Spring 2013 Commencement

April 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

As the 2013 semester is wrapping up, the Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony is fast-approaching for this year’s graduates. In just eighteen days, another class of Michigan Tech students will gather in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena and join the ranks of Michigan Tech’s alumni. This year’s commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30 a.m.

Commencement Rundown
Each graduating student can get up to four commencement seating tickets by bringing their student ID card to the Campus Bookstore from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 through Thursday, May 2. On Friday, May 3, extra or unclaimed tickets can be picked up at the Student Development Box Office on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is an opportunity for students with many family members to get enough tickets for the ceremony.

To ensure that everything runs smoothly and that students know what to expect on the day of the ceremony, graduating students are asked to attend a rehearsal  on Friday, May 3. This is an informal rehearsal, and students do not need to wear their caps and gowns.

President Mroz

President Mroz at the Fall 2012 ceremony

On Saturday, May 4, graduating students must arrive at the Student Development Complex no later than 9:45 a.m. For information regarding seating arrangements, take a look at the list of degree candidates. There you can find the names of students who will be walking at the Spring 2013 Commencement, as well as where they will be seated during the ceremony.

If you’re concerned about getting a picture that captures the moment for your student, don’t worry! There will be a professional photographer from GradImages present to snap a shot of each student receiving his or her degree on stage. For more information about how you and your student can get the proofs, and for ordering information, check out graduation photos.

This year’s commencement speaker will be David Barnes, the program director for strategy and emergent technologies at IBM. Barnes travels around the world to spread a positive message about new technologies and their potential effects on societies. He greatly enjoys helping college students develop their skills and is inspired by their creative and energetic approach to emerging technology.

In addition to the Commencement speaker, a student speaker will represent the class at the ceremony. This year’s student speaker is Katherine Price. Price is an environmental engineering major with a high GPA and heavy campus and community involvement.

In addition to the main ceremony, there will be receptions held to honor this semester’s graduates. President and Mrs. Mroz will hold the President’s Reception for students and their families on Friday, May 3. The reception will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, and will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Business casual attire is requested for this event.


Blizzard Celebrating with one of last semester's graduates

There will also be a Graduate’s Reception directly after the main commencement ceremony. This reception will be held in the multipurpose room in the Student Development Complex. Light refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to learn more about alumni services and benefits and to socialize. There will be a special area reserved for taking pictures of this memorable moment. While supplies last, the Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) will be selling roses before and after the ceremony to raise funds for the MTSF endowment for students scholarships.

Finally, there will be a Commencement Brunch served from 1:00-3:00 p.m., after commencement. Brunch will be held in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom. Tickets are $25 per person, with children under 12 eating free. It is encouraged that you purchase tickets in advance online, but there will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the door.

I would like to wish my fellow graduates the best of luck as we move forward into the next chapter of our lives! I’m sure that commencement will be a great experience and another memory to add to the collection from our time at Michigan Tech. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that we appreciate all of the love and support that you as our parents, family members, and guardians have given us.

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