TIMELINE AT-A-GLANCEMarch 11-13Order regalia in the College Bookstore
April 1Application deadline for Senior Speaker
May 3Senior Speaker announcedMay 17Honors Convocation, 2:30 p.m.Wearing caps, gowns and honor cords/medals, seniors line up on the plaza in front of Blackwell Auditorium at 2:15 p.m.May 31Seniors pick up Commencement Rain TicketsRehearsal for Graduates at 8:45 a.m.Baccalaureate Service at 4:00 p.m.Reception at 5:15 p.m.June 1Report for line up at 9:00 a.m.Commencement 10:00 a.m.Luncheon 12:00 p.m.
Black Bachelors GownBlack Mortar BoardBlack TasselBachelor Hood - Bachelor of Arts – White - Bachelor of Science – Gold
Honor Cords/Medals representing Academic Honor Groups and Societies that are recognized by the College and earned by the graduate may also be worn during the Commencement Exercises.Greek Stoles representing membership in Greek Fraternities or Sororities recognized by the College may also be worn.No other regalia or adornment will be permitted. The Institution reserves the right to prohibit a graduate from participating in the Commencement Exercises if he or she does not abide by the College’s Regalia Protocol.
Honor Cords/Medals representing Academic Honor Groups and Societies that are recognized by the College and earned by the graduate may also be worn during the Commencement Exercises.
Greek Stoles representing membership in Greek Fraternities or Sororities recognized by the College may also be worn.
No other regalia or adornment will be permitted. The Institution reserves the right to prohibit a graduate from participating in the Commencement Exercises if he or she does not abide by the College’s Regalia Protocol.
Tickets will only be required in the event of RAIN. Each graduate will receive SIX rain tickets. Tickets may be picked up in the College Bookstore on Friday, May 31, 2013. If a graduate has more than six guests for Commencement, all guests WITHOUT tickets can watch Commencement on television in Blackwell Auditorium.
Rehearsal will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, May 31st. All graduates are required to report to Blackwell Auditorium. Sponsors are not required to attend rehearsal.
Sponsor A sponsor is any person of the graduate’s choosing. Most often the role of Sponsor is carried out by a parent. However, grandparents, siblings, faculty or staff members may serve as sponsors as well.
Processional Graduating seniors and their sponsors must be present at 9:00 a.m. SHARP on June 1 on the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus (if inclement weather, Crenshaw Gymnasium) to assemble in the proper order for the graduation ceremony. Seniors must have a cap and gown; the tassel should hang on the right. Sponsors will carry the hoods. The procession will move from the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus to the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza (if inclement weather, commencement will be held in the Brock Center).
Senior Class Gift Each year the senior class presents a gift to the College. Seniors from the Class of 2013 may select where their gift goes, such as to the unrestricted Randolph-Macon Fund, which meets the College’s most pressing needs, the Yellow Jacket Club for a sport, the academic department of their major, or to a favorite extracurricular organization. The class’s goal is to raise $6,000 and to achieve 94% giving participation, which would set a new R-MC record for the Senior Class Gift. All seniors are encouraged to participate. If you have not yet given to the Senior Class Gift but would like to, please contact Bailey Price, Assistant Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations. You may also make a gift online at www.rmc.edu/givenow. All seniors who contribute to the Class Gift by Monday, May 13, 2013 will be listed in the Commencement Program. Additionally, all Seniors who make a Senior Class Gift by Monday, May 6, 2013 will be eligible for a chance to win 10 reserved seats for the Commencement Exercises. For more information about the Senior Class Gift program and upcoming events, please visit the Senior Class Gift webpage at http://www.rmc.edu/Alumni/GivingToR-MC/WhereToGive/AnnualGiving/SeniorClassGift.aspx.
Lunch will be served in Crenshaw Gymnasium immediately following Commencement. Lunch will be served until 1:30 p.m. All graduates and their families are invited to attend. There is no cost for the luncheon, however, reservations are required.
Rain Plan In the event of rain on Friday afternoon, the Baccalaureate Reception will be moved inside Crenshaw Gymnasium.In the event of a light rain Saturday morning, Graduates and Sponsors will line up on the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus. Should a light rain fall, Commencement will be held outside on the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza. However, should there be a threat of heavy rain or the threat of an electrical storm, the Commencement Exercises will be moved indoors into the Brock Center.Senior Speaker All graduation candidates are encouraged to complete for the privilege of representing the class of 2013 as the Senior Speaker. The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013. The Senior Speaker will be announced on Friday, May 3, 2013. For detailed information regarding the Senior Speaker application process, please click here.