Commencement 2008 Information

Important information to assist you in planning for Commencement.
Your graduation from Siena Heights is within sight. This flyer includes important information to assist you—and the University—in planning for Commencement. Please read this entire message carefully. You can download a PDF file which contains all the following information for reference, including the maps and diagrams.


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Siena Heights holds Commencement each year in the spring. Separate Commencement ceremonies are held in Adrian, Battle Creek, and Benton Harbor. The 2008 schedule is as follows:


  • Commencement in Adrian is Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. This is the official celebration for students on the Adrian campus and for students in our Southfield, Monroe, Port Huron, Rochester, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, and Distance Learning Programs. Tickets (free) are required for all guests. Five (5) guest tickets are available for each graduate, but you must reserve your tickets between March 15 and April 11 (see below).

  • Commencement in Battle Creek is Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. This is the official celebration for students in our SHU@KCC program (see Note* below). Guest tickets are not required.

  • Commencement in Benton Harbor is Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. This is the official celebration for students in our SHU@LMC program (see Note* below). Guest tickets are not required.

Note*—Battle Creek and Benton Harbor graduates who are unable to attend the May 17/18 ceremonies or who prefer to march on the Adrian campus are welcome at the Adrian ceremony; your ticket order will let us know that you are attending the Adrian ceremony.

(additional information on many of the events is listed below this schedule)

March 10 —
Battle Creek GRAD FAIR – contact your site director for times.


March 11 & 12 — Metro-Detroit GRAD FAIR 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (mini bookstore with all your needs for graduation)


March 15 - April 11 — Reserve/Order tickets for the Adrian ceremony. (see below)


March 26 & 27 — Adrian Campus GRAD FAIR – Bookstore 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


April 11 — Students attending Battle Creek and Benton Harbor ceremonies also must inform site directors.


April 11 — Students attending Kente ceremonies must notify the Alumni Office.


April 17 — SHU@MCCC Graduation Reception in La-Z-Boy Centre, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


April 18 — Honors Convocation at Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel in Adrian at 2:00 p.m.


April 18 — Last day to reserve special handicapped seating for the Adrian Commencement.


April 18 — Torch Night in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel—graduate line-up 7:15 p.m., ceremony 8:00 p.m.


April 18 - May 4 — All students that ordered tickets for the Adrian commencement ceremony may pick them up at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. NO LATE REQUESTS FOR TICKETS. All guests (even infants) must have tickets.


April 18 — Last day to order caps and gowns from the Adrian Barnes and Noble Bookstore for commencement.


April 25 — SHU@JCC, SHU@LCC, and Distance Learning Programs--Graduation Reception at Bella Notte Restaurante, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


May 2 — SHU Metro Detroit Program Graduation Reception in Southfield, 6:00 p.m. at the Tapestry.


May 4 — Last chance to pick-up and purchase your Commencement needs at main campus B&N Bookstore.


May 4 — Baccalaureate Mass, Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel 10:00 a.m.


May 4 — Brunch—pre-paid at Benincasa Dining Hall or cash at Ledwidge Ballroom 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


May 4 — Kente Ceremony in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel—graduate line-up 11:45 a.m., ceremony 12 noon.


May 4 — Adrian Commencement in SHU Fieldhouse—graduate line-up 1:30 p.m., ceremony 2:00 p.m.


May 5—23 — Registrar’s Office mails all diplomas for May graduates to students’ home addresses.


May 17 — Battle Creek Commencement Ceremony, Binda Center, KCC; Commencement 2:00 p.m. (Kente 1:00)


May 18 — Benton Harbor Commencement Ceremony, Mendel Center-Mainstage, LMC; Commencement 1:00 p.m. (Kente 2:00)


  1. Order and reserve your guest tickets for the Adrian ceremony.

    MARCH 15 – APRIL 11, 2008 — Commencement Ticket (free) Order
    Notify the Registrar’s Office if you are going to attend the ceremony—guest tickets are required for admission and will only be issued to the students coming to commencement. Please do not order tickets if you are not planning to attend. Sorry, only orders from graduating students will be accepted. There are only five (5) guest tickets available for each student.

    Tickets are free but must be ordered. Use the Commencement Ticket Order Form or clearly print “TICKET ORDER”, your name, address, and phone number on a piece of paper or in your e-mail. Submit this information by one of the following methods:
    • email us at
    • OR Fax to 517-264-7744.
    • OR mail a note to Registrar’s Office, Siena Heights University, 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221.

