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Wolfe Hall 1227 (MC)
Phone: 419.530.2010
Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center 155 (HSC)
Phone: 419.383.1904 pharmacy@utoledo.edu

CPPS Commencement
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 AM (graduates to arrive by 9:15 AM)
John F. Savage Arena

The Ceremony (Spring ONLY)
Candidates will line up in an assigned staging area within the John F. Savage Arena starting at 9:15 PM. Staff members will be available to help in lining up of the candidates. Only candidates are permitted in this area. Programs for students will be on their seats in the auditorium.

The ceremony begins promptly at 10:00 AM ~  No tickets are required ~ any number of family, friends, and guests can attend. During the ceremony, which will last approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours, the University Official, the Dean, and staff members will provide directions. Please listen and watch carefully for their signals.

The Processional
Candidates will leave staging area at 9:55 AM and move into the auditorium at 10:00 AM. Staff members will direct you where to sit. Please be seated as soon as you reach your proper seat.

The National Anthem and Invocation
Please stand at the prompting

Welcome and Introduction of Distinguished Guests
    
Dr. Johnnie L. Early, II, PhD, RPh
    
Dean and Professor

Conferring of Honorary Degree
     Dr. Nagi Naganathan
     UT Interim President

Special Presentation
     Introduction of Outstanding Teacher and Professor

Conferring of the PhD, PharmD, and Masters Degrees
At the prompt from Dean Early, the candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Pharmacy, and Masters degree will stand while the University Official confers the degree "en masse."  Hooding and diplomas will then be presented.  See below.

Diploma Ceremony: PhD, PharmD, and Masters Graduates
During this phase of the ceremony, all graduates are to be seated except for those approaching the stage to receive their diploma. At the prompting of the staff member, the first row will approach the stage and stand in front of the steps on the far right side of the stage. The ceremony will move from stage right to stage left (as you face the stage). Each graduate will be called to the stage in the order of hooding. A staff member will be positioned on the stage steps to check the order of the graduates before they go on stage.

Graduates:
     1.  Walk across the stage to the Hooding area.

     2.  Turn around (your back to the hooder), 
          stand on the "X" marked on the floor.

     3.  The hooder will place the hood on you and tap you on
          the shoulder to leave the stage.  (The next graduates
          name is called as soon as the hood is placed on you.)

     4.  Immediately walk across the stage to the diploma table,
          shake hands with the Dean and receive the diploma cover.
          Shake hands with President, Provost, and/or Board of Trustee
          members who may be standing on the stage.

     5.  Proceed down opposite side of stage to area for photographs
          by professional photographer. 

     6.  After photos, all graduates will proceed behind the staked flags to the
          center and proceed down the ramp to your seat.

     7.  Award recipients ~ after photo(s), proceed to the Awards
          table (behind flags and directly in front of the stage), receive congratulations 
          from faculty and receive award(s).

     8.  All graduates should remain in their seats until the end of the 
          ceremony.

PharmD graduates will receive the Oath of a Pharmacist as they exit the stage.

Administration of Oath of a Pharmacist
     PharmD graduates
will turn to the Oath of a Pharmaccist when instructed.

PharmD Valedictory Remarks

Conferring of Baccalaureate Degrees
The Dean will ask the Baccalaureate graduates from each degree to rise and will present them to the University Official. When all degrees have been presented and are standing, the Official will confer the degrees. Led by staff members, candidates will file to the platform, one row at a time, cross the platform, receive their diplomas from the Official as their names are called, return to their seats, and be seated.

Diploma Ceremony: Baccalaureate Graduates
During this phase of the ceremony, all graduates are to be seated except for those approaching the stage to receive their diploma. At the prompting of the staff member, the first row will approach the platform in front of the stage . The ceremony will move from platform right to platform left (as you face the platform ). Graduates will be called to the platform in alphabetical by major. A staff member will be positioned at the platform to check the order of the graduates before proceed.

Graduates
:

     1.  Walk across the stage to the diploma table, shake hands with the Dean and
          receive the diploma
cover. (The next graduates name
          is called as soon as you receive your diploma.)
          
     2.  Proceed down opposite side of stage to area for photographs
          by professional photographer. 

     3.  After photos, all graduates will proceed behind the staked flags to the
          center and proceed down the ramp to your seat.

     4.  Award recipients ~ after photo(s), proceed to the Awards 
          table (behind flags and directly in front of the stage), receive congratulations
          from faculty and receive award(s).

     5.  All graduates should remain in their seats until the end of the
          ceremony.

BSPS Valedictory Remarks


Welcome from the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate
     
Mr. Steven Meyer, President of UTCPPS Affiliate

Recessional
Please remain seated until the staff members signal your row to rise and join the recessional line. The lines will move out after the faculty.

As you leave the theater, faculty will be lined up to congratulate you.

As a courtesy to all those attending commencement, graduates and guests are asked to refrain from using horns and other noisemakers during the ceremony.

Last Updated: 3/22/15