Midyear Completion Celebration

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM (doors open at 3:30 PM)
Salomon Center for Teaching, De Diccio Family Auditorium, Reception to follow in Sayles Hall 

Midyear Completers (.5ers) REGISTER HERE BY NOVEMBER 1

Faculty, Relatives, and other Guests RSVP HERE BY NOVEMBER 1

The Midyear Completion Ceremony is held annually in honor of students completing degree requirements in the summer and fall semester (affectionally called ".5ers"). The event allows students, family, and friends to celebrate seniors' achievements in an intimate, relaxed setting. The Ceremony features brief speeches by two students and a member of the faculty. 

This year's ceremony will be hosted by Dean Maud Mandel and will feature Provost Richard Locke as the faculty speaker. Student orators will be announced in the fall. Speeches from past Celebrations are available here.

Below are a few questions frequently asked by .5ers:

What is the attire for the Midyear Completion Celebration? Do students and faculty wear regalia? 

Academic regalia is not worn for this event.  There is no particular dress code, but because this is a festive and celebtratory event, students often wear dresses, skirts, slacks, tie, etc.

Is seating reserved for .5ers or guests?
.5ers who have registered by the NOV 1 deadline sit in reserved seating in the front center section. There is no reserved seating for guests of .5ers, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a small section reserved for faculty and staff who RSVP by NOV 1 and arrive by 3:50 PM.

What time should I arrive on Saturday?
Students should arrive at 3:20 PM.

What time should my guests arrive?
Doors open for guests at  3:30 PM.  

Will I get my diploma at the Ceremony?
No. .5ers receive their diplomas in May of the following calendar year. Students who do not pick up their diplomas at the departmental degree ceremony will receive their diplomas in the mail to the address listed in banner.

Can I walk in Commencement with my class?
Yes! .5ers may walk in the May Commencement that either precedes or follows the completion of their requirements in December - or both! Your name will only be listed in the program if you have already completed degree requirements (in other words, in the May after you finish). Either way, you should let your department know whether or not you plan to attend - especially in the May prior to your degree completion.