2017 Commencement Guide

Congratulations graduating seniors on your upcoming graduation and your many achievements! I am sure you are eager to celebrate your achievement with classmates, family, and friends at Commencement on May 7st.

Commencement is a festive time for the graduates, their families, alumni and the entire Tougaloo community. Please adhere to the information contained in this booklet to ensure that your commencement is a memorable one. You will find information about the events that celebrate senior achievements, details about attire, ceremonial protocol, parking, and helpful suggestions for making the most of this special time.

Your Tougaloo education has indeed provided the foundation you need to meet the many opportunities and challenges ahead. As you graduate and establish yourself in your chosen career or graduate or professional school, Tougaloo College will continue to support your endeavors through the Offices of Career Services and Alumni Affairs.

My very best wishes to you during your final semester at Tougaloo College! 

Asoka Srinivasan, Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Asoka Srinivasan
Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs


2016 Graduates

Events Schedule

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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Seniors’ Consecration Service

Woodworth Chapel
6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Beverly W. Hogan
President, Tougaloo College

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017
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Tougaloo College “State of the College” Luncheon
Holmes Hall Auditorium

12:00 Noon- 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Beverly W. Hogan
President, Tougaloo College

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017
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Baccalaureate Services
8:00 a.m.
Woodworth Chapel
Speaker: Dr. John M. Perkins
American Christian minister, civil rights activist, Bible teacher, author, philosopher and community developer.

Commencement Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
Tougaloo College Campus Green

Speaker: Mr. W. Randall Pinkston
Nationally Recognized American Journalist and News Anchor 

Robing Locations and Line-Up Schedules

Seniors’ Consecration Service
Woodworth Chapel

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Graduates – Chapel Overflow Room
Faculty – Woodworth Chapel Conference Room
Report for Line-up by 5:30 p.m.

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Baccalaureate Service
Woodworth Chapel
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 7:00 a.m.

Graduates – Holmes Hall Auditorium
Program Participants, Speaker and Faculty – Woodworth Chapel Conference Room
Report for Line-up by 7:30 a.m.

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Commencement Ceremony
(Click here for Live Stream)
Woodworth Chapel Lawn
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Graduates – Holmes Hall Auditorium
Golden Class – Woodworth Chapel Lower Level
Trustees, Speaker, Program Participants, Faculty & Staff – Coleman Library First Floor
Report for Line-up by 9:00 a.m.
Graduates and Golden Class Members Return Academic Regalia to the Chapel (Lower Level) immediately following the Commencement ceremony
All Others Return Academic Regalia to the Library immediately following the Commencement ceremony

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Commencement Rain Site
(Click here for detailed Graduation Rain Plan)

 

Alumni Events

 

Click here for TCNAA Schedule of Events

Click here for Registration and Ticket Form

 

Information for the Graduating Seniors
Preparing for Commencement

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science must have passed at least 124 semester hours. The following hours will not count towards graduation: developmental or remedial courses and repeated courses.
  2. Candidates for Associate of Arts degree must have completed 27 semester hours of general education requirements to include First-Year Seminar, Effective Writing, College Algebra, Art Appreciation, Computer Literacy, Comprehensive Health, Effective Speaking, and World History.
  3. Candidates for all degrees must have earned a “C” (2.00) cumulative grade point average.
  4. Candidates must earn a “C” in all general education courses and in courses required for the major.
  5. All Incompletes (“I”) must be resolved by April 15th of the spring semester.
  6. All candidates must successfully pass the English Writing Proficiency Examination and meet the College’s reading requirement.
  7. Candidates must meet all requirements set forth in the major, including the senior thesis, comprehensive examinations, graduate and professional examination score reports (if required), etc.
  8. Candidates must have completed sixty (60) hours of community service approved by the academic advisor and dean and documented by the Office of Student Success.
  9. All candidates are encouraged to sit for a curriculum audit with their major advisors as well as with the Registrar in the Office of Records.
  10. Candidates for graduation must pay in full all current debts to the College.
  11. If you are a Federal Stafford, Federal Direct Loan Borrower, or a Federal TEACH Grant recipient, you must complete the required Exit Counseling by April 15th at studentloans.gov. Follow the instructions for Exit Counseling. Submit printed confirmation of completion to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  12. All candidates must complete the Senior Clearance Sheet provided by the Office of the Bursar. The Senior Clearance Sheet should be completed in signature order. Signatures from the Office of Records and the Office of the Bursar may be secured after the final grades have been submitted and all degree requirements have been successfully completed and verified.

