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What to Expect at Graduation
First, congratulations to everyone!
Your hard work is about to pay off. Because we are not having a graduation rehearsal, we want to communicate with you about the honor cords, name cards, and general graduation information.
If you would like to submit photos to be displayed during the graduation slideshow, please follow the link below and submit photos before April 3, 2017. Use password: grad2017.
If you would like to order graduation announcements, please follow the link below for the resources to do so.
Order Graduation Announcements
To order graduation regalia (cap & gown), please follow the link below for the website to do so.
You will be emailed a layout of the seating arrangement and the student marching order.
Please review the seating chart and the graduation list containing with your line number. The number next to your name corresponds to your seat number.
You need to pay attention to the line order. You need to know who is in front and who is behind you.
You will be in alphabetical order according to major, regardless of graduating semester.
When you arrive at the Convention Center, please go directly to the staging area (to the right if you enter from the front doors/to your left if you come down the escalators).
After entering the staging area, find the Registrar’s table. There we will have a packet for you that will include your name card and your honor cord, if you are receiving honors.
Plan on arriving at the convention center by 6:30 p.m. The marshals will do a roll call at that time. After the initial line up and check off, you will be free to move about the convention center to meet with family and friends, have pictures taken, etc.
Please remind your family and friends that the doors to the seating area will close at 7:50 pm and will not reopen until 8:15 pm. If they are late they will miss you marching in for graduation and the first part of the ceremony.
Your packets will be in alphabetical order A-L and M-Z. Your name card will have your name as it appears in the program and on your diploma. You will need to keep your card and hand it to the Academic Dean when you are ready to cross the stage.
If you have concerns about how your name will be pronounced, you can email Bridget in our office at Bridget.Aiello@kc.edu. In the subject line, please write “Name pronunciation for graduation.” In the body of the email, include the phonetic spelling of your name.
The GPA used for honors will be based on the cumulative GPA for all coursework taken at Kettering College. Your honor status will be printed on your diploma.
For fall graduates your official honors are based on the cumulative GPA at the end of fall semester.
For winter graduates your official honors are based on the cumulative GPA at the end of winter semester.
For summer graduates, your marching honors will be based on your cumulative GPA at the end of winter semester, but your official honors (honors printed on diploma) will be based on your cumulative GPA at the end of summer semester.
Final grades for winter semester should be available through the student portal by the Friday before graduation.
Below are the GPA honor levels. These are based on your cumulative GPA for all courses taken at Kettering College. We do not include the grades from your transfer courses.
GPA 3.9-4.0 = Gold Cord
GPA 3.75-3.89 = Red Cord
GPA 3.5-3.74 = White Cord
You need to be back to the staging area no later than 7:20 p.m. and lined up by 7:40 p.m.
The marshals will perform a double check. This is the time to make sure you have your name card. A program and parking pass will be placed on your assigned seat.
Please review the flow chart that was sent with the seating chart. It shows how you are to proceed through the graduation exercise.
After the faculty has marched out, the marshals will lead you to your seats.
You will follow the student in front of you.
When it is time for your major to proceed for graduation, the marshals will come to your row and you will follow them to line up.
On the Stage
Once in line, when it is your turn to walk across the stage, hand your name card to the academic dean and they will call your name as you walk to the president.
The president will hand you your diploma cover.
Please reach for the diploma cover with your left hand and shake the president’s hand with your right hand. Your left hand should go over your right hand.
Please hold this pose for a few seconds while your picture is taken by a professional photographer.
Then finish walking off the stage to return to your seat.
As the student in front of you is taking their picture with the president, you should hand your name card to the dean who will then read your name as you walk to receive your diploma.
After everyone has crossed the stage, the benediction will be given.
After the benediction, the marshals will lead the stage party off first.
The faculty will follow next.
You will follow the faculty, with the last row leaving first.
Please ask your family to remain seated until all of the students have been lead out.
You can meet your family in the lobby.
There will be areas where photos can be taken.
You will receive a diploma cover.
The Registrar’s Office will mail out the actual diplomas after all grades have been received and once all financial and other obligations to the college have been met.
Again, congratulations on a job well done and we look forward to helping make your graduation a memorable one.
The Registrar’s office staff