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 website at www.atlantic.edu.  The length of the ceremony is approximately 1½ hours.

Fair Weather Plan

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

    • Arrive in J Lobby by 9:30 a.m.  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. When you have your card, line up alphabetically.  Students with 4.0 GPAs will assemble at the front of the procession near the bookstore.             
    • 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 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 roped off areas around the platform and student seating to take pictures. Ushers have been instructed to keep the areas clear.  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.

Rainy Weather Plan

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

  • Arrive in J Lobby by 9:30 a.m.  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. When you have your card, line up alphabetically.  Students with 4.0 GPAs will assemble at the front of the procession near the bookstore.             
  • 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 (3) guest tickets.  Guests with tickets will be directed to the Gym (first come first served), then to Theater for simulcast viewing of the event.
  • 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 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.  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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