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LRU Commencement

HICKORY

Information for Graduates

Applications

Graduation applications are available beginning one year before your ceremony. You can download the form by reviewing the Registrar Forms. Applications are due by November 7 in the Registrar’s Office. The form can be printed and emailed to registrar@lr.edu or delivered in person to the Registrar’s Office in Lohr Hall. Late applications may result in your name being omitted from the commencement program.

All candidates are expected to attend the commencement exercise unless you have received permission in writing from the Provost. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you must email Dr. Larry Hall at larry.hall@lr.edu with your justification to graduate in absentia.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be withheld from those students with outstanding financial obligations to the University. Please check with Janet McKee at lj.mckee@lr.edu in the Business Office prior to Graduation. Additionally, undergraduate students must have completed all Convocation requirements in order to receive their Diploma. Please check your Convocation status with the Learning Commons to ensure your diploma will not be withheld.

Only diploma covers will be handed out during the ceremony. After the ceremony has ended, you can pick up your diploma in the Fireside Room in Cromer Center. Representatives from Enrollment Management will be available to hand out diplomas for approximately one hour after commencement concludes. Note: Friends/family members may not pick up your diploma on your behalf.

Grad Info Fair

The Grad Info Fair will be held in Cromer Center lobby at two different times, for your convenience. One stop is all it takes to get every commencement-related question answered. The Grad Info Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2pm- 6pm and Thursday, October 27, 11am - 2pm.

Caps, Gowns, Stoles & Hoods: Caps, gowns, and stoles (and hoods for master’s degree graduates) may be purchased at the Grad Info Fair. If you miss the fair, you can still buy your regalia at the LR Bookstore. Contact Lucy Manzanares at 828.328.7142 or manzanaresl@lr.edu.

Graduation Announcements & Personalized Invitations: You may order personalized invitations and announcement cards at the Grad Info Fair on October 26-27 in Cromer Center Lobby. You can also order them online at www.herffjones.com/college/lru. The LR Bookstore will carry a limited number of general announcements for purchase.

Career Services: You can meet with your career advisor to refine your job search, interact with employers at recruiting events, connect with alumni at networking receptions, or receive information about graduate schools. Contact Katie Wohlman at katie.wohlman@lr.edu

Alumni Association: Sign up to become a Bear for Life. You will also have an opportunity to contribute to your class gift, designating it in memory or in honor of someone special. Contact Cheryl Abee at lru.director@alumni.lr.edu

The Ceremony

All August and December graduates who have met all degree requirements and approval will assemble promptly at 6:00 pm in the Mauney Music Building lobby (one hour before the ceremony). There will be no rehearsal. All graduates are expected to attend the commencement exercises unless you have received permission to graduate in absentia, in writing from the Provost. Email larry.hall@lr.edu.

Personal Dress: Graduates should wear clothing appropriate for a significant occasion. Improper dress may cause a graduate to be withdrawn from participation.

Honor Cords: Gold, silver, and bronze honor cords will be given for summa, magna, and cum laude graduates (respectively) during the line-up for the processional. Other cords, pins, and medallions will be allowed only if they are symbolic of campus-wide and programmatic academic honors.

Processional: Graduates will form a single line in the Music Building lobby in alphabetical order by degree programs, under direction of the Dean of Students. Bachelor’s graduates are to wear your tassel on the right side of your cap. Master’s graduates are to wear your tassel on the left side and carry your hood over one arm (you will be hooded as part of the ceremony). Follow the Faculty Marshal’s lead to the front of the Auditorium, where you will pass through the two lines formed by the faculty. Proceed inside following the Faculty Marshal’s signals. Remain standing once you reach your reserved seats until instructed to sit.

Presentation of Diplomas: Follow Dr. Powell’s instructions to bachelor’s graduates to simultaneously move your tassel to the left side of your cap. You will be directed to the stage, row by row. Remain seated until your row is called. When your name is read, proceed to the Secretary of the Faculty, who will hand you the diploma cover. Continue across to shake hands with the President of the University and other dignitaries, smile as your professional photo is taken, and return to your seat.

All master’s graduates will rise and carry your hoods to the stage when signaled to do so. Your program’s advisor will place the hood upon you.

Recessional: Follow the stage party, led by the Faculty Marshal, to exit the Auditorium, front row first, to pick up your diploma in Cromer Center’s Fireside Room.

Reception: The reception will follow immediately in the Cromer Center Lobby for approximately one hour.

Time and Location

The ceremony will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 on the Hickory campus. It will begin promptly at 7:00 pm in PE Monroe Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. Attendance is open seating and does not require tickets.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Interpreters/Transliterators and Assistive Listening Devices for deaf and hard-of-hearing guests are available upon request. Please contact Shawn Frank at 828.328.7298 or shawn.frank@lr.edu at least two weeks in advance to make your request.

Additionally, if you or a family member have a disability requiring any accommodations for special seating, etc., please contact Sherry Proctor at 828.328.7296 or sherry.proctor@lr.edu at least two weeks in advance to make your request.

Parking & Shuttle Service

There will be a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the Auditorium where drivers can also drop off guests. If needed, security officers can direct you to golf cart service.

