All members of the graduating class of 2017 of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, who meet the criteria detailed below, are encouraged to make an application to be considered as a Student Commencement Speaker at the ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
**Speech submissions are due to the Office of the President, Lawrence Hall, by Friday, March 24, 2017**
Three student speakers, one representing each of Rosemont's schools, will be selected by a Committee composed of the President, the Vice President for Mission, the Academic Dean of the Undergraduate College, the Academic Dean of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Chair of the Commencement Committee.
Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:
- At least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
- All graduation requirements completed by May 2017
- Good standing with the College (neither academic nor non-academic probation)
- No "I" grade on transcript
Eligible candidates are required to submit a typed, 3-minute speech that focuses on the following theme, drawn from our mission statement:
Rosemont College is a community of lifelong learners dedicated to academic excellence and fostering joy in the pursuit of knowledge. Rosemont College seeks to develop in all members of the community open and critical minds, the ability to make reasoned moral decisions, and a sense of responsibility to serve others in our global society.
Along with her or his speech, each candidate is also required to submit a written
faculty or facilitator recommendation. All materials are due in the Office of the
President no later than Friday, March 24th; no late submissions will be considered.
The Committee will rate all speeches anonymously. Criteria will be as follows: adherence to theme, originality, content, organization, and style. If several speeches from each school receive high rankings, the final selection will be made on the basis of grade point average and service to the College. In early April, the Committee will notify the three students who are selected to serve as Commencement Speakers.
On behalf of the Committee, I encourage every eligible student to submit a speech. We eagerly anticipate the excellent contributions that our three student speakers will make to the success of Commencement Day 2017!
- Academic obligations:
- All 2017 degree candidates must have completed the diploma form by March 31st (which will be emailed to the student's Rosemont email address in early March). Degree candidates must fulfill all academic requirements as outlined in the Academic Catalogue for their degree and program. Students who do not meet the academic criteria will be ineligible to participate in the 2017 Commencement. To verify academic eligibility, undergraduates should contact the Student Academic Support Center and SGPS students should contact their program advisor.
- Financial obligations
- All financial obligations to Rosemont College must be met before Commencement. A student with outstanding debts will not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, and will not receive a diploma until the debt is settled. Financial status may be verified by contacting Student Accounts at 610.527.0200 ext. 2243
Bathrooms are located in the Library and Cardinal Hall only. Main Building and Connelly Hall are closed to the public.
Yes, a $10 lunch buffet is available in Cardinal Hall, and concessions are sold on Connelly Green during the ceremony. (Volunteers, Graduates, and VIP guests are free. A list will be in Cardinal.)
Gowns may be picked-up in the Bookstore, located in the lower level of Alumnae Hall. Proper I.D. is required and students must be academically and financially cleared.
General seating on Connelly Green is available on a first-come basis. The lawn will open at 12:30 p.m. Special seating areas, for the families of the speakers, legacies, and handicapped will be available for those who contacted the Office of College Relations in advance. Please note handicapped seating is available on a first-come basis and limited to one escort per guest.
Approximately 2 hours.
1:00 p.m. All graduates check-in and line-up, as follows:
Undergraduate College – Rotwitt Lobby (Front Half)
School of Graduate Studies – Rotwitt Lobby (Back Half)
School of Professional Studies – Rotwitt Lobby (Back Half)
All faculty and platform party check-in and line-up, as follows:
All faculty – Immaculate Conception Chapel
Platform party/senior staff – Main Building
Honor cords were presented at April’s Academic Honors Day and are distributed to graduates of the Honors Program at check-in in Rotwitt Lobby.
Latin honors are awarded to graduating seniors in the School of Professional Studies and the Undergraduate College who have earned a minimum of 57 credits in residence at Rosemont College with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.67. Latin honors are calculated based on grading information available up until the program publication deadline.
The honors designation in cursu honorum is awarded to students in the Undergraduate College who have fulfilled the requirements of the Rosemont College Honors Program.
Graduates will be seated in the front of the stage on Connelly Green. When the time for awarding of the degrees arrives, the marshals will instruct the first row of graduates to stand and move towards the stage. The graduate goes up the steps and hands the Name Card to the Dean. The Dean then announces the graduate’s name. The graduate then walks across the stage, shakes hands with the President, is handed a diploma, goes off the stage, back to their seat, and sits down. Photos are taken during the hand-off and as the graduate exits the stage.
Ceremonial diplomas are handed out during the ceremony. Following the ceremony all students must pick-up their diploma at Cardinal Hall. Diplomas not picked-up will be mailed.
Yes, with the following caveats: Guests are not allowed to enter the graduate seating or staging area, are asked not to interrupt the flow of the processional by having their graduates stop and pose for pictures, may not use tripods, and must stay in the upper seating area. A professional photographer will take the students’ pictures as they walk across the stage during Commencement. This picture will be available for purchase from the photography agency.
The college does not provide a secure location to leave purses, bags, coats and is not responsible for items left unattended.
If emergency assistance is required on the day of Commencement, please contact the
Department of Public Safety at ext. 2555 from any campus phone.
For assistance from an off-campus phone or cell phone please contact the Department of Public Safety at 610-527-1038.