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Graduation

Graduation 2020 - Instructions for Graduating Students

Saturday, November 21, 2020 times forthcoming: 

Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

This ceremony will honor undergraduate, masters, and specialist students who were eligible to participate in the postponed May 2020 ceremony.

  • Commencement will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the St. Charles Family Arena.
  • Students should check-in at Gate 2
    • We will provide check-in times when they become available
  • We will confer all doctorate, specialist, master’s, and undergraduate
  • Upon arrival, students will be ushered to their seat by a university employee. In their seat, the graduate will find a program, any honors cords they have earned, their diploma cover, and a card containing their graduation information. The card will include the student name and line-up information. Please keep this card with you during the ceremony and make sure that you have it when you walk toward the stage.  You will present the card to the reader on stage. 
  • To minimize risk surrounding the COVID-19 virus, students will begin the ceremony seated. There will not be a processional or a recessional.
  • Students will be limited to 4 guests each. We will provide you with tickets in early November.
  • Guests will need tickets for the ceremony. The guest gates (1 and 3) will open an hour before the ceremony on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the St. Charles Family Arena. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the events to allow time for traffic, parking, and metal detectors at the entry gates, and to assure easy access to seats and services.
  • We will live-stream the ceremony on our website.
  • No security will be available to protect personal belongings.  Please do not expect to leave clothing or valuables in the dressing areas during the ceremony.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Undergraduate Students

This ceremony will honor our Fall 2020 undergraduate students.

  • Commencement will be held Sunday, November 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the St. Charles Family Arena.
  • Students should check-in at Gate 2
    • Students with last names A-F should check in at 11:45am
    • Students with last names G-L should check in at 12:00pm
    • Students with last names M-R should check in at 12:15pm
    • Students with last names S-Z should check in at 12:30pm
  • We will honor all undergraduate students
  • Upon arrival, students will be ushered to their seat by a university employee. In their seat, the graduate will find a program, any honors cords they have earned, their diploma cover, and a card containing their graduation information. The card will include the student name and line-up information. Please keep this card with you during the ceremony and make sure that you have it when you walk toward the stage.  You will present the card to the reader on stage. 
  • To minimize risk surrounding the COVID-19 virus, students will begin the ceremony seated. There will not be a processional or a recessional.
  • Students will be limited to 4 guests each. We will provide you with tickets in early November.
  • Guests will need tickets for the ceremony. The guest gates (1 and 3) will open at 12:00pm (noon) on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the St. Charles Family Arena. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the events to allow time for traffic, parking, and metal detectors at the entry gates, and to assure easy access to seats and services.
  • We will live-stream the ceremony.
  • No security will be available to protect personal belongings.  Please do not expect to leave clothing or valuables in the dressing areas during the ceremony.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Graduate Students

This ceremony will honor our Fall 2020 graduate students and Spring 2020 doctoral students.

  • Commencement will be held Sunday, November 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. at the St. Charles Family Arena.
  • Students should check-in at Gate 2
    • Students with last names A-F should check in at 3:45pm
    • Students with last names G-L should check in at 4:00pm
    • Students with last names M-R should check in at 4:15pm
    • Students with last names S-Z should check in at 4:30pm
  • We will honor all graduate students
  • Upon arrival, students will be ushered to their seat by a university employee. In their seat, the graduate will find a program, any honors cords they have earned, their diploma cover, and a card containing their graduation information. The card will include the student name and line-up information. Please keep this card with you during the ceremony and make sure that you have it when you walk toward the stage.  You will present the card to the reader on stage. 
  • To minimize risk surrounding the COVID-19 virus, students will begin the ceremony seated. There will not be a processional or a recessional.
  • Students will be limited to 4 guests each. We will provide you with tickets in early November.
  • Guests will need tickets for the ceremony. The guest gates (1 and 3) will open at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the St. Charles Family Arena. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the events to allow time for traffic, parking, and metal detectors at the entry gates, and to assure easy access to seats and services.
  • We will live-stream the ceremony.
  • No security will be available to protect personal belongings.  Please do not expect to leave clothing or valuables in the dressing areas during the ceremony.

