Introduction of Platform Guests – Jann Weitzel, Ph.D., President of Cottey College
Remarks – Amy Alonso, Ed.D., Class of 1995, Director of the Cottey College Alumnae Association
Remarks and Introduction of Speaker – Dr. Weitzel
Commencement Address – Tatsiana Khvitsko-Trimborn, M.S., Class of 2010
Remarks – Sue Baker, President of International Chapter, P.E.O. Sisterhood
Remarks – Mathilda Hatfield, Chair of the Cottey College Board of Trustees
Remarks – Amy Jernigan, Class of 2018 Student Speaker
Full Ceremony (copyrighted music is muted)
Photos from Capping are online and available at cottey.edu/capping-pictures
It has been a busy and exciting academic year at Cottey, and preparations are underway for Commencement weekend, May 11-13. Family members and friends are welcome to participate in the activities.
Many of the Commencement activities are long-standing traditions at Cottey, and all students are encouraged to remain on campus until Commencement is completed. Students intending to participate in Commencement must have filed an Intent to Graduate form in the Office of Academic Records. Students within nine hours of completing graduation requirements may also walk at Commencement, but must filed a Late Graduation Petition form in the Office of Academic Records. Walking at Commencement does not guarantee that degree requirements have been met by May 13. As is the case each year, some students will not complete all degree requirements.
At Yellow and White Dinner, sophomore students are honored by the freshman students. Dressier attire is appropriate for all who attend. Seating for this dinner is limited and advanced tickets are required. There is no charge for residential students. Each sophomore will be able to reserve her own ticket and purchase two guest tickets in Raney Dining Room on April 11 and 12. Guest tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6-12, and tickets must be paid for at the time the reservation is made. Additional guests will be placed on a waiting list at the time of ticket purchase, and sophomore students may purchase for those additional guests on April 13 on a space available basis. If seating is available, other Cottey students will be able to reserve their tickets on April 23, 24, and 25. At 5:45 p.m., sophomore students will meet in the Robertson Hall parlor to enter into the dining room after the guests are seated. A Baccalaureate Service follows the dinner at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.
At Blue and White Luncheon, senior students are honored by the junior students. Dressier attire is appropriate for all who attend. Seating for this meal is limited and advanced tickets are required. There is no charge for residential students. Each senior will be able to reserve her own ticket and purchase tickets for guests in Raney Dining Room on April 16 and 17. Guest tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6-12, and tickets must be paid for at the time the reservation is made. Junior students will be able to reserve their tickets on April 23, 24, and 25. If seating is available, other Cottey students may also reserve tickets for Blue and White on those days.
Students are recognized for outstanding achievements at Honors and Awards Convocation on Saturday morning. Scholarships and other academic awards are presented, including the announcement of the associate students with the top grade point averages and those who have distinguished accomplishments in athletics and state and national competitions. First and Second Lei Awards will be presented and baccalaureate students graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude will be honored.
All students are required to attend the Commencement rehearsal on Thursday afternoon, May 10, at 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors meet on the steps of Hinkhouse; sophomores and seniors meet in the gymnasium. Students must be present to receive important instructions essential for the ceremony to run smoothly. Decorated mortarboards must be brought to the Commencement rehearsal for approval by designated staff. Following Commencement rehearsal, choir rehearsal will be held in the gymnasium at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Capping on Saturday evening is a tradition that dates to the early days of the College when each graduate of the two-year program selected a first-year student to place the traditional mortarboard upon her head the evening before Commencement. Today, each student selects two or three cappers who are special to her to participate in the ceremony, which takes place on the front steps of Main Hall, weather permitting. Graduating students will wear their academic regalia. Capping is organized by the second- and fourth-year classes and further information and instructions will be shared later. Cottey College will take photos of the event which will be made available to participants for downloading.
Cottey’s 134th Commencement will take place on Sunday morning, May 13, at 10 a.m. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Commencement speaker is Tatsiana Khvitsko-Trimborn. Ms. Khvitsko-Trimborn is a 2010 Cottey graduate who currently serves as a lead designer, marketer, and manufacturer of innovative textiles for medical and consumer markets. Her personal story will serve as an inspiration to all. Graduates will meet in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m. and each will receive daisies to carry in the procession to Hinkhouse Center, placing them in a basket in the foyer as she enters. After the ceremony, the junior students leave first, followed by the freshman students. Both classes will pick up daisies to participate in the Daisy Chain through which the new graduates walk. Passing Cottey’s flower from one class to another on this occasion symbolizes the tie between past and future classes. Sophomore students who have enrolled in a Cottey baccalaureate program will receive a bouquet of three daisies from a current junior student. Freshmen and juniors participating in the Daisy Chain must wear white.
Members of the national two-year and four-year honorary societies are authorized by the College to wear stoles or cords with their academic regalia. Baccalaureate degree students graduating with Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude honors are presented gold cords by the College and are authorized to wear them with their academic regalia. It is up to each student organization or group to determine eligibility and obtain the stoles or cords for their members. Graduates may also wear authorized pins recognizing their campus involvement on their graduation robes. Pins will be attached to a four-inch white daisy that has been ordered and will be sold through SGA. Pins should be of a reasonable size so that multiple pins can be worn on the daisy.
A brunch in Raney Dining Room immediately follows Commencement. Advance tickets are not required; guests will pay at the door. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 and under. The residence halls close at 5 p.m.
Commencement weekend is important for Cottey, and we will have many visitors on campus. Cottey students who require accommodations or have questions about accessibility for Commencement events should contact Stephanie D. McGhee at (417) 667-8181, extension 2131 or email@example.com by April 27, 2018, or as soon as the need is realized. To request accessibility accommodations for guests, please contact Betsy McReynolds at (417) 667-8181, extension 2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org by April 27, 2018, or as soon as the need is realized. Best wishes with your studies in these few remaining weeks.
Photography By Wynn will be taking pictures to capture the moment you receive your diploma. If you would like to have a photo to forever remember this important moment they will be available for purchase at photographybywynn.zenfolio.com under the Cottey College Graduation tab.
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