NOTE: Students found guilty of committing illegal acts such as submitting fraudulent documents, committing plagiarism, and/or falsifying documents will be removed from the graduation list and are subject to suspension or expulsion.

Participating in Commencement

  1. All candidates applying for graduation must complete an Application for Degree in the Office of Records by February 1st. This form is available in the Office of Records as well as on the Tougaloo College website at www.tougaloo.edu/commencement.
  2. All candidates must pay a $75.00 graduation fee, which covers the rental of your cap, gown and diploma. This fee is non-refundable. Only students with a current Application for Degree on file in the Office of Records will be considered for graduation.
  3. The Office of Records will conduct a graduating senior audit for those students who have applied for graduation. However, it is the student’s responsibility to meet with his/her advisor and to observe deadlines.
  4. The Office of Records will meet with prospective graduates during the month of October, by appointment only, for students planning to complete degree requirements in May and participate in Commencement.
  5. Receipt of a commencement letter does not signify that you have fulfilled all of your academic and financial requirements, only that your application has been received.

Honors at Graduation

Academic achievements of graduating seniors are recognized at Commencement. Graduation with academic distinction is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 to 4.00 for all undergraduate work completed at Tougaloo College prior to the awarding of degrees. Graduates who qualify for degrees with distinction wear a gold neck cord as part of their academic regalia. Tougaloo College honors students achieving grade point averages with the following distinctions:

        3.80 to 4.00 - Summa Cum Laude

        3.50 to 3.79 - Magna Cum Laude

        3.20 to 3.49 - Cum Laude

        3.00 to 3.19 – With Honors

Academic Attire

Degree candidates who wish to participate in Commencement are required to wear academic regalia. Graduates’ regalia will be distributed from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017, immediately following the Commencement rehearsal and senior lunch.

All students are required to wear academic regalia at three events during Commencement Weekend: Senior Consecration Service, Baccalaureate Service, and of course, the Commencement Ceremony.

Honor cords will be issued to eligible students with their academic regalia.  Honor cords from campus organizations may be awarded at the College’s Annual Honors Day or privately from the campus organization’s advisor.

Graduation stoles may be ordered and purchased from the Tougaloo College Bookstore. All graduates should wear dark, comfortable shoes. High heels are not recommended. All gowns and shirts should be pressed and without wrinkles.

The appropriate cap for Commencement is the black “mortarboard.”  The tassel should hang to the right side until the President confers the degree onto all students. At this time, tassels are moved to the left side.  The mortarboard is worn straight on the head with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead.

Seating

Guest seating is first come, first served. Inform your family and guests to be seated by 7:30 a.m. for the Baccalaureate Service and 9:30 a.m. for the Commencement Ceremony. Establish a meeting place with family and friends for after the ceremony. Guests with disabilities will be seated in the appropriate area upon arrival.

During the procession and ceremony, guests should remain seated to keep the aisles clear. At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests should remain in their seats until the recession of ceremony participants is complete.

During the procession and ceremony, guests should remain seated to keep the aisles clear. At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests should remain in their seats until the recession of ceremony participants is complete.

During the reading of graduate names, we ask graduates and their guests to be considerate in their applause and celebration so that each and every graduate receives the full and proper recognition s/he has earned. Please do not disrupt the ceremony.

PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT

Visitor’s Parking Areas

Lot C - Berkshire Hall
Lot D - New Women’s
Lot E - New Women’s
Lot I - Renner Hall
Lot N - Blackmon
Lot R - Trio
Lot S - Health & Wellness
Lot Q - Behind Warren Hall
Lot Y - Institutional Advancement

Graduates/Faculty/Staff

Lot H - Holmes Hall

Golden Class/Special Guest Parking

Lot A - Warren Hall

The Department of Public Safety will be responsible for directing all traffic. For additional information, please contact
Chief Edna Drake @ (601) 977-7876 or edrake@tougaloo.edu.