    SORRY, PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED TO ORDER TICKETS. All orders must be received between March 15 and April 11, 2008. Late orders will not be honored. Requests from students who have not applied for graduation will not be honored.

  2. Ticket Pick-up—graduating students only.

    Guest tickets will be available for pick-up by the graduating student between April 18 through May 4, 2008 at the Adrian campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore. No more than five guest tickets will be given to each student that has ordered tickets. Do not miss the order deadline or you will not receive tickets. The bookstore is located in Archangelus Hall and is just off Trinity Gardens. For a map of campus, click here. Their phone number is 517-264-7636. Tickets will not be mailed. The bookstore hours for May 4 are 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  3. Ordering Your Cap, Gown, Hood, Tassel, and Other Graduation Items.

    If you are participating in Commencement, you must order your academic regalia—cap, gown, and the appropriate hood for your degree—through the Siena Heights Barnes and Noble Bookstore. See GRAD Fair and ordering information below.

    Prices for Academic Regalia — ORDER BY APRIL 18!
    (Prices DO NOT include Michigan Sales Tax or cost of shipping)
    Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel — yours to keep forever.
    Associate or Bachelor’s Degree — $66.96
    Specialist & Master’s Degree — $73.96
    Extra Souvenir Tassel — $6.98
    Undergraduate Hood — $28.98
    Graduate Hood — $32.98

    Grad Fairs — Ordering In Person
    : A Barnes and Noble Bookstore (B&N) representative will be available March 26-27, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to assist you. Students from all SHU locations are welcome to visit or call the bookstore on these days.
    Battle Creek: A B&N representative will be available March 10; check with your site director for exact times.
    Metro Detroit: A B&N representative will be available March 11 & 12, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Benton Harbor: Contact SHU@LMC for the date and time that Barnes & Noble will be at your campus.

    Ordering By Phone — Call the Siena Heights University Barnes & Noble Bookstore directly at 517-264-7911.

    Ordering Online — Go to the Siena Heights Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

    Rings and Announcements may be ordered through B&N or on-line at

  4. Make sure the Registrar’s Office has your correct and current mailing address.

    Confirm your correct mailing address through your “MY SIENA” account on the University website. Go to MY SIENA and login, click on Personal Info, click on the Biographic Info tab, verify your name and address. If this information is incorrect please click on the pencil. This will bring up a correction form for you to fill in and submit. This information is so we can send you your diploma. Please do not wait to change your address on the system until you get home. Diplomas will be mailed after graduation requirements are complete and obligations to the University have been met. (Actual diplomas will NOT be handed out at Commencement.) The Registrar’s Office will not mail documents to an Adrian campus mailbox unless it is your legal mailing address. If you live in an apartment which is not your legal address or which you will be leaving at the end of April, notify the Registrar’s Office where to send your diploma. If your address changes again, please notify the Registrar’s Office at 517-264-7120.

  5. Complete all requirements for graduation.

    Submit all outstanding transcripts, CLEP scores, Advanced Placement, Military transcripts, Prior Learning Petitions, Thesis, Internships, Co-op, make-up of incompletes, i.e. any credit bearing document no later than: May 2 for graduation in May, August 22 for graduation in August, January 2 for December graduation.


Academic Honors: Academic Honors—cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude—are awarded only for the baccalaureate degree when you have completed all requirements for graduation. Consult the undergraduate catalog, page 158, for honors criteria. If you qualify for honors, your honors will be announced at Commencement and listed on your diploma. (Siena Heights does not present honor cords for academic honors.) Information about honors will not be available before Commencement.


Graduation Receptions: Receptions for graduates and their guests will be held immediately following each of Siena Heights’ three Commencement ceremonies. In addition, many of our degree-completion centers sponsor separate receptions for their students independent of Commencement see the attached schedule of events for dates or call you site location.


Torch Night Ceremony: The ceremony will be held April 18, at the Adrian Campus, in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel at 8:00 p.m. This ceremony is a cherished tradition involving a symbolic exchange between a graduate and another Siena student who is not yet ready to graduate. The graduate receives a rose, the Dominican symbol of friendship, and gives the undergraduate (also known as the “torch”) a candle symbolizing the light of truth and the “torch” of learning. Traditionally, each graduate invites another SHU undergraduate student who is a close friend to be his or her “torch.” Graduates wear their caps and gowns for this event. If you wish to participate, contact Campus Ministry at 517-264-7192 by April 11.


