Student Information for Commencement

If the weather is uncertain, a decision will be made whether the ceremony will be indoors or outside by 8 a.m. on the day of Commencement and posted on our web-site at www.atlantic.edu or via Text Alert. If you have not signed up for Text Alert go to the college web-site to sign up. The length of the ceremony is approximately 1½ hours.

    DATE:     Thursday, May 21, 2015
    TIME:      Commencement begins at 11 a.m.  
    PLACE:   Field behind main parking lot adjacent to the Gymnasium (Building "E").   

  • General Information
    • Arrive in J Lobby by 9:30 a.m. to line up for the Processional starts walking at 10:30 a.m. Late arrivers will sit at the back of the graduating class.
    • Once in J Lobby, look for signs with alpha letters hanging from the ceiling down the long hallway.  Please stand under the sign which has the letter of your last name.  Student Marshals will give you your name card, which will be used to call you up to the platform. Once you have your card, line up alphabetically.  Students with 4.0 GPAs will assemble at the front of the procession near the bookstore. 
    • Fair Weather Plan (Outside)         
    • The Marshals will lead you to the seating area on the field.  Please stand by your seat until the Chief Marshal, stationed on the platform, signals you to be seated.
    • 4.0 students will be called up to the platform first (alphabetically) followed by the rest of the graduating class (alphabetically).  Each graduate will be given a diploma folder.
    • Diplomas will not be handed out at Commencement. Once graduates are certified, diplomas will be mailed.   Please allow three to four weeks after Commencement to receive diplomas. If you have any questions, please contact Enrollment Services, 609-343-5645, 609-463-4774, ext. 5645 or rbattle@atlantic.edu
    • Please inform your relatives and guests that they will not be permitted to take pictures in the roped off areas around the platform and student seating. Ushers have been instructed to keep the areas clear for safety reasons.  PLEASE COOPERATE.
    • After all students have returned to their seats, please follow the High Honor student in the "changing of the tassel" ceremony.
    • There will be a Recessional Procession of the platform guests and faculty only.  Please remain standing in place until they have cleared the area.  After this, you may visit with your family and friends and use the platform area for taking pictures.

      NOTE: If windy, you may need bobby pins for your cap.  Please do not bring purses, there is no place to safely leave them. All phones and electrical devices must be on "vibrate" or turned off.

  • Rainy Weather Plan (Inside)

    DATE:    Thursday, May 21, 2015.
    TIME:     Commencement begins at 11 a.m. in the Gymnasium. 
    PLACE:  Gymnasium, Building E

                  (The length of the ceremony is approximately 1 1/2 hours)       

  • The Marshals will lead you to the seating area in the Gymnasium.  Please stand by your seat until the Chief Marshal, stationed on the platform, signals you to be seated.
  • Due to the number of graduates and limited seating, you received two (2) Gymnasium guest tickets and three (3) Viewing guest tickets while supply last.  Guests with Gymnasium tickets will be directed to the Gymnasium. First come first served. Then guest holding Viewing tickets will go to Building "C" Lobby where they will be directed to the simulcast viewing areas.
  • 4.0 students will be called up to the platform first followed by the rest of the graduating class.  Each graduate will be given a diploma folder.
  • Diplomas will not be handed out at Commencement. Once graduates are certified, diplomas will be mailed.   Please allow three to four weeks after Commencement to receive diplomas. If you have any questions, please contact Enrollment Services, 609-343-5645, 609-463-4774, ext. 5645 or rbattle@atlantic.edu
  • Please inform your relatives and guests that they will not be permitted in the area of the platform or in the aisles to take pictures.  Ushers have been instructed to keep the area clear for safety reasons..  PLEASE COOPERATE.
  • After all students have returned to their seats, please follow the High Honor student in the "changing of the tassel" ceremony.
  • There will be a Recessional Procession of the platform guests and faculty only.  Please remain standing in place until they have cleared the area.  After this, you may visit with your family and friends and use the platform area for taking pictures.

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