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May 2014 Commencement

Visit the streaming page to watch the graduation events online.

Dear graduates, family, and friends: The following information is to help you plan for graduation weekend.  May 2013 graduation program is available here.

May 2, 2014
Graduate Breakfast, 8:00a.m., Collegedale Church Fellowship Hall
Graduation Practice, 9:00a.m., Iles P.E. Center
Social Work Pinning, 6 p.m., Ackerman Auditorium
Rho Iota Induction, 6:30 p.m., Florida Hospital Hall, Room 1210
Consecration, 8 p.m., Collegedale Church, Speaker: Victor Czerkasij

May 3, 2014
Sabbath School, 10 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center
Baccalaureate, 11:30 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center, Speaker: Dr. Greg King
    Please note: This year we will be sharing space on Sabbath with Covenant College, and we need
    to be out of the facility as swiftly as possible following the program. Thank you in advance for your
    cooperation.
School of Education and Psychology Dedication, 4 p.m., Collegedale Church
School of Nursing Dedication, 7 p.m., Chattanooga Convention Center

May 4, 2014
Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Chattanooga Convention Center, Speaker: Greg Vital (The Convention Center does not allow Helium balloons inside the facility due to potential hazards to their ventilation system. They will fine anyone bringing balloons into their facility $200.)
For information on how to arrange private parties at the convention center, click here.
For a map of the facility and the locations where each school or department will be meeting after the recessional, click here
Instructions given to students at Graduation Practice are available in .pdf form, for the benefit of those who may not be able to attend the practice. Please click here to view them.

Graduation events will be streamed. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Cafeteria hours - Graduation Weekend
Friday, May 2, 2014
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Supper: 5:00 - 5:30pm

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Lunch: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Supper: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Sunday, May 4, 2014
CLOSED

   Deli at Village Market

   Friday, May 2, 2014
   Breakfast: 7:00 - 9:30am
   Lunch: 10:30 - 2:00pm
   Salad Bar: 7:00am - 2:00pm

   Saturday, May 3, 2014
   CLOSED

   Sunday, May 4, 2014
   Brunch: 8:00a - 3:00p
   Salad Bar: 8:00a - 5pm
 

To find out about a pre-paid "debit" card to use at the cafeteria, contact ID Card Services (before Noon on Friday, May 2) at: 423.236.2707

 


GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

 

 

Dear Graduate:

We are delighted that you have arrived at this point and that you are prepared to enter into a life of service for your creator.  The faculty has evaluated your work, the records office has verified you have met graduation requirements for your respective degrees, and the moment has arrived.  Our prayer for you as graduates is that daily you will live the mission of Southern Adventist University by modeling Christ-likeness, pursuing truth and wholeness, and engaging in a life of service. 

The information found below will help you prepare to participate in graduation ceremonies and will also provide you with information your families and friends will need to know if they plan to join you at graduation (in person or over the Internet via web streaming).

Sincerely,
Robert Young
Senior VP for Academic Administration

Spring 2014 Graduation Schedule

  • Graduate Breakfast: Friday, May 2, 8:00 a.m., Collegedale Church Fellowship Hall. Come and go breakfast for graduates only. The Alumni Office provides this meal.
  • Graduation Practice: Friday, May 2, 9:00 a.m., Iles PE Center -- It is important that you attend the practice on Friday a.m. Detailed instructions will be given regarding the procedures for Sunday morning. We will not have an opportunity to practice at the Convention Center, so you need to know in what order you will be marching and find out who will be sitting next to you.
  • Social Work Pinning: 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, Ackerman Auditorium. 
  • Consecration: 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, Collegedale Church. 
  • Sabbath School:10:00 a.m., Sabbath, May 3, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street). (NOTE: It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Southern's campus. The class officers and sponsors plan the program.)
  • Baccalaureate:11:30 a.m., Sabbath, May 3, Chattanooga Convention Center.
  • Education/Psychology Dedication: 4:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 3, Collegedale Church. Special video presentation honoring students is part of the program.
  • Nursing Dedication: 7:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 3, Chattanooga Convention Center. 
  • Commencement: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 4, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street).Graduates need to go Halls C-D by 8:30 a.m. and no later than 9:00am to line up.  Be sure to bring regalia (gown, cap, tassel and hood) as it is required to march.  Please allow enough time to drive, park and be at the appropriate place on time. PLEASE NOTE: the Convention Center does NOT allow helium balloons in their facility. They will fine anyone $200 for bringing them inside.

 

Regalia

Order regalia (gown, cap, hood, tassel) at www.cbgrad.com before March 31. Only university sponsored sashes/cords will be permitted to be worn with your regalia. 

Honor Cords

Those eligible to receive honor cords should pick them up at the Records Office during test week at the posted normal working hours. (Honor cords are for Associates and Bachelors graduates.)

Philanthropy Cords

All seniors who participate by giving to the class gift will receive a royal blue philanthropy cord from the Advancement office.  These will be handed out during the senior breakfast and at graduation practice on May 2. If you have not already participated, click here to do so.

