With the Fall 2012 semester almost at a close, some students are preparing to graduate and take the next step in their lives. After each semester there is a commencement ceremony to honor these graduating students, and to send them onward from Michigan Tech on a high note. Midyear Commencement will take place on December 15 in the Student Development Complex Wood Gym. The ceremony usually lasts about two hours, and involves a keynote speaker as well as farewell speeches from select graduates and university administrators.
After the main commencement program, there is a Graduates Reception hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association where there will be light refreshments, as well as areas reserved for taking pictures to capture all of the great memories. In addition, there is the President’s Reception for Graduates, scheduled for December 14 in the Memorial Union Building’s Isle Royale Ballroom. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the event and a cash bar will also be available. The President’s Reception is hosted by President Glenn D. Mroz and his wife.
One of the most memorable elements of commencement (aside from the pride of graduating of course!) is the Class Tribute Program. Students can offer a public tribute and give thanks to those who have inspired and supported them in exchange for a monetary donation. Students write a special message to parents, family members, friends, or favorite professors. These messages are printed on a page in the commencement program, which can be kept as a keepsake to remember this exciting time! All of the money that is raised from this program supports student scholarships at Michigan Tech.
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