Kente Ceremony: African-American alumni will present Kente stoles to bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates of color at ceremonies prior to each Commencement. Participation is free, but graduates must register in advance and must march in Commencement. To register, contact the alumni office by April 11. Families and friends are welcome; no tickets are needed. For further information, contact the Alumni Office at 517-264-7143.


Adrian Campus Only:

Baccalaureate Mass: Graduates and families of all faiths are welcome at this Catholic mass in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel on the Adrian campus at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 4. No reservations are needed. Please call 517-264-7198 for details.


Commencement Brunch: Brunch will be available on the main campus on May 4 in Benincasa Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $4.35 for children. Seating is limited and pre-paid reservations are suggested. To make your reservations please call 517-264-7600 or send checks (made out to Siena Heights University) to: Siena Heights University, Doris Hubbard, 1247 E Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221. Reservations and payment must be received by April 25. A walk-in brunch in Ledwidge Hall will be offered for $7.95 for adults, and $4.70 for children.


Professional Photographer: There will be a professional photographer taking student pictures at the Adrian Ceremony. Students will be sent proofs a few weeks after commencement with purchase information and pricing. We ask that guests do not approach the stage from any direction to take pictures during the ceremony. Graduates and their guests may come back to the stage after the ceremony if they want to take pictures.


Flowers: Flowers will be available for purchase the day of Commencement in the lobby of the Fieldhouse. This is done as a scholarship fundraiser.


Handicapped seating:

  • Graduating students: If you need special seating or assistance because of a handicap or advanced pregnancy and would like to participate in the Commencement ceremony but are unable to walk a distance, please call the Registrar’s Office. We can arrange to pre-seat you before the ceremony at the front of the candidates. We do have an ADA approved handicapped ramp for use by our students, and other stage dignitaries.

  • Guests: If anyone in your party is handicapped or needs special assistance, please call (517) 264-7600 by April 18. Handicapped and special seating is by reservation only. This seating is limited to two per student. Please request only for guests with special needs. NOTE: If special seating has not been claimed and filled by 1:30 pm the day of the ceremony, other guests will be placed in this seating. Ask your guests that have handicapped seating to stop at the reception table located at the east Fieldhouse entrance. This entrance is adjacent to the handicapped parking area.


Parking: To assist our guests with entering and exiting the Adrian campus efficiently, traffic heading east on Siena Heights Drive will be directed to the following parking lots: West Fieldhouse, Dominican & Performing Arts, and Addison St. Fairgrounds. Traffic heading west on Siena Heights Drive will be directed to the following parking lots: Adrian Dominican Motherhouse, and the Siena Heights Drive Fairground entrance. Shuttles will be available for transportation to and from the Fieldhouse. Adjacent parking fills up quickly so please allow plenty of time. All exiting traffic will be directed out the same direction in which it entered.


Handicapped Parking: The parking lot immediately adjacent to the east side of the Fieldhouse is reserved for handicapped parking. A state issued handicapped permit is required for access to this parking lot. Please show the officer directing traffic your handicapped permit and they will direct you to handicapped parking.


Pedestrian crossing of Siena Heights Drive is directly in front of the Fieldhouse. This area is identified by an area of the road that is blocked off from traffic. During commencement, Siena Heights drive will be blocked off to through traffic. If you need any special assistance with parking please contact Cindy Birdwell at 517-264-7194.


Please refer to this map file for an illustration on how the traffic flow and parking will be handled on commencement day—May 4, 2008.


