Commencement Day

Welcome to CTX Commencement Services

 

 

Fast Facts

  • Commencement services will begin at 10:00 a.m (MBA & Undergraduate Candidates) or 2:00 p.m. (M.Ed. Candidates)
  • The doors of Riverbend Centre will open one hour prior to the service. 
  • Participating students should arrive to the designated gathering area no later than 45 minues prior to the service.
  • Tickets are not required to attend the commencement service.
  • The service generally runs between 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the sanctuary.
  • Guests are asked to find their seats before the service begins out of respect for our graduates.
  • Guests are welcome to take photos from their seats. However, guests should not stand in the aisles or block other guests' view.
  • Only official photographers will be permitted around the stage area or in the commencement photographer backdrop area.
  • Guests are asked not to hinder the progress of graduates in any way during the service.
  • Any group photographs should be taken prior to or after the service.
  • Disruptive behavior will result in removal from the service.
  • As a courtesy to our graduates, guests are asked to remain in their seats after the service until the Stage Party, Board of Regents, and graduates recess and exit the hall.

 

Photography During the Service

Guests are understandably proud of the accomplishments celebrated here. While they are more than welcome to take photographs from their seats during the service, guests should not stand in the aisles or block other guests’ view. We are in a place of worship. Only official photographers will be permitted around the stage area or in the official photographer backdrop area.

Two pictures of each graduate will be taken by a professional photographer from Flash Photography. One photo is of the student as they shake hands with President Thomas Cedel on stage, and the other is an individual picture taken in front of a backdrop after the student leaves the stage. Flash Photography will then contact the student to purchase photos if they wish.

Guests should not hinder the progress of graduates in any way during the service. Any group photographs should be taken prior to or after the service.

Students or Guests with Special Needs

The wheelchair entrance to Riverbend Centre is on the east side of the building or on the right side of the building as you view it from Loop 360.

Requests for special needs accommodation should be emailed to Melanie Collins in the Graduation Office at melanie.collins@concordia.edu. Please contact the Registrar no later than 6 weeks prior to commencement.

Arrival and Parking

Guests and visitors may park in the parking lots adjacent to the auditorium where the commencement service will be held. Concordia personnel will be stationed throughout the lot to guide you as you park and to assist with directions. Parking is limited, so please carpool whenever possible. If the lot adjacent to the auditorium fills up, you may be asked to park in a lot further away. A golf cart will also be available for transportation from the parking lots for students or guests with mobility issues.

The Commencement Program

The Commencement program lists the names of all eligible candidates as provided by the Office of the Registrar at the time of publication. The inclusion or exclusion of a name in the program does not indicate completion or non-completion of degree requirements.

Students who do not wish to have their names listed in the program must contact the Office of the Registrar at 512.313.4643 or melanie.collins@concordia.edu no later than one month prior to the commencement service.

Honors at Commencement

Four-year undergraduate students are eligible for graduation with honors from the university. A student’s final GPA and appropriate Latin Honors will be posted on their final official transcript. However, Latin Honors at commencement is determined using the GPA at the end of the term preceding the commencement ceremony. Undergraduate students must also meet the sixty (60) hour residency requirement by the end of their final term.

During the service 

The commencement service is a formal occasion in a place of worship; therefore we ask that you refrain from standing in the aisles, as well as using noisemakers or other distractions that might detract from the experience for others. Please turn off or mute the sound of all electronic devices. Telephone conversations are not permitted during the service. Disruptive behavior will result in removal from the service.

 

 

For additional information regarding Commencement Service please contact the Registrar's Office at 512.313.4643 or melanie.collins@concordia.edu

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