2014 COMMENCEMENT GUIDE

A complete guide for graduates and their families

FRIDAY, MAY 9

4:00 p.m. Graduate Ceremony

SATURDAY, MAY 10

9:30 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony

rmu.edu/commencement


CONTENTS

General Commencement Information

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Schedule of Events
Ceremony Information
Seating Chart

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Schedule of Events
Ceremony Information
Seating Chart

ALL STUDENTS

Other Important Information for Graduates
Local Hotels and Driving Directions
Commencement Parking Map
About RMU/Campus Contacts

GENERAL COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

COMMENCEMENT LIVE STREAM

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

The 2014 Commencement Ceremony is available for viewing on the University's Vimeo page. To watch the ceremony, please select an option below.

Graduate Ceremony Undergraduate Ceremony
Commencement is the culmination of your years of hard work at Robert Morris University. You deserve an enjoyable experience, so read this guidebook carefully to ensure that your RMU commencement weekend becomes a source of lasting, happy memories.

Ceremonies and Tickets

Two commencement ceremonies will be held at Sewall Center Arena. The graduate ceremony for master's and doctoral degree students will be Friday, May 9, at 4:00 p.m. The undergraduate ceremony for bachelor's degree students will be Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are not required for guests at the graduate ceremony. All guests – including young children – must have tickets for admission to the undergraduate ceremony. Each undergraduate will receive up to four tickets for the ceremony. Students wishing to request extra tickets may sign up for the online ticket wait list on this website beginning Saturday, April 5. The wait list will close on Saturday, April 19, at midnight. Additional tickets will be distributed to students on the wait list should any become available.

Guest seating in the arena is on a first-come, first-served basis for both ceremonies. (Please note: Strollers are not permitted inside the arena. A designated stroller parking area will be provided.)

For answers to questions about academic issues, contact Academic Services at 412-397-6230.


Photography

Guests may not approach the stage to take photos or video while the ceremony is in progress. Handheld cameras and video cameras are permitted in the arena; tripods are not permitted. Please be respectful of other guests when taking photographs or video.

Professional photographers will take your picture as you receive your diploma on stage. Island Photography (800-869-0908) will then send you sample proofs via e-mail, and you will have the option of ordering from a variety of enlargements. There is no obligation to purchase.


Bronze Bob

Be part of a new university tradition! Get your picture in cap and gown with our new “Bronze Bob” statue, a gift of the Class of 2013 which will be unveiled this month on campus. Then share your photo on Twitter and Instagram with #bronzebob and on RMU’s Facebook page.

Parking

Parking so many people in a short time on commencement day is a challenge. Please follow these rules to keep traffic going as smoothly as possible on campus and nearby roads.

  • Do not drop off passengers directly in front of Sewall Center on Campus Drive. Instead, please proceed to the complimentary guest parking areas.
  • Because traffic is unusually heavy in Moon Township on commencement day, allow an extra hour to ensure that you
    are not late.
  • Do not park at the Moon Plaza shopping center.

Special Needs Seating and Parking

All general admission seating is located in the bleacher section of Sewall Center Arena. Individuals with special needs and older adults may find this type of seating inaccessible. Those who should request special needs reserved seating or parking passes in advance include:

  • Vision or hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair users
  • Unable to walk long distances or climb stairs

If you are in need of Special Needs Seating, please contact the Office of Student Life at 412-397-6489. Due to time factor, all requests must be picked up in person at the Office of Student Life before 5pm on Thursday, May 8.

Those with government-issued handicapped parking placards should still request a special needs parking pass to ensure enough spaces are reserved. Undergraduate ceremony tickets are also required for guests seated in the special needs reserved seating area. Due to space limitations, only one family member may accompany a guest sitting in the special needs reserved seating area.



Class Gift

The Class of 2014 will continue a Robert Morris University tradition by giving back to the university. This year, the Class of 2014 has elected to raise funds for medical supplies for the individuals in Nicaragua receiving care from RMU nursing students who travel there each year.

In order to reach our goal, we are seeking 100% participation from the Class of 2014. If you would like to make a gift in honor of your graduation, please visit rmu.edu/classgift or contact Marie-Claire Heller at 412-397-5420.