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Commencement 101 for 2007
3,600 expected to march in June 8-9 ceremonies

May 30, 2007
By Meryl Smith

Soon-to-be graduates of Ohio University will proudly stride to the Convocation Center stage in three separate ceremonies Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. With mothers, fathers, siblings and friends coming from all over to witness this rewarding moment, there is some important information for visitors to keep in mind.

Some 600 master's and doctoral students will walk in a 9:30 a.m. ceremony June 8, and a total of 3,000 undergraduates (about 1,500 each in separate morning and afternoon ceremonies) will participate in 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. exercises June 9.

Undergraduates are grouped depending on college size. The morning ceremony is for graduates of the College of Business, College of Fine Arts, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication, University College and regional campuses. The afternoon ceremony will feature graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Services as well as Honors Tutorial College.

Tickets are not required for admission to Ohio University's commencement ceremonies, however, seating at the Convocation Center is on a first-come, first-served basis. On commencement days, campus parking restrictions are not enforced, and guests are welcome to park in any of the university lots without being ticketed. There is no reserved parking for commencement attendees.

Visitors also are advised that traffic can be heavy in Athens on Commencement weekend, and they are urged to arrive early. Visitors, especially those coming from Columbus, Lancaster and other cities northwest of Athens, should be advised of lane restrictions and ramp closures on U.S. 33 near the junction of Ohio 550. That section of highway will be limited to one lane in each direction. As part of the road work, the ramp from U.S. 33 eastbound to Columbus Road will be closed. Drivers also will find the entrance ramp closed from Columbus Road to U.S. 33 westbound. Motorists should allow themselves extra time to navigate these restrictions.

The Convocation Center doors will open one hour prior to ceremonies. Students must report to the Convo garage by 8:45 a.m. for the morning ceremonies on Friday and Saturday and by 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony on Saturday.

Guests will enter the main doors off Richland Avenue. Those who need special seating accommodations are asked to use the service entrance off South Shafer Street. Immediately after each ceremony, the various colleges will have separate receptions. Students and guests are encouraged to contact their college student-services office for details.

The speaker for the June 8 graduate ceremony is Dr. Valerie Martin Conley, an associate professor of counseling and higher education and director of the university's Center for Higher Education. She was chosen by Graduate Student Senate, which named her Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member.

Speaking at the undergraduate ceremonies is Dr. Jennie S. Hwang, president of H-Technologies Group and a pioneer among women in science and business.

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Published: Jul 20, 2006 3:50:00 PM
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