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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 utilize this web page to communicate with you about the honor cords, name cards, and general graduation information. If you look over the information below and still have additional questions, feel free to reach out the associate registrar, Robert Reeder, with any additional questions.
There are links listed below to order regalia (cap & gown) and graduation announcements.
We will be compiling a slideshow of photos of our grads to show before the ceremony! Submit your photos below:
To accommodate you and your guests for the commencement ceremony at the Schuster Center, it will be a ticketed event. Each marching graduate will be allotted a maximum of 8 tickets for your guests so they will have a seat during the ceremony. **To request tickets, students will need to complete and submit the Graduation Ticket Form.** Tickets are free and only for admittance, not seat assignments. Seating will be first come, first serve on April 22. Doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow ticketed guests to choose their seat. Children two years old and younger can be held will therefore not need a ticket. We understand that there may be some of you that wish to bring more than 8 guests to celebrate your big day, therefore, you can request up to 4 additional tickets. These additional requested tickets are not guaranteed, but we will strive to accommodate as many students as we can as extra tickets become available.
**The ticket request form closed on March 15th, each marching graduate will be guaranteed 8 tickets. Additional tickets may be requested when you are filling out your request form. The additional requested tickets are not guaranteed, and will be given on a first come, first serve basis by the time stamp on the submitted form.
Your allotted tickets will be available at The Campus Corner for pick up April 8 starting at noon. Your tickets will only be released when you present your valid student ID. Be sure to keep your tickets in a safe place as these are necessary for admission into the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center. Lost tickets cannot be replaced. For any online or offsite graduate students, your tickets will be mailed to you at the address you listed on the form.
If you requested additional tickets above the 8 allotted, Bridget Aiello will contact you if any become available. These will be given on a first come, first serve basis by the time stamp on this submitted form.
If you have additional questions about graduation tickets, please email Bridget.Aiello@kc.edu.
Ticket Request Form
The ticket request form is now closed.
Ordering Graduation Announcements
Please click on the link below to order your graduation announcements:
Your order will take 24 hours to process. After processing, your order will be shipped and will arrive within 7 – 10 business days.
Ordering Graduation Regalia
Please click on the link below to order your graduation regalia (cap and gown). The last day to order your regalia will be April 1, 2019.
Also, there are instructional videos demonstrating the proper way to wear your cap and gown during the graduation ceremony. Click below to view:
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.
Graduate Seating Arrangements
In April, you will be emailed a layout of the seating arrangement and the student marching order (make sure to check your KC email account). 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.
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 the 2019 graduation marching honors, your official honors will be based on the fall 2018 cumulative GPA–this change is only for the 2019 graduation commencement ceremony.
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
Parking at Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
Commencement Ceremony Location: Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 4540
The Schuster Center parking will be free during this event. The parking bar will be raised and 500 spots will be available. There is also street parking available as well which is free on the weekends.
Graduate and Guest Arrival
We will allow students and their guests into the Schuster Center lobby beginning at 4:30 p.m. Seating will not begin in the Mead Theatre until 5 p.m. for family and guests. Please come dressed in your graduation regalia. Graduates need to give all valuables to family or guests as there will be no place to easily leave bags and belongings in the lobby of the Schuster Center.
Class photos will be taken before the ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. We will post the exact location and time for these class photos closer to the graduation ceremony. We will also email you these class photo times in April (make sure to check your KC email account).
During the Ceremony: Marching
When it is time for the graduates to march into the Schuster Center, the graduation 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. Specific information about marching order will be included in an email we send to you in April (make sure to check your KC email account).
During the Ceremony: 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 shake hands with 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.
During the Ceremony: Benediction
After everyone has crossed the stage, the benediction will be given. After the benediction, the graduation 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 during the graduation ceremony.
Diplomas will be sent two to four weeks after the graduation date for fall, winter, and summer semester.
For the diploma to be sent:
- All grades have been received, and all program requirements must be completed.
- The graduate must have met all financial obligations to the college.
- All loan exit counseling must be completed (this includes federal, Perkins, and Nursing Student Loan).
If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please email the registrar office.
Again, congratulations on a job well done and we look forward to helping make your graduation a memorable one.
The Registrar’s office staff