As the spring 2011 semester is wrapping up and with final exams underway, several students are looking forward to summer break. Michigan Tech students have several exciting things to look forward to, whether it is heading back home for the summer, doing an internship, staying in Houghton taking summer classes, or graduating and beginning a full time job. The only thing between Michigan Tech students and their exciting plans for summer break is this week of 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, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Development Complex Ice Arena. Graduating students may receive up to four commencement tickets by presenting their photo ID at the Tech Express Office in the Campus Bookstore from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 18 to Thursday, April 28. The seating is open for the audience but attendees will need a ticket to enter the Ice Arena. On Friday, April 29, extra or unclaimed tickets will be distributed from the Student Development Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduating students are asked to attend a commencement rehearsal in the Student Development Complex Ice Arena. The rehearsal is expected to last an hour. On Saturday, April 30, graduating students are expected to arrive to the Student Development Complex Ice Arena no later than 9:45 a.m. For information regarding seating arrangements at commencement, take a look at the undergraduate degree candidates. This link has the names of students who will be walking at the spring 2011 commencement as well as which row and seat they will be in. Lastly, for those of you who would like to have a great photo of your student receiving their degree, there is a professional photographer who will take a photo of each graduating student as he or she is congratulated on stage. For more information on how you and your student can get the proofs and ordering information go the Graduation Photos link.
The commencement speaker for the 2011 spring commencement will be Mr. Norman R. Augustine. Mr. Augustine is an alumni of Princeton University who “has been a leader of industry, a devoted servant of government and society, and a visionary”. Mr. Augustine was CEO and chairman of Martin Marietta Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr Augustine also served as the undersecretary of the Army and he has received the Distinguished Service Medal five times from the Department of Defense. From what I have read about Mr. Augustine, he seems to be quite an inspirational individual so I am excited to hear what he shares with the graduating students and their loved ones at commencement.
In addition to commencement there will also be two receptions for graduating students to attend with their families. On Friday, April 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the President’s Reception for Graduates, hosted by President and Mrs. Glenn Mroz, will take place. The reception will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom and business casual attire is requested. In addition to the President’s Reception, on Friday evening, several academic departments are holding additional receptions for students graduating from the department. Also, taking place after the commencement ceremony will be the Graduate Reception hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. The Graduate Reception will take place directly after commencement in the Student Development Complex Multi-Purpose Room. This is a great place for new Michigan Tech alumni to network and learn about alumni benefits and services. There will also be backgrounds for photo opportunities at the Graduate Reception so it is a great time to gather friends and family to take some pictures! Lastly, after the graduation ceremony Dining Services will be offering a commencement brunch from 1:00 p.m. to 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 Student Development Box Office, the Rozsa Center Box Office, or at Tech Express in the Memorial Union Building.
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. Don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next article in which I will be writing about summer classes.