Photography

Photos and videos may be taken from the audience or from a designated area by the stage. The University has contracted with a professional company, Photo Specialties, who will photograph each graduate receiving their diploma and post the photos online for you to view or order at www.photospecialties.com. An individual password for each graduate will be e-mailed from Photo Specialties when photos are posted. In addition a paper proof will be mailed to each graduates' permanent address. There is no obligation to buy.

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Amy Hedrick, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will be the speaker. Dr. Hedrick is the recipient of the 2016 Raymond M. Bost Distinguished Professor award.

Reception

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception to honor the graduates and their families will be held in the Cromer Center Lobby for approximately one hour. All guests are invited.

Lodging & Accommodations

The following is a list of hotels/motels which give discounts for LR related events. Call them directly to confirm discounts and rates:

Best Western - 828.323.1150
Comfort Suites - 828.323.1211
Jameson Inn - 828.304.0410
Courtyard by Marriott - 828.267.2100
Hampton Inn - 828.624.2000
Crowne Plaza - 828.323.1000
Holiday Inn Express - 828.328.2081
Fairfield Inn - 828.431.3000
Sleep Inn - 828.323.1140
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - 828.465.1100

ASHEVILLE

Information for Graduates

Application

Graduation applications are available beginning one year before your ceremony. You can download the form from the Registrar page. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to registrar@lr.edu or mailed to:
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Registrar’s Office
PO Box 7227
Hickory, NC 28603

Checklist

Caps, Gowns, Stoles & Hoods: Caps, gowns, and stoles may be purchased at the LR Bookstore. Contact Lucy Manzanares at 828.328.7142 or manzanaresl@lr.edu. Be sure you arrange to have your purchase shipped to your home.

Graduation Announcements & Personalized Invitations:
You may order personalized invitations and announcement cards online at www.herffjones.com/college/lru. The LR Bookstore will carry a limited number of general announcements for purchase.

Career Services: You can meet with your career advisor to refine your job search, interact with employers at recruiting events, connect with alumni at networking receptions, or receive information about graduate schools. Contact Katie Wohlman at katie.wohlman@lr.edu.

Alumni Association:
Sign up to become a Bear for Life. You will also have an opportunity to contribute to your class gift, by designating it in memory or in honor of someone special. Contact Cheryl Abee at lru.director@alumni.lr.edu.

The Ceremony

Graduates will assemble promptly at 9:00 am in the 2nd Floor Boardroom on the LR Asheville Campus (two hours before the ceremony). At this time, graduates will check-in and be given instructions about the procession and ceremony. Graduates are shuttled to Vance Monument to line up for the processional. A shuttle will be available to take you back to campus after the reception, starting at 1:00 pm.

Processional: For our graduates, the ceremony will start at Vance Monument with a procession down Biltmore Avenue to The Orange Peel. Graduates will form a single line in alphabetical order by degree program. Master’s graduates are to wear tassels on the left side and carry hoods over one arm.
The faculty marshal will lead the procession from the Vance Monument to The Orange Peel. Graduate should remain standing once you reach your reserved seats until instructed to sit. If you would rather skip the procession, please let us know beforehand (email sara.landry@lr.edu) and meet us at The Orange Peel no later than 10:50 am.

Personal Dress: Graduates should wear clothing appropriate for a significant occasion.

Hooding and Conferring of Degrees: You will be directed to the stage (with your hood), row by row. When your name is read your program advisor will place the hood on you. You will then move to your left across the stage to receive your diploma. Continue across to shake hands with the President of the University and other dignitaries. Exit via the back of the stage and return to your seat.

Time and Location

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC. It will begin promptly at 11:00 am and doors will open at 10:30 am. Attendance is open seating and does not require tickets. However, seating is limited and we ask our graduates to be mindful when inviting friends and family.

The Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club is a special Asheville landmark and recognized as one of the best live music venues in the nation. Everyone from Bob Dylan to the Beastie Boys and Wilco have performed to sold-out houses at the Orange Peel. The venue started out as Skateland Rollerdome in 1950 until 1962. Later the building housed a series of R&B and soul clubs where artists such as the Commodores and The Bar-Kays appeared. The Orange Peel was the last club to occupy the location before it became vacant for many years. After a stint as an auto parts warehouse, the Orange Peel was reborn, thanks to Julian Price’s downtown redevelopment company, Public Interest Projects.

Like our students, The Orange Peel is uniquely Asheville and, although it is not a traditional location for a graduation, it is the perfect backdrop to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our new graduates.

Parking

On the South end of Downtown, where the Orange Peel is located, there is plenty of on-street metered parking on Biltmore Avenue and Lexington Avenue, on either side of the building. There are two parking decks located on Biltmore Avenue:

  • Aloft Hotel Parking Deck, located under the Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue (1 block from The Orange Peel)
  • Biltmore Avenue Parking Deck, 16 Biltmore Ave. (2 blocks from The Orange Peel)

Reception

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception to honor the graduates and their families will be held at The Orange Peel. All guests are invited.

Lodging and Accommodations

Aloft Hotel - 828.232.2838
Courtyard Asheville - 828.281.0041
Double Tree by Hilton Asheville - 828.274.1800
Four Points by Sheraton - 828.253.1851
Hotel Indigo - 828.239.0239
Hyatt Place Asheville - 828.505.8500
Renaissance Asheville Hotel - 828.252.8211