Commencement

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
Time: Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS
- Admission to University Commencement is by ticket only.
- In order to receive tickets for Commencement, graduates must complete the Participation Form.
- Pick up tickets for Commencement from Student Life in Room 1411 beginning Monday, April 2, 2018 until Friday, April 27, 2018.
- Participating graduates will receive up to 6 complimentary tickets.
- Additional tickets may be available upon request. Graduates can make requests by email to studentlife@madonna.edu. Requests should include graduate's name, student ID number, number of tickets requested, and reason for request. Requests will be reviewed by the Graduation Core Team after April 27, 2018.
- Graduates may have tickets mailed if requested in writing. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. These requests should be sent to Office of Student Life, Attn: Commencement Tickets, 36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150.
- A note from the graduate is needed in order for a family member or friend to pick up tickets in place of a graduate. These notes can be handwritten or emailed to studentlife@madonna.edu and must include the graduate’s student ID number and the name of the family member or friend picking up the tickets.

DVD AND PHOTOS
- A Commencement DVD produced by the Madonna University Broadcast and Cinema Arts Department is available for purchase ($10 each). When completing the Participation Form, you can order your DVD. Otherwise, you may do so at Student Accounts (Room 2005). DVDs will be mailed following Commencement.
- Graduation Foto has been contracted for Commencement and will photograph graduates as they cross the stage. Within one week following Commencement, Graduation Foto will send proofs to participants with information on placing orders.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
- There is ample parking at Suburban Collection Showplace. There is a $5 fee for each vehicle entering the lot.
- Handicapped parking is available.
- Suburban Collection Showplace is located on the north side of Grand River Avenue between Beck Road and Taft Road. A map and directions can be found here (http://suburbancollectionshowplace.com/directions.php?section=attending).

ARRIVAL
- Graduates should arrive at 1:00 p.m.
- Enter at the rear of the building through Door 9. Graduates will be directed to a holding area until the ceremony begins.
- Guests will be required to present their tickets upon entry at the front of the building.
- Guest seating will begin at 1:00 p.m.

ATTIRE
- Business casual attire is recommended for graduates and their guests.
- Wear your cap, gown, and hood.
- Your tassel should lay on the right side of your cap.
- Women are encouraged to wear low heeled comfortable shoes.
- Please do not bring in boxes or hangers.
- Please leave purses, valuables, corsages, flowers, and other accessories with relatives or friends.

GUEST SEATING
- Due to capacity needs, seats can only be held until 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.
- Handicap seating is available.
- Ushers will be available to direct your guests to seats.

DECORUM

- Proper decorum is required. This is a formal ceremony.
- Because the program is up to three hours in length, the attendance of children under five years is strongly discouraged.
- Guests are welcome to take non-flash photos or videos during the ceremony but are to stay in their seats. Only authorized, contracted photographers are permitted to take pictures on the main floor.

TIPS FOR GRADUATES
BEFORE THE CEREMONY
- Please follow the Ushers to leave the holding area and prepare for the procession.
- Please be sure you are holding your name card and yellow photo card. Please raise your hand to call an Usher if you need assistance.
- Please follow the Ushers at all times.
- Place your tassels on the right side.
- Turn off all cell phones.

DURING THE CEREMONY
- Remain in your seats during the Ceremony.
- Follow the instructions for the gold-gowned ushers.
- Your College/School Dean will lead you to the right side of the stage.
- Give your yellow photo card to the Graduation Foto representative prior to walking up the ramp.
- Give your name card to the person at the podium.
- Walk across the stage, receive your diploma from President Grandillo, and shake hands with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees as you exit to the left side of the stage.
- Pause at the photo area to take your picture before you return to your seat.
- Help the graduate in front of you. If you notice his or her hood is not straight, please make sure you adjust it so photos turn out beautifully.

AFTER THE CEREMONY:
- Please follow the direction of the gold-gowned ushers to return to the holding area.