NSU students celebrate graduation
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NSU students celebrate graduation

Published 12/7/17

Julie Ferguson

TNE Writer

In a couple of weeks NSU will have its 2017 commencement ceremonies on its Tahlequah campus. At this time, students will walk across the stage and ceremonially receive the bachelor’s and master’s degrees they have spent years completing.

“Graduation is the actual conferral of the degree by the Registrar’s Office and means that students have completed all requirements necessary for the degree program and in some cases professional credential,” said Dr. Pam Fly, associate vice president of academic affairs. “Once someone applies to graduate, degree conferrals happen whether or not an individual attends the commencement ceremony.”

NSU has developed guidelines for dress and academic regalia that reflect academic customs and traditions in accordance with the Academic Costume Code of the American Council on Education. These guidelines cover what the graduation cap should look like.

“ACE guidelines specify an unadorned cap, and NSU has chosen to follow those with the exception of allowing Native American students the option of beading the edge of the cap in recognition of NSU’s Native American cultural background,” said Fly. “Decorated caps can cause disruptions and are inappropriate to the solemnity of the occasion. Students may purchase an additional cap to decorate as a keepsake or for pictures outside the ceremony. In the lineup area and ceremony arena, only plain caps are allowed.”

This year the Commencement Committee has chosen to allow organizations to submit stoles to be worn at graduation. The approved stoles can be located on the NSU commencement website. New this semester, students may elect to purchase an NSU stole, which is available to all commencement participants. It is a white stole with a green embroidered seal.

“The idea behind the stole is it is a stole of gratitude so you wear it the day of commencement, but then after commencement you’re able to either write a message on the back or present it to someone that helped you along the way,” said Dewayne Campbell, RiverHawk Shoppe general manager. “That can be parents, friends, spouses or professors. It is all about being able to show who helped you with your educational experience some gratitude.”

The guest speaker for this year at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony is Mr. Joe Crittenden, deputy principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Commander Julie Erb-Alvarez, a commissioned officer for the U.S. Public Health Service, will share remarks at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.  Both were recognized earlier this year as NSU Distinguished Alumni.

“Finally being able to graduate after almost five years feels great,” said Eden Nagy, Tulsa senior. “I know when I walk across that stage and get my degree these last couple years will all be worth it.”

If a student has not purchased a cap and gown, the RiverHawk Shoppe tries to keep everything in stock until the day of graduation.

“We sell caps and gowns right up to the day of graduation,” said Campbell. “However, the closer we get to graduation, the more chance we may be out of a size so we do suggest students buy as soon as possible. We hold a grad fair in the fall and the spring and that is the kick off to our selling season, but we suggest they do buy ahead of time so that we have their size in stock and to ensure we do take care of all our students before graduation.”

The commencement ceremony for the College of Business & Technology and the College of Liberal Arts is Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Education and College of Science & Health Professions is Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

For any questions about commencement, visit the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of the CASE Building.


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