Graduation day: It’s all in the details…

Jared Blankenship and Jared Blankenship

Spring 2006 is coming to a close and for many students that means one thing – commencement.

“This is the highlight of our year,” said Superintendent-President John Romo. “For students to go through our graduation is really what it’s all about.”

City College will hold its graduation ceremony 5 p.m., May 19 on the Student Services Patio.

Phi Theta Kappa President Tamika Schmidt will address students as this year’s commencement speaker.

“Who better else to represent the graduating class of 2006 than a student?” said Ben Partee, associate dean of Educational Programs.

Romo agreed. “Every year they take a different approach, but they’re all speaking from the heart and I think that’s what’s most important.”

The full day of commencement activities begins with a complementary breakfast for graduates from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Campus Center. Dress rehearsal begins at 10 a.m. on the Student Services Patio.

There’s no need for participants to sign up for the ceremony. Attendance will be taken at the rehearsal, creating the list of attending graduates. Students who cannot attend rehearsal are advised to meet with Ann Fryslie, director of Student Life, at 4:15 the day of commencement in room A-211 for instructions.

Students with a 3.5 grade point average will receive a gold tassel at rehearsal. For those whose Spring 2006 grades will push their GPA over 3.5, teacher signatures for all Spring grades must be submitted to Valerie Clark, administrative assistant, in room SS-111 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The deadline is 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Students can dress in their gowns for commencement at 4:15 in room A-211 in the MacDougall Administration Building. Lineup for commencement begins at 4:30 p.m.

Caps and gowns can be purchased at the bookstore for $34.95 plus tax. The fee also buys students a cover for their diploma, which is given following commencement. School rings and diploma frames are also available in the bookstore.