Noisemakers, etc.

In our pursuit of a respectful graduation service we ask that you and your family do not use any noisemakers or mess- making devices including but not limited to: air horns, silly string, poppers, etc. Please be sure your family members are aware of this restriction. These items will be respectfully confiscated if found, and may be returned to their owners after the ceremony. Thank you for abiding by this policy to assure a smooth graduation service.

Parking

The parking garage at the Convention Center has been reserved for graduates and guests attending the Sabbath School, Baccalaureate, and Commencement services. It is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a passenger drop-off area in front of the entrance to Exhibit Hall A (south end of the building), where all services will be held. NOTE: It is a long walk from the parking garage to the Exhibit Hall. Go to www.southern.edu and click on Graduation button for directions.

Photos

You will be given a 5 x 7 photograph of you receiving your diploma. A few days after graduation you will receive your print in the mail. You may pre-register your email address to receive a message letting you know when you may view the photos that were taken of you at graduation and to receive a $5 off coupon on your order. Go to www.southern.edu after April 15 and click on the graduation button for the registration link.

Recordings

DVD, video, and audio recordings of the services are available through the Campus Shop. Please visit www.saucampusshop.com or call 423-236-2152.

Services Streamed on Web

For family and friends unable to attend and have access to the Internet, the Consecration, Sabbath School, Baccalaureate, and the Commencement services will be streamed live. Visit the web streaming page to view the event. Let family and friends know so they can plan.

Exit Interview

If you have a federal loan, government regulations require that you complete an exit interview. Prior to graduation please go to www. southern.edu (under Current Student, Students Finances, Loans. At the bottom of the page you’ll see the link for the exit interview) to do an online exit interview or visit your Student Finance Counselor.

Flowers

This year spring bouquets of flowers for $12.00 (tax included--this was the price for 2013, and may change for 2014) may be purchased at the Convention Center. The Village Market is providing this service for you. Checks/cash will be accepted. No credit cards.

Graduation Party

If you are planning a graduation party, contact Sharon Luke, director of Conference Services and Events, at 423-236-2555 or visit the website www.southern.edu/conferenceservices for information on how Southern can help you plan a special celebration event.

Lodging

Visit www.southern.edu/conferenceservices for University rates. If you would like to stay in Ooltewah, negotiated rates are available at the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn off Exit 11. Go to www.southern.edu/conferenceservices for additional information.

Convention Center Cafe

The Convention Center Cafe (located in the north end of the hallway of Exhibit A and B) is opening Sunday morning and will have a variety of bagels, fruit, juices, hot drinks, etc. for your convenience.

 

Directions to Convention Center

 

Spring 2014 Graduation Schedule

  • Graduate Breakfast: Friday, May 2, 8:00 a.m., Collegedale Church Fellowship Hall. Come and go breakfast for graduates only. The Alumni Offices provides this meal.
  • Graduation Practice: Friday, May 2, 9:00 a.m., Iles PE Center
  • Social Work Pinning: 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, Ackerman Auditorium
  • Consecration: 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, Collegedale Church
  • Sabbath School:10:00 a.m., Sabbath, May 3, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street). (NOTE: It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Southern's campus. The class officers and sponsors plan the program.)
  • Baccalaureate:11:30 a.m., Sabbath, May 3, Chattanooga Convention Center
  • Education/Psychology Dedication: 4:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 3, Collegedale Church
  • Nursing Dedication: 7:00 p.m., Sabbath, May 3, Chattanooga Convention Center
  • Commencement: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 4, Chattanooga Convention Center, Downtown Chattanooga (1150 Carter Street)

Photos

Graduates will receive a 5 x 7 photograph of them receiving their diploma from Gordon Bietz. A few days after graduation graduates should receive the print in the mail. If graduates pre-register an email address, they will receive a message when photos are available to be viewed online. Go to www.southern.edu after April 30 and click on the graduation story for the registration link.

Recordings

DVD, video, and audio recordings of the services are available through the Campus Shop. Please visit www.saucampusshop.com or call 423.236.2152 to order.

Services Streamed on Web

For family and friends unable to attend and have access to the Internet, the Consecration, Baccalaureate, and the Commencement services will be streamed live. Visit the web streaming page to view the event. Let family and friends know so they can plan.

Graduation Party

If you are planning a graduation party, contact Sharon Luke Robberson, director of Conference Services and Events, at 423-236-2555 or visit the website www.southern.edu/conferenceservices for information on how Southern can help you plan a special celebration event.

Lodging

Visit www.southern.edu/conferenceservices for special rates. If you would like to stay in Ooltewah, negotiated rates are available at the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn off Exit 11. Go to www.southern.edu/conferenceservices for additional information.

Convention Center Cafe

The Convention Center Cafe (located at the north end of the hallway of Exhibit A and B) is opening on Sunday morning and will have a variety of bagels, fruit, juices, hot drinks, etc. for your convenience. 

 

Directions to Convention Center

 

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