Commencement 2014

Husson University Class of 2014 Commencement Information

This information is published by the Commencement Committee to help answer any questions you might have about your commencement. After you read this, if you still have questions, please call Julie Green at 941-7129, or email greenj@husson.edu.

Ceremonies

Bangor

The Husson University Bangor  Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Cross Insurance Center at 515 Main Street in Bangor. You will be directed where to line up when you arrive at the facility. Please arrive there at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.  However, early arrival is recommended to avoid traffic congestion and to obtain choice seating.

We estimate that the ceremony will last 2 hours.

Westbrook

The Husson University Southern Maine Commencement will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Woodfords Corner Congregational Church in Portland.  For more information about the Southern Maine ceremony, click here.

Hooding Ceremony

The graduate hooding ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Newman Gymnasium on the Husson Bangor campus.  All students receiving either a masters or doctoral degree are encouraged to attend. Students should arrive at the gym by 6 p.m.  The hooding ceremony signifies a scholarly and personal achievement.  In a symbolic gesture of being honored, graduates remove their mortar boards just prior to being hooded.  To recognize the significance of receiving a graduate degree, each student will be hooded individually by the Dean of their school.  You should wear your cap and gown and carry your hood with you to the ceremony.   More information will be sent to you in early April. 

Directions to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor

From I-95 North or South:

Take Exit 182A to I-395 East.
Follow to Exit 3B (Main Street)
Take a right onto Main Street
Take a left onto Buck Street at the Third light
Parking is to the left; Enter through the Civic Center parking lot

From Route 1A:

From Ellsworth, travel to I-395 West
Follow to Exit 3 (Main Street).
Take a right onto Main Street
Take a left onto Buck Street at the second light
Parking is to the left; Enter through the Civic Center parking lot

Petition to graduate

In order to take part in the commencement activities, you must petition to graduate. Go to estudent.husson.edu and click on Graduation Petition. Please read all directions and information carefully when submitting your petition because the data submitted on this form is used to generate your diploma and commencement documents.

Caps and gowns and announcements

The bookstore will begin distributing Commencement Regalia on Monday April 21st.  The following are answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

· What is regalia?  Commencement regalia includes a cap, gown & tassel. If you are receiving a master or doctorate degree you will also receive a hood.

· Do I have to preorder my regalia?  No, you do not need to preorder. As long as you have petitioned to graduate you are able to pick up your regalia.

· When & where can I pick up my regalia? Starting Monday April 21st, in the bookstore, during regular business hours which are 9am-4pm Monday – Friday.

· Do I have to pay when I pick up my regalia? No, there is no payment due when you are picking up your regalia. 

· You must have a photo ID with you.

· I am not able to get into the store to pick up my regalia, can I have it shipped to my home?  Yes, we can ship your regalia if you cannot get into the store. There is a $7.50 shipping charge that can be paid over the phone using a credit card. When you call we will need the shipping information as well as your major and height information.

· How do I get Announcements?  When you pick up your regalia you will received 10 announcements and envelops.

· Can I have an extra tassel?  Additional tassels may be purchased for $3.

· When is the latest I can pick up my regalia?  The bookstore will distribute regalia through exam week. However, we recommend getting in early to ensure we have your size in stock. Especially if you consider yourself a ‘unique’ size.  This will allow us time to special order an outfit if we do not have your size in stock. 

Other information:

· The bookstore stocks Diploma Frames that fit all Husson diplomas.

· Visit our website to find out about purchasing a Class Ring.  www.hussonshop.com  Use the Josten’s ring designer and customize a ring just for you!

· The bookstore will have a select amount of merchandise available for purchase at Commencement, but will not be open Commencement day. 

Special needs

If you or one of your guests have special needs,  you must either call 941-7129, or email greenj@husson.edu, to let us know so we can make the appropriate arrangements. 

Parking

Commencement guests will be directed to parking areas by the Security Staff.

Photography

For your benefit we have made arrangements with Maineline Studio of Calais, Maine, for a professional photographer to record the moment you receive your degree. The full-color proofs of these photos will be mailed to your home approximately one week after your commencement. Families are asked to remain in their seats.

Degrees and honors

Each graduate will receive an empty degree folder. Personalized degree certificates will be mailed after the completion of full academic review. The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2014 will be announced at the ceremony.

Hotel accommodations

For the Bangor ceremony the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has established a contact for Husson students and their guests to use for help with finding accommodations. You can reach the CVB at 947-5205. 

Calendar of events

April 3 --  Top Scholars Dinner -- Graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.6 or higher will be honored at the Sixth Annual Top Scholars’ Dinner on Thursday, April 3, in the Campus Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

April 16 --  Graduate and Alumni Social -- April 16, 5:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn -- a chance to network with area alumni and community leaders.  Questions? call Alumni Relations at 941.7170.

April 29 -- College of Business Awards Convocation, April 29, 5 p.m., Gracie Theatre  

April 30 -- School of Science & Humanities Awards Evening, Wednesday, April 30, Kominsky Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

May 9 -- Nurses Pinning Ceremony Friday, May 9, 5 p.m. Newman Gymnasium

May 9 -- Senior Party, Friday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Sports Arena.  Questions? email reaa@my.husson.edu

May 10 -- NESCom Commencement Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. Newman Gymnasium

May 10 -- School of Education Graduate Counseling and Human Relations Reception, 106 LLC, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

May 10 -- Graduate Hooding Ceremony Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m. Newman Gymnasium

May 11 -- Bangor Commencement Ceremony Sunday, May 11, 2 p.m. Cross Insurance Center

May 17 -- Southern Maine Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m. Woodfords Corner Congregational Church in Portland