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Just Like That – Another Commencement Ceremony is Complete!

It has been a busy and exciting academic year at Cottey, and preparations are underway for Commencement weekend, May 10-12. 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 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.

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.

Cottey’s 135th Commencement will take place on Sunday morning, May 12, at 10 a.m. We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Commencement speaker is Kim Haddow, Class of 1975. Ms. Haddow is the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and serves as an LPGA Class A golf instruction specialist at Antelope Hills Golf Course. She received the 2017 Coach of Character Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. 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.

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 will be available from SGA. Pins should be of a reasonable size so that multiple pins can be worn on the daisy.