WSU Tri-Cities Commencement 2016
Three Important Steps:
1. Apply to Graduate
Students submit their graduation application for both undergraduate and professional degrees online, through myWSU student center. For more information on applying for graduation, please follow this link. The deadline to apply for a May 2016 undergraduate or professional degree or certificate without incurring a late fee is Friday, March 04, 2016. The last day to apply with an additional fee of $75 assessed is April 26, 2016. Last day to apply with an additional late fee of $150 is June 10, 2016.
2. RSVP for Commencement
Please complete this form if you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
3. Order Regalia
Regalia can be rented through the Bookie, located in the East building, at a week long Grad Fair during the week of April 11th. During this week, students will be able to pay for and pick up their regalia package, purchase souvenir tassels, and check out an array of custom diploma frames.
Listed below are the prices for regalia rentals:
Rose Bouquets and/or a Beautiful Lei for your graduate can now be pre-ordered through Just Roses. Convenient pre-order and pick up. Please use this form to place your order today. Bring your order form and payment to Just Roses Flowers & More located at 5428 West Clearwater in Kennewick or 1835 West Court in Pasco. Your floral order will then be available for pick inside the coliseum on the day of Commencement. All pre-orders must be in no later than Friday, April 22. Extra bouquets and leis will also be available at Commencement for purchase. The Just Roses table booth will be located just inside the main entrance.
Seniors and Graduate Students:
Celebrate the completion of your degree by walking in the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The Commencement ceremony starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. and is expected to last approximately two hours. No tickets are required. Please invite your family and friends to join you at this exciting event!
Please complete this form if you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The commencement ceremony is different from the actual graduation process.
- Commencement refers to the ceremony, which is an opportunity for students to share the excitement and importance of their academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends.
- Graduation is the process of paying a fee to get your actual degree and finish your requirements. Participation in the commencement ceremony is not a guarantee or an indication of degree completion. To officially graduate from WSU, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for the specific degree. Your degree becomes official when it is posted to your transcript, not by your participation in commencement exercises.
We will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. and anticipate the ceremony to last approximately two hours. Commencement is a family oriented event. No tickets are needed – bring your family and friends!
Graduates need to arrive by noon in their caps and gowns – eat lunch first and travel light, as there is not a secure area for personal items.
Please invite your family and friends as there is no seating limit per graduate. Seating is available based on a first-come first-serve basis. Guest seating is in sections P through Z on the main concourse. Guests will be prohibited from entering the Toyota Center floor and the staging area.
Seating for disabled guests is located in sections A, B and R and Toyota Center staff will be available to assist guests to the designated areas. Students who will need accommodations during commencement need to contact the Disability Coordinator at 509-372-7351 by April 15.
General Information for the Ceremony
You will complete an information card when you line up. You will hand this card to an announcer who will read it as you cross the stage to receive your diploma jacket. Keep this card with you until you reach the announcer. Do not take a commencement program with you during the processional as one will be waiting for you on your seat. Remember to leave purses, cameras and other valuables with your guests. If you have any questions while at the event, please look for one of the commencement assistants.
Eat lunch before commencement and travel light. There is not a secure area to store personal items.
When to be Where
Toyota Center 7000 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA
Undergraduates: Be in your cap and gown and report by 12:00 p.m. to the south side of the lower level at the Public Skating area. Commencement assistants will be available to direct you to the correct location. Your tassel should be on the right side of your cap. Signs with individual disciplines will be posted along the lower level hallway. Find your degree title on the sign (i.e., Business, Education, etc.) and stay there for further instructions. You will be seated according to discipline, but you may march and sit by anyone within your degree unit.
Graduate Students: Be in your cap and gown and report by 12:00 p.m. on the north side of the lower level at the Public Skating area. Commencement assistants will be available to direct you to the correct location. Your tassel will be on the left side of your cap. You will be marching according to discipline. Find the appropriate sign for your degree and stay there for further instructions. You will be given verbal instructions for the hooding ceremony on stage
Students who will need accommodations during commencement need to contact the Disability Coordinator at 509.372.7352 as soon as possible to make prior arrangements.
A professional photographer will take a photo of each graduate receiving his or her diploma cover. Photographs will be available later by mail on an optional basis at reasonable cost.
Guests: An area will be designated in sections A and N to allow guests to take photos during the ceremony. Please remind your guests that once they have taken the picture, they are to return to their original seats.
The academic procession begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Again, please don’t bring anything with you except your information card—no purses, cameras, etc. The graduate students will lead the procession, followed by the undergraduate students and then the University administrators, faculty and dignitaries. Everyone will proceed single file. Students will be directed by ushers to the appropriate seating in front of the stage. When you reach the seating section, remember to move all the way over into the row of chairs so that your entire row of chairs is full. Everyone will remain standing until after the National Anthem has been sung (men should remove their caps during the Anthem).
