Commencement Registration is now open.  Please be sure to register by May 5, 2014.
*There is no exit survey required for graduates this year*

Commencement for the Class of 2014 will be held on
May 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn

*Due to the processional route for Commencement this year, access to main campus via the road in front of the Freeman Center and Avenue of the Arts past the traffic circle will be restricted after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Please use Shoe Lane to access west campus parking in Lots G, H, and I and handicap parking in Lot M; Prince Drew Road to access Lots E-1, 2, 3 and Avenue of the Arts to park in Lot A and the Parking Deck.  Roads will reopen once the processional ends to allow for Special Needs pick up and exiting the campus.*

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and their families from the faculty and staff at Christopher Newport University! 
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

Find out what being a Captain for Life is all about. And once again, congratulations, graduates!! 

Capturing the Memories!

Photos
A professional photograph from Candid Color will be taken of each graduate as the president presented his / her diploma. Please allow approximately 10 days after the graduation for images to be posted on
www.candidcolor.net and click on Graduation Day. Then enter the code: CNUG14.  A 43-mm proof and all ordering information will be sent to the graduate’s permanent address on file at the University.

DVDs and Bricks
With a tax-deductible gift of $250, you will receive a personalized brick paver. Each brick includes a bronze plaque inscribed with your personal message. With each brick order you also receive a complimentary Commencement DVD.

For tax-deductible gifts of $50 or more, you will receive a complimentary Commencement DVD.  

For more information on both of these, please contact the Caroline Morris at 757-594-7575 or email caroline.morris@cnu.edu.

 

Wednesday, May 7
Master of Science Graduate Luncheon
  *By Invitation Only*
  Noon - 1:30 pm
  Location:  DSU Washington Room
Thursday, May 8
Senior Thesis Art Exhibit
  All Day
  Falk Gallery and Ferguson Hall Gallery, Ferguson Center
Commencement Rehearsal
  11:00 a.m.
  Field House, The Freeman Center
Commencement Rehearsal Luncheon
   Immediately following rehearsal
   Courtyard between the DSU and Trible Library
   *For Graduates Only*
Master of Arts in Teaching - Teacher Candidate Pinning Ceremony
  *By Invitation Only*
  4:00 - 5:30 pm
  Location:  Freeman Center, Room 101
PLP Senior Celebration
  *By Invitation Only*
  7:00 p.m.
  Ferguson Center Concert Hall
Friday, May 9
Senior Thesis Art Exhibit
  All Day
  Falk Gallery and Ferguson Hall Gallery, Ferguson Center
 ROTC Commissioning
  *By Invitation Only*
  10:00 a.m.
  David Student Union Ballroom
Umoja Ceremony
  1:00 p.m.
  David Student Union Boardroom

History Department Reception
  *By Invitation Only*
  1:00-3:00 p.m.
  McMurran 101
Math Department Reception
  *By Invitation Only*
  3:00-5:00 p.m.
  Luter Atrium, 321
Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering Reception
  *By Invitation Only*
  3:00-4:30 p.m.
  Freeman 201
Fine Art and Art History Reception
  *By Invitation Only*
  4:00-5:30 p.m.
  Falk Gallery
Modern and Classical Languages Departmental Reception
  *By Invitation Only*
  4:00-5:00 p.m.
  Crow's Nest, David Student Union
Honors Convocation
  *By Invitation Only*
  6:30 p.m.
  Concert Hall, Ferguson Center
  Graduates who have earned Latin honors, faculty promoted in academic rank or awarded tenure, and all faculty awarded
  emeritus status during the 2013-2014 academic year will be honored in this  special ceremony.  Latin honors recipients,
  their families and friends are invited.  Latin honors recipients will be notified through their CNU email on
  Wednesday, May 7.

Candlelight Ceremony
  8:30 p.m.
  The Great Lawn
  In honor of the graduating Class of 2014, CNU will hold a candlelight ceremony at sunset on the eve of Commencement
  as we commemorate the transition of our graduates to university alumni.  We will also honor the Class of 1964 and their
  50th reunion during this ceremony.*Graduates are asked to wear white to this event.*

Saturday, May 10
Baccalaureate Service
  8 a.m.
  Pope Chapel
  Baccalaureate provides an occasion to give thanks and celebrate the completion of the academic journey.  Candidates for
  graduation and their families and friends are invited to attend. 
Degree Candidates Assemble
  8:45 a.m.
  Field House, The Freeman Center
Commencement Exercises
  10 a.m.
  The Great Lawn
Diploma Pick Up
  Immediately following Commencement
  DSU Ballroom
  *Only graduates will be allowed into the ballroom.
Bell Ringing
  Immediately following Commencement until 2 p.m.
  Bell Tower
  Following the recessional and faculty gauntlet, each student will have the opportunity to ring the bell to celebrate this
  momentous occasion.

Tickets are not required for Commencement exercises on the Great Lawn. Should Commencement be relocated to The Freeman Center due to extreme inclement weather, rain tickets are required.

candlelightParking
Free parking is available in any of the parking areas on campus. Check with parking attendants on duty; they will direct you to the closest available space. Remember that carpooling helps alleviate traffic congestion. For more parking information, go to parking.cnu.edu.

