As the Spring 2010 semester is wrapping up with final exams several students are looking forward to summer break. Whether students are heading back home for the summer, doing an internship, staying in Houghton taking summer classes, or graduating and beginning a full time job, Michigan Tech students have a lot to look forward to. It’ s all just a matter of making it through this week and final exams.
For graduating seniors this week is going to be an especially busy one as they finish up finals, prepare for commencement, and begin the process of moving to the location of their full time job or graduate program. This year’s spring commencement will take place Saturday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Development Complex Ice Arena. Graduating students are asked to attend a commencement rehearsal in the SDC Multi-Purpose Room on Friday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. The rehearsal is expected to last an hour. On Saturday, May 1 graduating students are expected to arrive to the SDC Ice Arena no later than 9:45 a.m. For information regarding seating arrangements at commencement take a look at the associate and bachelor of science degree candidates. This link has the names of students who will be walking at Spring 2010 commencement as well as which row and seat they will be in.
The commencement speaker for the 2010 spring commencement will be Dr. Raymond L. Smith. Dr. Smith was Michigan Tech’s sixth president, serving the university from 1965-1979. If Dr. Smith’s name sounds familiar that may be because you’ve heard of the R. L. Smith Building, more commonly known as the MEEM, on Michigan Tech’s campus. The R. L. Smith Building is named after Dr. Smith and serves as the home of the Mechanical Engineering Engineering Mechanics Department.
In addition to commencement there will also be two receptions for graduating students to attend with their families. On Friday, April 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be the President’s reception for graduates hosted by President and Mrs. Glenn Mroz. The reception will take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom and business casual attire is requested. Taking place after the commencement ceremony will be a graduate reception hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. The graduate reception will take place directly after commencement in the SDC Multi-Purpose Room. This is a great place for new Michigan Tech alumni to network and learn about alumni benefits and services. Lastly, after the graduation ceremony Dining Services will be offering a commencement brunch from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom for graduates and their family and friends. Tickets for the brunch are $18.95 per person and can be purchased at the door or at the SDC Box Office, the Rozsa Center Box Office, or at Tech Express in the MUB.
I wish all students the best of luck on their final exams and safe travels as they leave for summer break. Parents, for those of you with graduating seniors I hope you have a wonderful time at commencement! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!