After the commencement address, each row of students will be directed to the platform by an usher. Do not take anything with you except your information card. You will give the information card to the assistant at the edge of the stage and your name will be announced as you walk across the stage. You will stop in front of the University leader on the stage, extend your left hand to receive your diploma cover, and shake hands with your right hand. (Graduate students will be hooded prior to receiving a diploma cover.) Next you will shake hands with other dignitaries. Once everyone in your row has reached his or her original seat, then your row will be seated all at once. The ceremony will last about two hours.
After the Ceremony
During the recessional, administrators, dignitaries, faculty and graduates, by row, will be ushered out single file back through the Public Skating area and up the stairs to the main concourse level. After the recessional has concluded, you may greet your guests on the main concourse level.
Returning your Regalia
You must return your regalia to the Bookie or be charged full purchase price. You may do so at the Toyota Center after the event.
Regalia can be rented through the Bookie, located in the East building. All students must attend the Grad Fair to receive their regalia. The Bookie will be hosting a week long Grad Fair during the week of April 11th. During this week, students will be able to pay for and pick up their regalia package, purchase souvenir tassels, and check out an array of custom diploma frames. Listed below are the prices for graduation items:
- BA PKG Rental – $49.50 (plus tax)
- MA PKG Rental – $77.00 (plus tax)
- PHD/EDD Rental PKG – $99.00 (plus tax)
The Associated Students of Washington State University Tri-Cities (ASWSUTC) would like to commend you by reimbursing the regalia rental cost! Reimbursement will be granted on a first come first serve basis due to limited funds. In order to qualify for reimbursement, you must be an S&A fee paying WSUTC student, and you must be walking at the WSUTC commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
The 2016 Reimbursement form can be downloaded here downloaded here.
Read more about the specific details regarding Academic Costume Codes.
Graduation announcements can be ordered directly from the customized WSU Jostens web site. Please allow four weeks for delivery.
The Bookie has a supply of diploma frames and souvenir tassels. The Bookie is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students who live out of town may contact the Bookie at 375-1084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crimson & Gray Tassel is $11.50 (plus tax)
- Single Color Tassel is $11.50 (plus tax)
- USA Tassel is $13.50 (plus tax)
- C&G with Year Date is $16.50 (plus tax)
Cumulative GPA of:
- 3.90 or higher = summa cum laude
- 3.70 – 3.89 = magma cum laude
- 3.50 – 3.69 = cum laude
The appropriate Latin phrase will be printed on the undergraduate diploma and on the final transcript.
The Office of Academic Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities will be providing the honor cords to qualified undergraduate candidates free of charge. Honor cords can be picked up after March 14, in the West Building, Room 263F. The honor cords will be awarded to those students participating in the May 2016 commencement who have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher as of December 2015.
Guests are not permitted in the graduates’ seating area during the ceremony. It is suggested that you make arrangements to meet your graduate after the ceremony in a pre-arranged location.
Guests are asked to turn off all cell phones and remain at their seats until the commencement ceremony is concluded and all graduates have left the seating area.
Seating for disabled guests is located in Section R with additional seating on the floor. Toyota center staff will be available to assist guests to the designated area. However, it is strongly recommended that guests needing extra time to be seated, should plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m. Guests who will need seating on the floor will not be allowed to enter during the academic procession.
Each year the various colleges select a student to lead their degree candidates and carry their school’s gonfalon at the WSU Tri-Cities Commencement ceremony.
The gonfalons are colorful banners that represent the University’s college and they are in the colors that are traditionally associated with their academic discipline. The gonfalons lead the undergraduates in the processional and each is carried by a student selected for the honor by their college.
Your Gonfalon carriers for Commencement 2016 are as follows:
|Danelle Herr||David Jacob Garcia||Lisa Kissinger|
|Jason Stidham||McKenzie Munn||Suzanne Kaye|
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining Harvey Mudd, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998 and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California, and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.
Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics.
Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education.
Klawe is a board member of Broadcom Corporation and the nonprofit Math for America, the chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Selection Board. She is co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
Tri-Cities Big Band will be providing music for the WSU Tri-Cities commencement ceremony.
Most of the band members are teachers in local public schools. Part of the band’s proceeds go toward scholarships for music student teachers that are enrolled in a University or College.
For more information about the Tri-Cities Big Band, contact Ron Pasma at 509-539-6654 or visit their Facebook page.
Band members are:
- Alto Sax – Doug Edwards, Brad Barwell, and Vicki Eccleston
- Tenor Sax – Larry Bunch and Megan Snyder
- Bari Sax – Gene Miles and Sandy Lucke
- Trombones – Jeff Adamson, Sean McClannahan, Ruth Vertrees, Nick Jaeger, and Liz Brager
- Trumpets – Karl Abrecht, Lydia Hansen, Dale Green, Liz Roggenkamp, Josh Pasma, and Ron Pasma
- Bass Guitar – Perry Kelly
- Vocals – Kimber Keel
- Drums – Jon Miller and Kurt Bjerkestrand
- Piano – Emily Hansen
- Guitar – Tommy Bryan
Contact the Career Development Office for more information.