Hints and Helps for the Guests at the Adrian Commencement Ceremony:

  • Guests should arrive for the ceremony before 1:30 p.m.
  • Guest seating for the Adrian ceremony is limited. Only ticketed guests can be admitted to the Fieldhouse. Yes, all children and babies must have a ticket too. Caution: This is a long day for little children and babies.
  • Picture taking: Please make sure all batteries and power packs are charged before coming to the ceremony. You may take pictures from your seat. You are welcome to return to the stage, with your graduate, to take pictures after the ceremony. Please, do not bring tripods.
  • For the safety of other guests, and the graduating students we ask that you do not block or stand in any aisle. Guests will not be permitted around the stage, the area seating the students, or around the faculty during the ceremony.
  • Please dress for the weather. The Fieldhouse is not air-conditioned. Please wear comfortable shoes, as you may need to walk or stand a great deal. (low heels)
  • Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase at the Fieldhouse snack bar prior to the ceremony.
  • Do not bring loud horns, bells, or whistles. Public Safety will ask the people who have these items to leave.
  • Please be mindful of your safety while on the grounds of Siena Heights. Please use handrails on steps, use care in the parking lot, cross the roads as directed and obey all directions made by our Public Safety members. The university wants a safe environment for everyone.
  • You are invited for refreshments after the ceremony. Please meet your graduate at the appropriate college reception tent. (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, or Graduate College) Each tent will have a banner indicating the school. College faculty, advisors, and deans will be there to greet you.
  • Smoking is not allowed in any Siena Heights building and is restricted to designated smoking areas.

Student Information for the Adrian Commencement Ceremony: Line-up Location is behind the SHU Fieldhouse (graduating students only). If it rains, we will line-up inside the Fieldhouse—pray for good weather.

  1. Be on time to line-up at 1:30 p.m.
  2. Check your regalia in advance. If you have the wrong size contact the bookstore.
  3. Wear your gown, and cap to the line-up. Carry your hood over your left arm. Your tassel will be on the left side of your cap and remain there. Warning, tassels tend to come off caps very easily and become lost.
  4. You may want to have a safety pin or hairpins with you in case of a last minute repair.
  5. Come to the check-in tables at the east side of the Fieldhouse and receive your line-up assignment, call card, and photograph information card. Your “Call Card” will be a colored coded card with your name, degree, and line-up assignment at check-in. DO NOT LOSE YOUR CARDS or give them to anyone else!
  6. The color of the call card will indicate the group to which you are assigned for line-up (by degree type).
  7. Go to the group, which your card color represents.
  8. The marshal of your color card group will help you line up by your degree and last name.
  9. Once lined up, do not leave your place in line.
  10. Follow the directions of your marshal for the procession into the Fieldhouse.
  11. Graduates who did not notify the Registrar’s Office by April 11 of their intent to participate will not receive guest tickets and will be unable to participate in the Ceremony.
  12. Graduates who arrive late will be seated at the end of the line of graduates.
  13. Handicapped and special needs students who have called ahead will receive instructions on the location and use of the stage ramp during the line-up or they can be pre-seated. Call ahead to 517-264-7122.
  14. Dress for the weather. The regalia can be very warm in sunny weather. When choosing your footwear, remember that you will be standing for periods and walking a distance. High heels and boots are not recommended.

Procession into the Fieldhouse:

  1. Follow the direction of your grand marshal.
  2. Walk two by two to the front door of the Fieldhouse as directed by your marshal.
  3. You will walk into the Fieldhouse with your partner until you get to the graduate seating area.
  4. Fill in your row as directed by the grand marshal. See maps here.
  5. Stand until the invocation is completed. You may be seated as directed.

The Ceremony:

  1. Invocation.
  2. Welcome by the President — Sr. Peg Albert, O.P., PH.D.
  3. Student Speakers.
  4. Honorary Degree Presentations.
  5. Alumni Welcome.
  6. Presentation of Candidates for Degrees—each group will be told to stand and sit during this short conferral speech.

Crossing the Stage:

  1. Each row will come forward as directed. Your grand marshal will direct you.
  2. Come forward to the left side of the stage for hooding. Faculty members will hood you.
  3. Give your photo card to the staff member at the base of the stage stairs.
  4. Proceed up the stairs to the first podium and give the speaker your name (call card) to be introduced.
  5. Proceed to Sister Peg and the Board of Trustee Member to shake hands. Your picture will be taken at this point.
  6. Walk down the stairs.
  7. Alumni Association member will greet you.
  8. Go to the picture area and have your picture taken again.
  9. Return to your row and sit down in the first vacant seat in that row.
  10. Benediction (all stand).
  11. School song-everyone standing.
  12. Recessional—graduates follow the faculty out the door. Please leave the building before stopping to greet your family and guests. You may return to the building and take pictures after the line of procession has left the building.
  13. Diplomas will be mailed to your home address when requirements are completed and all obligations to SHU have been meet.

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