Commencement 2007!

Your graduation from Siena Heights is within sight. Find important information to assist you and the University in planning for Commencement


Congratulations! Your graduation from Siena Heights is within sight. The information listed below is to assist you and the University in planning for Commencement. Please read everything below carefully.

Siena Heights holds Commencement each year in the spring. Separate Commencement ceremonies are held in Adrian, Battle Creek and Benton Harbor. The 2007 schedule is as follows:


  • Commencement in Adrian is Sunday, May 6, 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. Eight (8) guest tickets are available for each graduate, but you must return the Response Card by mail to reserve your tickets.

  • Commencement in Battle Creek is Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. This is the official celebration for students in our SHU @ KCC program (see Note* below).  Guest tickets are not needed. Commencement in Benton Harbor is Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.  This is the official celebration for students in our SHU @ LMC program (see Note* below). Guest tickets are not needed.

  • Commencement in Benton Harbor is Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. This is the official celebration for students in our SHU @ LMC program (see Note* below). Guest tickets are not needed.

Note*—Battle Creek and Benton Harbor graduates who are unable to attend the May 19/20 ceremonies or who prefer to march on the main campus are welcome at the Adrian ceremony; please indicate your intentions by mailing the Graduation Response Card AND alerting your site director.


March 22 — Battle Creek GRAD FAIR.

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

April 3 & 4 — Metro-Detroit GRAD FAIR.

April 2 — Graduation Response Cards due to the Registrar’s Office for all students attending Commencement.

April 2 — Students attending Battle Creek and Benton Harbor ceremonies also must inform site directors.

April 9 — Kente Response Card due to the Alumni Office.

April 10 — Instructions and guest tickets mailed to all students who returned Graduation Response Cards indicating they will attend the Adrian ceremony. Tickets (free) mailed in equal number to all responding students. NO LATE REQUESTS FOR TICKETS. All guests (even infants) must have tickets.

April 10 — Last day to order caps and gowns from the Bookstore for commencement (see below).

April 26 — SHU@MCCC Graduation Reception, La-Z-Boy Centre, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

April 27 — SHU@JCC and SHU@LCC Graduation Reception, Bella Notte Restaurante, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

May 1-4 — Last chance to pick-up and purchase your Commencement needs at main campus B&N Bookstore.

May 4 — SHU Metro Detroit Program Graduation Reception at Tapestry in Southfield, 6:00 p.m.

May 5 — Torch Night, Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel, graduate line-up: 7:15 p.m., ceremony: 8:00 p.m.

May 6 — Baccalaureate Mass, Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel, 10:00 a.m.

May 6 — Brunch, pre-paid at Benincasa Dining Hall or cash at Ledwidge Ballroom, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

May 6 — Kente Ceremony, Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel, graduate line-up: 11:45 a.m., ceremony: 12 noon.

May 6 — Commencement, SHU Fieldhouse, graduate line-up: 1:30 p.m., ceremony: 2:00 p.m.

May 7-18 — Registrar’s Office mails all diplomas for May graduates to students’ home addresses.

May 11 — Graduation Reception for students in Washtenaw, On-line, and SC4 Programs, location tba.

May 19 — Battle Creek Commencement, Binda Center, KCC, line-up: 1:30, ceremony: 2:00 p.m.

May 20 — Benton Harbor Commencement, Mendel Center-Mainstage, LMC, line-up: 1:30, ceremony: 2 p.m.


1. Return the Graduation Response Card using the PDF file by April 2. Tell us which Commencement ceremony you plan to attend—or that you do NOT plan to attend Commencement.

  • If you indicate that you are attending the Adrian Commencement, we will send you eight (8) guest tickets. Seating is limited and all guests including children must have tickets. TICKETS will be mailed the week of April 10. Return the Graduation Response Card by April 2 to guarantee your tickets.

  • If you indicate that you are attending the Battle Creek or Benton Harbor Commencement, your guests will not need tickets; however, you should also contact your site director for ceremony details.

2. Make sure the Registrar’s Office has your correct and current mailing address. Use the Graduation Response Card file to mail back and confirm or correct your mailing address, so we can send you your diploma. 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 mail box 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 (517-264-7120).


3. 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 4 for graduation in May, August 24 for graduation in August, January 2 for December graduation.


4. Purchase your Cap & Gown.

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 & Noble Bookstore. See ordering information below.


Academic Honors: Academic Honors—cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude—are awarded only when you have completed all requirements for graduation and only for the baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree. 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 above schedule of events for dates.


Torch Night Ceremony & Reception: Held the evening before Commencement on the main campus, 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. Graduates wear their caps and gowns for this event. The Alumni Association sponsors a welcome reception immediately following the ceremony. To participate, mark the appropriate box on the Graduation Response Card, and mail it back. Traditionally, each graduate invites another student who is a close friend to be his or her “torch.” If you wish to participate but do not have a “torch” to participate with you, contact Campus Ministry at 517-264-7198.


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 6. No reservations are needed. Details: 517-264-7198.


Commencement Brunch: Brunch will be available on the main campus on May 6 in Benincasa Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.90 for adults, $4.20 for children. Seating is limited and pre-paid reservations are suggested; use the Graduation Response Card to make your reservations or call 517-264-7600. Send checks (made out to Siena Heights University) to: Siena Heights University, Doris Hubbard, 1247 E Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221. A walk-in brunch in Ledwidge Hall will be offered for $7.25 for adults, $4.50 for children.


Kente Ceremony: African-American alumni will present Kente stoles to bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates of color at ceremonies prior to each Commencements. Participation is free, but graduates must register in advance and must march in Commencement. To register, return the Kente Response Card by April 9. Families and friends are welcome; no tickets are needed. For further information contact the Alumni Office at 517-264-7143.


Prices for Academic Regalia — ORDER BY APRIL 10!

Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel—yours to keep forever: Associate or Bachelor’s Degree - $65.00, Master’s Degree - $70.00, Extra Souvenir Tassel Only - $ 4.95. Prices DO NOT include Michigan Sales Tax or cost of shipping.


Flowers — Friends and family can order flowers online for any Siena Heights graduate and pick them up at the commencement ceremony by visiting




Adrian: A Barnes & Noble (B&N) Bookstore 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 22; check with your site director for exact times.

Metro Detroit: A B&N representative will be available April 3-4. Check with your site director for exact times.


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 ON-LINE: Go to and click on Michigan, then on Siena Heights University.
During the GRAD FAIR dates listed above, B&N will offer a $10 discount on ALL regalia orders.
Rings and Announcements may be ordered through B&N or on-line at


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