Commencement DVD
Relive your special day with a full-length Commencement recording. With a $50 tax deductible donation, you can enjoy a DVD that gives you glimpse of the day shot from multiple camera angles and ensures that you will not miss a moment of your memorable day. Please contact the Office of Advancement at (757) 594-7179 to order your DVD. 

Photographs
Guests are welcome to take pictures from their seats and open areas on the lawn. Please stay behind posted stanchions and police / security personnel.

A professional photograph from Candid Color will be taken of each graduate as the president presented his / her diploma. Please allow approximately 10 days after the graduation for images to be posted on
www.candidcolor.net and click on Graduation Day. Then enter the code: CNUG14. 
A 43-mm proof and all ordering information will be sent to the graduate’s permanent address on file at the University.

Please log on to your CNU Live record, under ‘Personal Information,’ via CNU Connect to verify your address and phone number. If you have not already done so, please provide a cell phone number if this is your preferred method of contact. 

Cell phones and pagers
During the procession, ceremony and recessional, we ask guests to please remain at their seats, keep all aisles clear and silence all cell phones and pagers.

Special needs requests must be received on or before May 5, 2014.

Special Needs Seating
Limited special needs seating is available. This seating is reserved for guests who have a medical reason to be out of the sun or require the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Because seating in this area is limited, only one individual may sit with the special needs guest. Be sure to arrive early for special needs seating. Should Commencement be moved indoors, both the special needs guest and the assisting individual must have a rain ticket.

The Great Lawn is a flat surface and is wheelchair accessible, therefore those with limited mobility do not need special needs access, but can sit in the regular seating on the Great Lawn.  Drop off is available for those guests who need to be dropped off.
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Written requests for special seating may be mailed or e-mailed to:

The Office of University Events
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
E-mail: cnuevents@cnu.edu

Special Needs Parking
A limited number of handicapped-designated parking spaces are available to vehicles identified with Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle handicapped license plates and temporary decals.

Seniors at commencement
When and where will Commencement be held?
Commencement will be held on May 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn on the campus of Christopher Newport University. In the case of extreme inclement weather, the rain plan will be implemented and we will move inside to the Freeman Center Field House.

What time should I arrive?
The Great Lawn will open for seating at 7 a.m. We ask that all guests are seated by 9:45 a.m. for our 10 a.m. ceremony. 

Do I need tickets to attend?
When Commencement is held outside, no tickets are needed.  Incase of rain, one will need to obtain rain tickets from their student. See the rain plan for more information.

I have a guest with special needs.  How will you accommodate that?
Limited special needs seating is available. This seating is reserved for guests with a medical need to be out of the sun or who require the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Because seating in this area is limited, only one individual may sit with special needs guest. Be sure to arrive early for special needs seating. A pass is required for entrance to this area. Should Commencement be moved indoors, both the special needs guest and the assisting individual must have a rain ticket.

pst and gradWritten requests for special seating may be mailed or emailed to:

The Office of University Events
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
Email: cnuevents@cnu.edu

What happens if it rains?
If it rains, Commencement will still be held outdoors, so please bring your rain gear!  In the case of extreme inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the Freeman Center and the rain plan will be implemented. 

Where do I park?
Free parking is available in any of the parking areas on campus. Check with parking attendants on duty; they will direct you to the closest available space. Remember that carpooling helps alleviate traffic congestion. For more parking information, go to parking.cnu.edu.

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How long is the ceremony?
The actual ceremony lasts about 2 hours. Diplomas will be handed out directly following the ceremony in the courtyard between the David Student Union and the Trible Library.

How do I order my announcements?
You may order your announcements during Commencement 101 along with your cap and gown or go directly to the Jostens website.

How do I order my cap and gown?
You may purchase your cap and gown during Commencement 101 or beginning February 14. You may call the Captains Locker (757-599-5170) to place your order or if you have any questions.

How do I register for graduation?
Graduation registration is now open. All students MUST register in order to graduate.

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How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?
All graduating students should have filled out an Intent to Graduate (PDF) form during the second semester of their junior year.  If you have a question about your status to graduate, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 757-594-7155.

Will the Captain's Locker be open during Commencement Weekend?
The Captain's Locker will be open during Commencement Weekend from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Is there a dress code for graduates? If so, what is it?
Yes, graduates are expected to be in business attire with NO flip flops. Comfortable shoes and low heels are encouraged because there is a long walk across campus and you will be walking on the Great Lawn, which can be a very uneven and soft surface. 
 
Will there be pictures taken of the graduates? 
A professional photograph from Candid Color will be taken of each graduate as the President presents his/her diploma. Within two weeks after graduation, a 43-mm proof and all ordering information will be sent to the graduate’s permanent address on file at the University. There is no obligation to purchase photographs. You will also be able to purchase photographs online at http://www.candidcolor.net/.
 
Will the ceremony be video taped?
The ceremony will be professionally filmed and a Commencement DVD may be purchased through for a tax deductible donation of $50. Please call the Office of University Advancement at 757-594-7179 for more information.
 
Will I be able to view the Commencement ceremony online if I cannot attend?
Commencement will stream live on the CNU homepage. Please visit www.cnu.edu on May 10 at 10 a.m. in order to view a live video of the ceremony. 

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