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This page has not been updated for 2014. Please visit rmu.edu/commencement for all updated information.
FROM: The Office of Academic Affairs
TO: Graduates of 2014
Congratulations on Your Pending Graduation,
Let me be the first to acknowledge your upcoming graduation and request that you read the following letter thoroughly.
Here at Robert Morris University, Commencement is our biggest day of the year - a true celebration that you will remember the rest of your life. You have begun a process that involves several important steps that are outlined on this page. Please ensure that you complete each step by the respective deadlines.
First, you should have completed your Graduation Application by the deadline date of January 27, 2014 - nothing happens until this form is submitted to Academic Services.
Second, you need to pay the $150 graduation fee. That may seem like quite a bit of money, but here at RMU your graduation fee covers your cap and embroidered gown with RMU signature tag, diploma and cover, graduation announcements, hood (for master's students), complimentary transcripts, the amenities of our Career Services Offices, a two-day Senior Salute, and tickets (for undergraduates; tickets are not required for the graduate ceremony) and souvenir programs to the Commencement ceremony that also includes a family reception with faculty and staff. A President's Aware dinner is provided to those awarded top honors in each of our 36 academic programs and, if you merit academic recognition, you will receive the appropriate cords, sashes, medallions, and stoles. This list goes on.
Third, you should complete the online Josten's Order Form to specify your cap and gown size, announcements, and shipping instructions. If you complete this form by February 13, you can opt to pick up your graduation materials (at no cost) during the April 1 & 2 Senior Salute or, for a $12 shipping fee, your packet can be shipped to the address of your choice. After February 13 until March 27th, your only option is to have the package shipped; again, for a $12 fee. After March 27th, Jostens cannot guarantee delivery of your regalia in time for you to participate in the commencement ceremonies. So PLEASE take this step very seriously. Order your cap and gown before the deadlines.
Fourth, attend Senior Salute, a special two-day event just for graduates. On April 1 and 2, from 11am until 7pm, you can stop by the Nicholson Student Center rotunda and confirm that your graduation application is in order, review your diploma information, pick up your regalia, visit with several organizations that are there just for seniors, and maybe purchase a class ring. Senior Salute is the official beginning of the graduation festivities.
Fifth, our RMU Sentry newspaper will be printing a special edition highlighting graduation and offering eighth, quarter, and half-page ads for parents, family, and fellow graduates to acknowledge their achievements. If you are interested in taking out one of these ads, contact Carrie Moniot, Student Media/New Media Advisor, at email@example.com or 412-397-6826. The deadline is April 1st. The special edition of the Sentry will be distributed at Commencement.
Academic Services stands ready to make your graduation day one of the most memorable days of your life. But YOU must do your part. Stop by our office in Patrick Henry 200 or call us at 412-397-6230 if you have any questions. But, please do so before the set deadlines that you see above. We look forward to seeing you at Commencement.
Lawrence A. Tomei, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Commencement 2013 Live Stream
Watch the live stream of the commencement ceremony at rmu.edu/live
Ceremonies and Tickets
Two ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 in Sewall Center Arena: a graduate ceremony (master's and doctoral degree students) on Friday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. and an undergraduate ceremony (bachelor's degree students) on Saturday, May 11 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. Due to the limited seating capacity of the arena, each undergraduate student will receive four (4) tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will be available for pick-up at Senior Salute on April 1 and 2. If the student does not pick up the tickets, they will be mailed, with prior arrangements, along with the cap and gown. Students wishing to request extra tickets will be able to sign up for the online ticket wait-list beginning Friday, April 5. The wait-list will close on Friday, 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.) For answers to questions about academic issues, contact Academic Services at 412-397-6230.
The bookstore is located on the first floor of Nicholson Center. Hours of operation for commencement week/weekend will be:
- Mon., May 6 - Thu., May 9 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Fri., May 10 - 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sat., May 11 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
All restrooms in Sewall Center will be open during the ceremony. Restrooms are located in the hallway just outside the arena as well as on the second floor.
Emergencies and First Aid
First aid is available in Sewall Center on the arena level. If you need emergency assistance while on campus, look for a campus phone and dial ext. 2424. Campus police will respond immediately.
Lost and Found
Look for lost items (or turn them in) at the Conference and Facility Services Office on the third floor of Sewall Center or call 412-397-3407.
The University alcohol policy will be in effect on commencement weekend. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages to commencement events.
Please be aware that traffic in Moon Township is unusually heavy on commencement day. To avoid being late, allow an extra hour.
Complimentary parking will be available for guests in designated campus parking areas on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Parking this many people in a short time on commencement day is difficult. Passengers may not be dropped off directly in front of Sewall Center on Campus Drive. Parking is not available in Moon Plaza.
The University provides shuttle service from several parking lots on campus to commencement. Shuttle stops are clearly marked and conveniently located near major parking areas. See the Commencement parking map for parking areas and shuttle stops.
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 passes or parking passes include:
- Visually impaired
- Hearing impaired
- Unable to walk long distances
- Unable to climb stairs
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 for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday. Due to space limitations, only one family member may accompany a guest sitting in the special needs reserved seating area.
The deadline to apply online is May 3, 2013. After May 3rd, Special Needs Seating and parking permits are still available. However, due to a time factor in receiving the tickets, graduates must contact Nancy Thomas in Student Life Office at 412-397-4352 to submit their request and to make arrangements to pick up the tickets before Wednesday, May 8th at 5:00pm.
Children's Play Area
For families with young children who may become restless during the ceremony, a play area for children ages 6 and younger is located in the Pennsylvania Suite on the third floor of Sewall Center. Children in this area must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The ceremony will be broadcast live in this room via closed-circuit TV, and tickets are not required for entry.
Hand-held cameras and video cameras are permitted in the arena; tripods are not permitted. Please be respectful of other guests when taking photographs or video. Guests may not approach the stage to take photos or video while the ceremony is in progress. Commencement photographs will be available for purchase.