Graduate Commencement Guide 2014
Western Connecticut State University will hold a Commencement solely for graduate and doctoral degree students at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014, in the Feldman Arena, O'Neill Convocation Center, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.
In addition to the conferring of graduate degrees and diplomas, the event will include a hooding ceremony at which each Master’s Degree candidate will be vested with the hood denoting his/her degree.
Who is eligible to participate in the 2014 Graduate Commencement?
- Students who completed their degree or diploma requirements at the end of the 2013 Fall Semester.
- Students who will complete their degree requirements in May 2014 and August 2014.
You will be assigned to a designated place in the Commencement procession and assigned to a seating section in the arena. This is necessary to recognize you formally as you come onto the stage to be introduced and vested with the hood denoting your Master’s or Doctoral Degree.
There will be plenty of seating in the Feldman Arena. No tickets or other method of reserving seats will be issued.
Access Ability Needs
Any student or a member of the student's family that requires special accommodations for the May Commencement ceremony must contact the Office of University Events (203) 837-8800 no later than Friday, April 25.
The university has negotiated special rates with local hotels for guests attending WCSU's Commencement festivities. To make your reservation, call the hotel of your choice directly. Book your reservation early to ensure room availability. When booking your reservation, make sure to ask for the special WCSU rate. We looking forward to seeing you on campus this May.
A reception will be held in the Feldman Arena after the ceremony for graduates and their guests.
Academic Dress – Academic Regalia
All participants in the academic procession are required to wear academic regalia. Graduates must order your academic regalia by Monday, April 7, 2014. Graduates can pick up their academic regalia at the Grad Salute on:
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
3 to 7 p.m.
Feldman Arena, O'Neil Center
WCSU Westside campus
All graduating students are invited to this event where they will have an opportunity to finalize their Commencement needs in one stop and pick up their pre-ordered academic regalia. Representatives will be on hand to assist students in making final graduation preparations. Complimentary food and fun activities will be available. Plus, enter to win a free custom WCSU diploma frame and other raffle prizes.
If you are unable to pick up your regalia at the Grad Salute, please ask a friend or family member to do it for you. Graduate regalia may also be picked up from the Office of Alumni Relations, located in Old Main 302.
For Ed.D. regalia, contact Helen Bechard at (203) 837-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to the Campus
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Driving directions following the ceremony
Cars leaving the campus after the ceremony will be directed West along Mill Plain Road. Interestate-84 can be accessed both eastbound and westbound at Exit 2, about three miles from campus.
All fees (cashier, library, parking, etc.) must be paid prior to Commencement or your diploma will be withheld.
Photographers from GradTrak Graduation Images will be on stage to photograph graduates. Proofs will be mailed to you after the ceremony. You are under no obligation to purchase. Visit www.gradimages.com or call (800) 424-3686 for information.
The university will stream the Commencement ceremonies on the WCSU Web site at no charge, starting the week after the ceremonies.
Flowers will be available for purchase at the event.
Invitations and Announcements
The WCSU Bookstore works with a company called Balfour to provide WCSU Commencement invitations and related materials. Go to http://www.balfour.com for more information.
The campus Bookstore will operate a sale area near the Commencement site
Diplomas will be mailed from the Registrar’s office approximately eight weeks after your graduation date.
WCSU Official Diploma Frames
Graduation from college is a huge accomplishment. What better way to display this great achievement than in an official WCSU diploma frame. For years to come, your diploma will remain safe and look impressive.
Visit Western's Diploma Frame Store online. There are several diploma frame styles to choose from and you can even design your frame online by choosing different mouldings, mats and glass styles depending on your taste. Graduates can also have the name of their academic school included on their diploma frame beneath the name of the university.
We also offer several desk accessories that feature an attractive and rich-looking two-toned engraved medallion with the Western seal. Some of the pieces can even be personalized with your name.
You can order your diploma frame and desk accessories online or by phone with a credit card at (203) 837-8298. To view diploma frame samples or to pick up a diploma frame brochure, visit the Office of Alumni Relations, located in Old Main 302.
Leave your legacy at Western by engraving your name and a special message on a 4 x 8 brick located in the Alumni & Friends Circle. The Alumni & Friends Circle, located in between Old Main and Fairfield Hall, houses an ensemble of inscribed bricks, trees, benches and light posts donated by alumni and friends of the university. Several brick paths now lead into the circle making it highly visible to students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors. Download the order form or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8298 for more information.
Short-term Medical Insurance
After graduation, many students lose their health insurance coverage under their parents' plans, making them vulnerable to high healthcare costs. GradMed provides protection from the major expenses associated with an accident or unexpected illness, providing coverage while job searching or waiting for new employee benefits to begin. An ideal product for new graduates, with GradMed you can choose a coverage period and deductible that meets your needs. Coverage can begin as early as the day after receipt of your application. For more information, visit the GradMed Web site.
New grads - take advantage of health and financial benefits available to you through your Alumni Association. Check out www.newgradzone.com to learn more about plans designed to help protect you as you transition into your new life. Don't wait - get into the zone!