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Alabama State University's Commencement will now be divided into two ceremonies beginning with the spring Commencement on May 12. The first ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. and the second ceremony at 2:45 p.m.

Spring 2018 Commencement Memo

"This is all about meeting the needs of ASU's graduating students, their families and friends, and the University better serving all of them during one of the most important and precious times of their lives; their college graduation," said President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. "By having two separate ceremonies, there will be more seats available for our students’ loved ones and a shorter ceremony in the Acadome for our students."

President Ross said that the decision to put forth a change in ASU's Commencement came after a careful deliberation process that included both speaking with a campus wide array of stakeholders representing the Hornet Nation, as well as conducting a survey of ASU's academic community, which was executed well in advance of any final decision being made.

"We made sure that this decision was made, not by any one person, but with the advice and input of a myriad of the University community, well before the final decision was made," Ross said. "I felt that it was imperative to get the input of a diverse group on campus that included students, faculty, deans and administrators so we made the right decision through consultation, which insured our graduating seniors and their families would have the best graduation possible."

The person who was appointed by President Ross to devise the details of the plan to better serve ASU's graduating students is the coordinating chairman of ASU's Commencement Ceremony - Dr. Carl S. Pettis - who is the University's interim associate provost. Pettis said that session one of ASU's spring graduation ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Doors will open at 8 a.m. The ASU Golden Class of 1968 will participate in the morning ceremony.

He said that with fewer candidates in each session, the graduation ceremony will last approximately two hours or less, which is substantially less time than previous ceremonies. After the first session, there will be a two-hour break to allow the graduates and their visitors to leave the campus, traffic to subside, cleaning of the Acadome and preparation for the second session. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the second session.

"It is a wonderful and great thing that the attendance for our commencement ceremonies has grown over the years with an expanded audience who wish to witness their loved one's receiving their degrees. Because these large numbers have stretched the capacity of seating in the Acadome, we are growing with it by implementing this new plan, which should accommodate all who wish to be inside the Acadome at the ceremony," Pettis said.

He added that complete instructions on who graduates at what session will be communicated with the graduates in many ways, including rehearsal ceremonies to ensure that they understand all of the new procedures, times and protocols.

"The only reason we have implemented this new plan is for the happiness and safety of our students and for all those who wish to witness the splendor and solemnity of a commencement ceremony at The Alabama State University," said Pettis. "It is an awesome sight to observe and attend."

Please see the structure below for the two Commencement Convocation ceremonies:

May 12, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.:
College of Education
College of Liberal Arts and Social Science
College of Visual and Performing Arts
University College
Levi Watkins Learning Center (Faculty)
Golden Class (Spring Only)

May 12, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.:
The Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. College of Business Administration
College of Health Sciences
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Aerospace Studies

Note: graduate degrees from the Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School will be awarding during both Convocations in accordance with the graduate degree offerings of each college.

Guest Information

The guest overflow will be located in the Ralph D. Abernathy Hall auditorium, where there will be live streaming of the Commencement Exercises.

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Rehearsal Announcement

After rehearsal on Friday, each graduate is welcome to invite three guests to the President's Reception, which will be held at
6 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome concourse.

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