School of Graduate Studies Commencement Information

When and Where
 
Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4 pm in the O’Keefe Sports Complex, 225 Canal Street, Salem. For directions, visit salemstate.edu/maps.
 
Who Can Participate?
 
Students, who have completed all degree requirements during the summer 2013, fall 2013 and those completing their requirements by May 2014, will be eligible to participate in commencement. In addition, students who will complete their requirements during the summer 2014 term may participate if they meet specific guidelines. For complete information, visit salemstate.edu/registrar and click on "Graduation Information."
 
Ticket Information
 
Each graduating student who indicated their intent to attend a commencement ceremony and who received notification from the registrar’s office that they are eligible to participate in commencement, may reserve commencement tickets to his/her assigned ceremony. Visit ssucommencementtickets.com to reserve your tickets. Additional commencement ticket information, including instructions on how to login, may be found here [PDF].

Please note tickets are non-replaceable if lost or stolen. Tickets may not be copied, duplicated or altered in any manner. In addition, the sale of commencement tickets is prohibited. 

Caps and Gowns
 
All candidates participating in commencement exercises must wear proper academic regalia. Caps and gowns are provided to students who are eligible to participate in commencement at no additional cost. Students may pick up their cap and gown at the Grad Finale on April 7 and 8, 2014. 
 
Beginning April 9, caps and gowns will be available at the bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for additional information.


 
Event Admission Policy
 
All family members and guests must have a valid bar-coded ticket to be admitted to the O’Keefe Sports Complex, including children and guests with disability seating requests. There will be no exceptions. The arena will open at 3 pm.
 
Any guest who arrives once the ceremony is in progress will have restricted seating options and may be directed to the upper level of the arena.
 
NOTES: 
To exit the arena, all guests must present their ticket. Guests must show the same ticket for reentry. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
 
Any guest who arrives once the ceremony is in progress will have restricted seating options and may be directed to the upper level of the arena.
 
Also, please be aware that all bags are subject to inspection prior to admittance.
 
Graduates or Guests with Disabilities 
Individuals needing accessibility  accommodations will be able to request this service through the ticket reservation process. For more information, contact disability services at 978.542.6217 (TTY: 978.542.7146) (video phone: 978.910.0167) or visit the Berry Library, room G20, no later than Monday, May 5, 2014.
 
Parking
 
Degree candidate and guest parking will be available at North Campus, South Campus and the O’Keefe Sports Complex. Please note there is no shuttle service available for this ceremony.
 
Assembly of Candidates
 
Graduates should arrive at the O’Keefe Complex promptly at 3 pm. Late arrivals may not be admitted to commencement activities. If candidates need to leave the arena after checking in, they must show the index card (see below for more card information) and a hand stamp for reentry. Check-in will take place at the main entrance to the Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center. Commencement staff will assist the candidates with lining up in the Twohig Gymnasium and will guide them to the seating area on the rink floor.

There is no secure storage for personal belongings at the O’Keefe Sports Complex, so please plan accordingly.
 
Important!
 At check-in candidates will receive a colored 3 x 5” index card with a number. Keep this card with you at all times. The card will be presented on stage just prior to the announcement of your degree. It is also important that once candidates are placed in order in the gym by commencement staff, the candidates remain in that position. Because degrees are arranged in the order of the student lines, and each graduating student will receive an actual diploma, failure to maintain the correct place in line or to present the card on stage will result in the candidate not receiving his or her own diploma.


 
Decorum
 
We ask for your cooperation before, during and after the ceremony in helping us to present a program to your family and friends of which we can all be proud. Please remain in your seats until all graduates have received their diplomas and the ceremony is concluded.
 
Photography
 
A commercial photographer with a special high speed camera will take a picture of each student at the moment their degree is presented. A few weeks prior to commencement, degree candidates will receive detailed information in the mail from the photographer. For more information, contact Essex Commencement Photographers at 978.388.9832.
 
No private photographers will be allowed on the floor or near the stage.
 
Tobacco
 
Please be aware that since September 2011, Salem State University is a tobacco free campus.
 
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