Stevenson University staff and seniors are preparing for all the events and excitement of Commencement week 2019.
Commencement week events will begin on May 20 and continue through the 23. These events include Baccalaureate, Nurses Pinning, and the 66th Commencement, according to Stevenson.edu.
Baccalaureate will be held on Monday evening, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the gym at Greenspring, 1525 Greenpring Valley Road, and lasts about an hour. This event is planned by the Senior Class Council for the graduating class to gather and celebrate finishing college and moving on to the next phase of their life after Stevenson University. The celebrant will be Meghan Marx, assistant professor of art; the faculty reflection will be delivered by Dawn Ward, associate professor of chemistry; and the student reflection by senior Lauren Novsak.
The Nurses Pinning ceremony will be held on May 21 at 7 p.m. in the Greenspring campus gymnasium. Families and friends will come together to watch graduating nurses be welcomed to the professional nursing community and be presented with a Stevenson University nursing pin.
Commencement for Stevenson University Online will be held on May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Greenspring campus gymnasium as will the tradition undergraduate commencement on May 23.
Seniors each receive five tickets for the traditional undergraduate ceremony. Overflow seating is available in the Inscape Theatre, where the ceremony will stream live. Theatre seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and tickets are not required for this seating. There is also a live feed for those who cannot attend the ceremony on campus.
Seniors should report 45 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. They will be given a card with their name and graduation line order. Graduates may wear cords or stoles representing any university-sponsored organization. Outside organizations that have not been recognized by Stevenson cannot be represented by a cord or stole, according to the Registrar.
According to the Registrar’s Commencement website, “Doors to the gym will open one hour before the start of the ceremony. Seating areas are not assigned and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. When the procession begins, no one will be allowed to enter the Manuszak Center until the procession is complete.” Balloon bouquets can obstruct the view of the stage for others, so any balloons should remain in a vehicle until the conclusion of the ceremony. Those guests who have accessibility needs should contact Lisa C. Labrecque at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, the Brown School of Business and Leadership, and the Fine School of the Sciences will have their ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony for the School of Design, the School of Education, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will begin at 3 p.m. Each ceremony will last approximately two hours, and there will be a reception for guests following each one.
The guest speaker for the Commencement ceremony on May 23 will be Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, who as the 29th Adjutant General of Maryland, overseas the daily operations of the Maryland military, including the Army National Guard, the Maryland Air National Guard, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland Defense Force. A Frederick county native, Singh has had a 30-year military career, including deployments in Kosovo and a combat tour in Afghanistan.
Commencement is a highlight of the year for the Stevenson community, as well as for each specific school or program, according to Pamela Daniels, assistant registrar.
Daniels said weather is a challenge facing graduation; she hopes for nice weather to allow the graduates to walk outside and be applauded by their faculty following the ceremony.
Senior Olivia Hare shares her excitement to graduate and find opportunities in the workforce. Hare will be graduating with a degree in business communication and spent her time at Stevenson involved in many organizations, including the Student Government Association, residence life, student activities.
While she is sad to see her classes end, she reflects on the connections she made and how Stevenson University has prepared her for her future career. Hare said she enjoyed being able to “make an impact on the university.”