Reserve a Cap and Gown

All graduates participating in the commencement ceremony are required to wear appropriate academic attire. Participants should not borrow or plan to use regalia from a prior ceremony. All orders MUST be placed using the Herff Jones website for the November 21 & 22, 2020 ceremonies. Graduates will need to use our online regalia ordering option.

Online orders must be placed between September 14, 2020 and October 4, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time by going to the Herff Jones website listed below and clicking on the link “RESERVE A CAP AND GOWN”. 

  • Select your degree level (Bachelor, Master, Specialist, or Doctorate).
  • (For Bachelor’s and Master’s students) select the academic school to which your degree belongs. If you are receiving multiple degrees, choose the school with which you would like to walk.
  • Then click the “Cap & Gown” at the top of the screen to add your regalia to the shopping cart or click the optional “order your graduation package” link if you are interested in purchasing announcements, frames, etc.
  • Choose your regalia and complete questions regarding your area of study, measurements, program information, and demographic information.
  • Then click the “Proceed to Checkout” link and complete the remaining questions.
  • Your cap and gown will be shipped to your home address.
  • www.herffjones.com/college/lindenwood

Note: If you do not receive a confirmation email from Herff Jones within 48 hours of placing your order. Please contact the customer service number provided on their website to confirm your order.

Undergraduate students pay a graduation fee of $100, $125 fee for graduate students and $200 fee for doctoral students. All outstanding Lindenwood charges must be paid before diplomas are released. All graduating students must pay the graduation fee regardless of whether the students choose to participate in the ceremony.


Directions to St. Charles Family Arena

The Family Arena is conveniently located approximately 1 1/4 miles south of I-70 and 5th Street in St. Charles on Arena Parkway.

From Interstate 70, coming from St. Louis County:
Take exit #229B, Continue on South 5th Street for approximately 1 mile. At Arena Parkway. The Arena will be on the left hand side, about 1/4 mile ahead.

From Interstate 70, coming from west St. Charles County:
Take the 5th Street exit, exit #229. Turn right onto South 5th Street. Continue for approximately 1 mile. At Arena Parkway. The Arena will be on the left hand side, about 1/4 mile ahead.

Traveling on Highway 40/64 West from Chesterfield or East from St. Charles County:
Take Highway 94 North. Continue on Highway 94 North for approximately 5 miles to Zumbehl/Friedens Road. Turn right onto Friedens Road and continue for approximately 2 miles. At Arena Parkway, turn right. The Arena will be on the left-hand side, about 1/4 mile ahead.

From 364 (Page Extension):
From 270 take 364 West to the Arena Parkway/ Upper Bottom Road exit #14. Make a right onto Arena Parkway. The Arena is one mile on the right. When traveling North on Hwy 94 from Hwy 40/64, take 364 east to the Arena Parkway/ Upper Bottom Road exit #14. Turn left on to Arena Parkway. The Arena is one mile on the right.

From Lindenwood University:
Take First Capitol East to 5th Street, make a right onto 5th Street.
Continue on South 5th Street for approximately 1 mile. At Arena Parkway. The Arena will be on your left-hand side, about 1/4 mile ahead.


Etiquette

Commencement Etiquette and Common Courtesy

The conferring of an academic degree is a tradition that dates back more than 600 years and is regarded as an important rite of passage for students and their families. Some students will be the first in their families to achieve a college degree. While commencement is a time for celebration, please remember this long and respected tradition and approach the ceremony with proper decorum and respect.

With this in mind, graduating students are required to remain seated until all graduates have been given their well-deserved recognition and the ceremony ends.

Again, graduates will not be allowed to leave the ceremony early, so please use the restrooms before the program begins.


Graduates with Accessibility Needs

Students with Accessibility Needs
Please inform the student and accessibility coordinator immediately of any special arrangements that will enable you to participate fully in the commencement exercises by calling Mr. Jeremy Keye at (636) 949-4510 or by email at jkeye@lindenwood.edu.  Sign language interpretation will be provided at Commencement.

