By University Relations Staff
NEWPORT, R.I. - Commencement exercises for the 62nd graduating class at Salve Regina will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20 under the oceanside tent behind McAuley Hall. Events related to Commencement will take place throughout the weekend, culminating in Sunday's exercises.
All events will be held under the Commencement tent on the McAuley lawn. The weekend's activities include:
11 a.m. Saturday, May 19
This annual ceremony recognizes the excellence and achievements of the Class of 2012. Honor cords, which are worn at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement, are presented to all students with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher. There will be no formal procession; graduates, parents and guests should be seated in the tent by 10 a.m.
3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19
The hooding ceremony, which is a Salve Regina tradition, is a notable part of the liturgy. Each baccalaureate candidate will receive a hood. The hoods are a sign of academic achievement and the trim of the hood signifies the degree earned.
Graduates intending to participate must be in the O'Hare Academic Center by 2:30 p.m. Graduates who are unable to attend the Baccalaureate Mass may pick up their hoods in O'Hare 106 between 7 and 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Hoods must be worn during the Commencement ceremony.
10 a.m. Sunday, May 20
President Jane Gerety, RSM, will confer a total of 671 degrees during the ceremony, including 438 bachelor's degrees, 204 master's degrees, 26 certificates of advanced graduate study and three doctoral degrees. The academic procession will begin at 9:15 a.m. Seniors should assemble in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall no later than 8:15 a.m., while graduate students should assemble in O'Hare 228-229.
Howard G. Sutton II, publisher, president and chief executive officer of the Providence Journal Company, will present and Commencement address and be awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters.
Sodexo will sell refreshments at various locations throughout the weekend. On Saturday, the Miley cafeteria will offer a soup, salad and deli bar from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Jazzman's Cafe will serve assorted hot and cold specialty drinks, juice and pastries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, coffee, juice, soda, breakfast sandwiches and pastries will be sold beginning at 7 a.m. in Jazzman's Cafe.
There are no additional tickets left for Sunday's ceremony. There will be seats outside the tent that do not require tickets, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for the Honors and Awards Ceremony or the Baccalaureate Mass.
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