 

Commencement Photography

A professional photographer will take a photograph of each senior’s moment of recognition on stage.  For the convenience of everyone, you should not stop and pose, and should ask your guests to remain seated during the ceremony. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at for a digital link to student photos.  

Commencement Processional

Promptly at 10:00 a.m., the deans will lead all the candidates. Commencement marshals will guide you during the commencement ceremony. Everyone is to remain standing until the invocation is complete. Men are to remove their mortarboards during the invocation, the playing of the National Anthem, National Negro Anthem, or Alma Mater. 

Commencement Ceremony Protocol

The Commencement Ceremony will proceed as follows:

  • Presentation of Graduates

The Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will present candidates for degrees to the President.

  • Awarding of Degrees

Each Dean will introduce their graduates by stating: Will the candidates for XXX please stand and come forward. Please present your name card to the Dean, wait for your name to be called, and then proceed across the stage.

  • Receiving Your Degree

You will receive a degree cover only during the ceremony. Actual diplomas will be issued immediately following the ceremony by the Office of the Registrar.

  • Recessional

Following the recessional, the graduates should report to Holmes Hall Auditorium to return their academic regalia and obtain their degree.  

Information for the General Public

Commencement Etiquette

The Commencement Exercise is a formal academic ceremony. We ask that all guests respect the ceremony, seniors and other guests by behaving in a dignified manner. In keeping with decorum and the Tougaloo College tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guideline:

  1. Plan to arrive early and allow ample time to find parking and seating.
  2. Confetti, balloons and noisemakers are not permitted.
  3. Rude and disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Security personnel will be on-site to enforce these restrictions.
  4. Cellular phones should be turned off, on vibrate, or to their silent modes.
  5. During the reading of the seniors’ names, guests are asked to be considerate in their applause so that all names are clearly heard and ceremony audio taping is not disrupted.
  6. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony, which includes the recessional. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates.

Commencement Weekend Parking and Transportation

During Commencement weekend, arrangements are made for parking and shuttle transportation.

Disability Parking

Individual marked disability parking spaces are located throughout the campus. These spaces will remain reserved for vehicles displaying state-issued (any state) disability placards or license plates. All others will be cited. Temporary disability parking permits for mobility-impaired guests will be available from the Office of the Public Safety.  These Tougaloo-issued permits will only be valid in specially designated lots for the Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies. If you have a state issued permit you DO NOT need a Tougaloo College temporary permit.

Parking on Campus

To manage the significant congestion expected during commencement weekend, drivers will be directed to the appropriate parking lots by the Office of Public Safety based on the traffic and parking conditions at the time of their arrival.  Please use caution while traveling through this area of campus and allow extra time to reach your destination.  (Click her for parking chart.)

Seating

Guest seating is first come, first served. Inform your family and guests to be seated by 7:30 a.m. for the Baccalaureate Service and 9:30 a.m. for the Commencement Ceremony. Establish a meeting place with family and friends for after the ceremony. Guests with disabilities will be seated in the appropriate area upon arrival.

Rain Site

If it is determined due to severely inclement weather that we must utilize the rain plan, it will be announced by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 on the local television stations (WAPT, WJTV, and WLBT) and other available stations in the area. In case of inclement weather, all graduates and family members, faculty, staff, guests and alumni attending Commencement should report to Kroger Gymnasium.

Hotel Accommodations

Tougaloo College has made arrangements at a special rate for Commencement at the preferred hotels listed below. Room availability is limited, and space is not guaranteed, so make your reservations early. This list is provided as a courtesy to those seeking accommodations during Commencement Weekend. Tougaloo College does not endorse any hotel listed, or provide reservation assistance.

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS 

This list is provided as a courtesy to those seeking accommodations during Commencement weekend.
Tougaloo College does not endorse any hotel listed, or provide reservation assistance.

Hilton Jackson
1001 E. County Line Road
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 956-6100

Drury Inn
610 East County Line Road

Ridgeland, MS  39157
(601) 956-6100

The Courtyard by Marriott
6280 Ridgewood Court Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 956-9991

Residence Inn by Marriott
855 Centre Street
Ridgeland, MS  39157
(601) 206-7755

Cabot Lodge
120 Dyess Road
Ridgeland, MS  39157
(601) 957-0757

 

 

Event Date: 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 (All day)