Guests with Accessibility Needs

Accessible guest seating is available on a first-come basis. Once inside the building, an usher will direct you to the designated seating areas. Please call Mr. Jeremy Keye at (636) 949-4510 or by email at jkeye@lindenwood.edu, if additional accommodations need to be made.  Sign language interpretation will be provided at Commencement.


Health Information

To protect the health and safety of all of our graduates, their families, and our staff, please do not attend the ceremony if you are feeling unwell or believe you have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 2 weeks.


Guest Ticket Information

The university will provide you with tickets in early November.


Grad Images – Photography

Lindenwood University contracts with GradImages® to photograph each graduate participating in Commencement. These photos are taken of graduates: 1) receiving their diploma, 2) standing in front of a Lindenwood banner, and 3) a close up photograph. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail, and GradImages will contact them when their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. While there is no obligation to make a purchase, proofs will be emailed and mailed to each student’s address. Up to 6 (six) family members’ contact information may be added to help share the good news and the photos by going to the GradImages site.

Lindenwood University has no affiliation with the photographer; inquiries should be directed to GradImages® Customer Service Department, they can be reached by phone at 1 (800) 261-2576, via the web at www.gradimages.com, or via mail at GradImages® 3490 Martin Hurst Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312.


Hooding Ceremony for Doctoral Students

The Fall 2020 Hooding Ceremony will be held on November 22 at 2:00pm at the Scheidegger Center. Students who were planning to participate in the May Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be invited to participate in the Fall Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The School of Education will contact eligible students with further information. Questions may be directed to Dr. Bob Steffes (rsteffes@lindenwood.edu).

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should candidates arrive at the St. Charles Family Arena and when will the ceremonies begin?

All graduating students choosing to participate in the ceremony are required to check-in for the ceremony at the check-in tables by entering through Gate 2.

  • Students should arrive at their designated check in time on Saturday, November 21—we will release the check-in time after we finalize the ceremony time. This ceremony will honor undergraduate, masters, and specialist students who were eligible to participate in the postponed May 2020 ceremony.
  • Students should arrive at their designated check in time on Sunday, November 22 for the 1 p.m. ceremony. This ceremony will honor our Fall 2020 undergraduate students.
    • Students with last names A-F should check in at 11:45am
    • Students with last names G-L should check in at 12:00pm
    • Students with last names M-R should check in at 12:15pm
    • Students with last names S-Z should check in at 12:30pm
  • Students should arrive at their designated check in time on Sunday, November 22 for the 5 p.m. ceremony. This ceremony will honor our Fall 2020 graduate students and Spring 2020 doctoral students.
    • Students with last names A-F should check in at 3:45pm
    • Students with last names G-L should check in at 4:00pm
    • Students with last names M-R should check in at 4:15pm
    • Students with last names S-Z should check in at 4:30pm

How will I check in?

When you arrive, you will give your name to a university employee. The representative will escort you to your seat, which will have your diploma cover, name card, honors cords, and a program waiting for you. Please keep this card and remember to take it and your diploma cover to the stage with you when you walk.

Is there a place to store student’s personal items during the ceremony?

The St. Charles Family Arena does not have a coat check or lockers for personal items.

Do guests need tickets?

Yes. Guests will need tickets. Each student will receive 4 tickets.

We will host a live-stream of the ceremony on our website so all of your loved ones can share your big moment.

What time should guests arrive?

The St. Charles Family Arena will open to the public 1 hour before the start of each ceremony.  Guests who require an elevator may enter through Gate 1 to access 100 and 200-level seating. The elevator is located on the west side of the Main Lobby. Guests may also enter through gate 3.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the events to allow time for traffic, parking, and metal detectors at the entry gates, and to assure easy access to seats and services.

How long does the ceremony usually last?

The ceremony will be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in length.

How do I order my cap and gown for the ceremony?

