaton Hall at 3:30 p.m. Graduates are encouraged to invite friends and family to join them for this special service.
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception; Burwell Lawn. All graduates and their families are invited to this reception honoring the Class of 2018. Rain location: Levine Center lobby.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. Group Photo and Ceremony Processional Line-Up; Levine Center, lower-level concourse.
9:00 a.m. Commencement; Hall Brown Terrace at Burwell Hall.
*There are no assigned seats, and there should be room for all guests who wish to attend the outdoor ceremony. The seating area will open at 7:30 a.m.
*Diplomas may be picked up in the Trexler Student Center for one hour following the ceremony. Please bring a photo ID.
In Case of Rain: There ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine, unless there is severe inclement weather. If weather conditions do not permit an outdoor ceremony, graduation exercises will be held in the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. A limited number of rain tickets will be given to each graduate at rehearsal. Overflow seating with a closed circuit monitor will also be available for those who do not have rain tickets. The ceremony will also be broadcast live via YouTube.
Guests with Accommodations: Graduates who need accommodations for ceremony participation should contact Cort Schneider, Director of Student Accessibility Services, at 704-337-2508, or email@example.com, before April 24.
A drop-off point for guests will mobility impairments will be located in the Evans Clock Tower lot off of Radcliffe Avenue.
An interpreter will be available at all ceremonies, and seats will be reserved in close proximity for guests who are hearing impaired. Please note that we do not provide wheelchairs for guests, but they may be rented at the following location:
- First Choice Medical Equipment and Supplies: http://www.firstchoicemedical.com/rentals.asp; weekly rentals are $50.00.
Cap and Gown
Caps and gowns should be ordered online at www.herffjones.com/college/queensu before March 12 and will be available for pickup in the Bookstore beginning April 20. Graduates will not be permitted to participate in their Commencement ceremony or Baccalaureate without a cap and gown. Please contact the Student Bookstore with any questions at 704-337-2413. Underneath the cap and gown, women should wear a dress, skirt or nice slacks, and men should wear dark trousers. Dark shoes are appropriate for all. Large earrings are not allowed and no corsages should be pinned to the gown. Queens requires that all graduates be dressed appropriately in order to participate in Commencement exercises.
Stoles, Cords and Caps
Queens values both the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of our students and will allow regalia that is representative of both academic and nonacademic endeavors if they are part of a national organization that offers cords and stoles for sale to students. For example, athletics is part of the NCAA, which supports the representation of athletics through specific cords, and the Black Student Association also is part of a national organization that is represented with a certain stole at many colleges and universities. Greek Life, as well, offers cords to sororities and fraternities, nationally and internationally. Homemade, nonrecognized apparel is not permitted. No part of the regalia should be distracting or disrespectful to the occasion. That includes caps if the decoration is not distracting or disrespectful, it will be allowed within reason. Decoration of caps should not be threedimensional. Students will be responsible for the purchase of their own nonacademic cords and stoles.
Hoods for Graduate Students
Graduates earning master's degrees will be hooded on stage as part of the ceremony. Please note that hoods will be included as part of
your regalia package that you will order online and pick up at the Bookstore. You will carry the hood over your arm during the
Graduation announcements may be ordered online from Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com/college/queensu.
As each graduate is handed his or her diploma cover on stage, a professional photographer will take a photo. A free color proof will be
mailed to your current mailing address, including a password for online viewing. You are under no obligation to purchase prints.
To receive an email notification the moment your photos are online, please visit www.photospecialties.com to preregister.
If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800-722-7033.
You may order your class ring online at www.herffjones.com/college/queensu or by completing an order form at the Student Bookstore.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube; the video will be saved on Queens' YouTube channel.
Guests with Special Needs
If you or anyone in your party requires special seating, parking or interpreter services at either a Commencement ceremony or Baccalaureate, please complete the Special Needs Form on the Commencement website by May 1.
Please see our list of driving directions for information on how to get to campus.
Parking is available in call campus lots. See our campus map for more information.
If you are visiting from out of town, please visit our list of host hotels. These hotels offer special rates for Queens visitors. You are encouraged to make reservations early, as that weekend is typically a busy one in Charlotte.
Tickets are not required for any Commencement ceremony unless weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. Seating is not assigned and is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Ample overflow seating with a closed circuit monitor will available on campus for all others who do not have a rain ticket.
Rain tickets will be issued to each graduate at rehearsal. The number of rain tickets given to each student is based on the total number of graduates who will be participating in the ceremony. Since this exact number will not be known until the week of Commencement, we cannot guarantee how many tickets each student will receive.
Ginger Marr, Commencement Coordinator
|Blair College of Health and Presbyterian School|
Tara Matchulat, Administrative Assistant
Cato School of Education
|College of Arts and Sciences|
James Beach, Assistant Dean
|Knight School of Communication|
Kim Taylor, Administrative Assistant
McColl School of Business
|Student Accessibility Services|
Cort Schneider, Director
Student Financial Services
For regalia, announcements and class rings:
Frequently Asked Questions
Have some questions? Check out our FAQ file to see if we've got your inquiry covered.
Congratulations to our 2017 graduates!
2017 Commencement Photos: Check out our Flickr Gallery.
Saturday, May 05, 2018