Order online at the Herff Jones website between September 14, 2020 and October 4, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time at.  All orders will be shipped directly to the address you enter when you place your order.

Do I have to wear a cap and gown to the commencement ceremony?

Yes, all faculty and students taking part in the graduation ceremony are required to wear traditional academic attire.

Can I participate if I already have a cap and gown from somewhere else?

No. Graduating students must order a cap and gown from Herff Jones. Herff Jones provides Lindenwood with a list of students who placed orders online and this list is used to generate the lineup and seating for the ceremony. If you have not ordered from Herff Jones, you will not have a place in the lineup or a place in the graduating student seating area.

Will my name be read?

Yes. All graduating students come to the stage, present their card to the reader, walk across the stage, then they are congratulated by the President and dean of your school.

Does Lindenwood offer a name pronunciation tool?

Lindenwood partners with NameCoach, students may record their diploma name via the NameCoach website so our reader(s) may review and practice before the ceremony.  An email with the NameCoach information will be sent to students who order regalia.

How will students line-up for the ceremony?

For the Fall 2020 ceremonies, there will not be a student processional or recessional. You will begin the ceremony seated and then dismissed by row at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Do I qualify for general honors, and how do I get my honors cords?

The Lindenwood faculty awards general honors to those undergraduate students who have completed all degree requirements with academic distinction. To be eligible for general honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 50 semester hours in residence at Lindenwood University. Students whose Lindenwood cumulative grade point averages fall within the following ranges are eligible for Cum Laude (3.70 to 3.85), Magna Cum Laude (3.86 to 3.93), or Summa Cum Laude (3.94 to 4.00). Students must have achieved the minimum cumulative GPA by the end of the academic quarter or semester preceding May Commencement. General honors cannot be based on the estimated outcome of terms in progress at the time of Fall Commencement. Please note: General honors are not awarded to graduate, specialist, or doctoral students.

When and where do I pick up my honors cords?

Honors cords for eligible students will be waiting for you on your seat.

Do Graduate students receive general honors?

No.

Do I have to wear my hood during the ceremony if I am a graduate student?

Graduate students should wear all items including the hood when they arrive for check-in at Commencement.

Do I have a graduation fee?

The Business Office wishes to congratulate this year’s graduates and would like to remind students to review their account balance in their student portal. The fee for undergraduate students is $100, $125 for master’s students, and $200 for doctorate students.  All outstanding Lindenwood charges must be paid before diplomas are released. All graduating students must pay the graduation fee regardless of whether they choose to participate in the ceremony.

Is there a graduation rehearsal I need to attend?

No, there is no rehearsal.

When do I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed directly to the student’s billing address listed in our student information system if the account balance does not have a delinquent balance.  Diplomas will be mailed between five and eight weeks after the conferral date (March 30, May 30, June 30, August 15, October 30, December 30).  Conferral date is defined as the date on which your degree is officially awarded, it will not be the Commencement date.  All graduating students will receive a complimentary transcript if the account balance does not have a delinquent balance.  This will be mailed separately a month after the conferral date.

Will professional photos be taken?

As you cross the stage, you will stop at a paw print on the floor, pose with the President for a photograph, proceed to the end of the stage to be congratulated by the dean of your school, exit the stage, follow the paw prints, and then pose for another photo in front of a Lindenwood banner.


Lindenwood University contracts with GradImages® to photograph each graduate at Commencement. These photos are taken of graduates receiving their diploma and standing in front of a Lindenwood banner. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail, and GradImages will contact them when their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. While there is no obligation to make a purchase, proofs will be emailed and mailed to each student’s address. Up to 6 (six) family members’ contact information may be added to help share the good news and the photos by going to the GradImages site.

Lindenwood University has no affiliation with the photographer; inquiries should be directed to GradImages® Customer Service Department, and they can be reached by phone at 1 (800) 261-2576, via the web at www.gradimages.com, or via mail at GradImages® 3490 Martin Hurst Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312

 

Where can I purchase Graduation announcements and class rings?

Formal graduation announcements and class rings are available to order online.

 

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