107th Commencement Ceremony
November 21 & 22, 2020

College of Sciences and Technology

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

College of Liberal Arts

College of Nursing &
John Folse Culinary Institute

College of Business Administration

Saturday, November 21, 2020

John L. Guidry Stadium – Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Session I ~ 9:00 a.m.
College of Liberal Arts

Session II ~ Noon
College of Nursing
Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

Session III ~ 3:00 p.m.
College of Business Administration

Sunday, November 22, 2020

John L. Guidry Stadium – Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Session I ~ 9:00 a.m.
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Session II ~ Noon
College of Sciences and Technology

Nicholls State University
Commencement Guidelines and Instructions

 

Nicholls State University will hold its Summer and Fall 2020 commencement ceremonies over two days, November 21-22, 2020, in John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus. This includes all Associate, Bachelor, and Masters degrees. The five commencement ceremonies for Summer and Fall 2020 are listed below.

Below are instructions concerning the commencement. Students, please read these instructions carefully. It is important that you check your student email and the Inside Students regularly for any changes or updates. Students and faculty are required to respect the dignity of the commencement ceremony and dress according to accepted policy.

GRADUATION CEREMONY SCHEDULE AND SEATING

Arrival and lineup instructions

All Graduation Candidates must assemble on the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 1 hour prior to their scheduled graduation ceremony.

 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Session I – 9:00 a.m.

College of Liberal Arts
Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 8:00 a.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

Session II – 12:00 Noon

College of Nursing
Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 11:00 a.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

Session III – 3:00 p.m.

College of Business Administration
Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 2:00 p.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Session I – 9:00 a.m.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 8:00 a.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

Session II – 12:00 Noon

College of Sciences and Technology
Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 11:00 a.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

College of Sciences and Technology
Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 11:00 a.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

  • Each graduate will find an index card with their name on it at their designated seat. The graduate must take this card with them when they proceed to Manning Field.
  • Also, at each designated seat, there will be a pencil and short employment survey. Each graduate should complete the card and submit it to the University administrator present.
  • Tassels on caps are to be worn on the left side at all times.
  • Candidates are urged not to bring purses and/or valuables inside.

Faculty

Faculty marching in Commencement Exercises will assemble in the lobby of Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall no later than 45 minutes prior to their college’s scheduled graduation ceremony:

Saturday, November 21, 2020

    1. College of Liberal Arts – Arrive in Ayo Hall no later than 8:15 a.m.
    2. College of Nursing and Chef John Folse Culinary Institute – Arrive in Ayo Hall no later than 11:15 a.m.
    3. College of Business Administration – Arrive in Ayo Hall no later than 2:15 p.m.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

  1. College of Education and Behavioral Sciences – Arrive in Ayo Hall no later than 8:15 a.m.
  2. College of Sciences and Technology – Arrive in Ayo Hall no later than 11:15 a.m.

PROCESSION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Ten minutes before the ceremony begins, all candidates will proceed to their seats on Manning Field as directed by the faculty marshals. Comfortable dress shoes are recommended for the short walk and on the field. We ask that you please remain standing after being directed to your designated seating section.
  1. Faculty, double file and distanced, will be directed to proceed to the entrance of Manning Field and down the center aisle of the student seating section. At that point they will be directed to the faculty seating areas by faculty marshals. We ask that you please remain standing once you arrive at your seat.
  1. Officials and dignitaries will move to positions on stage and remain standing.

CEREMONY PROCEDURES

  1. We ask that you remain standing during the rendition of the National Anthem and delivery of the Invocation. Males are asked to remove caps and place them over the left side of the chest during this phase of the program.
  1. Upon the conclusion of the Invocation, all may be seated and males are requested to replace   All will remain seated during the introductions and commencement address.
  1. Important to all degree candidates: Presentation of Candidates for Degrees will be made for each group of degree candidates by Dr. Westbrook followed by the Conferring of Degrees for these candidates by Dr. Clune.  Each group will be asked to stand in unison, be recognized, and then be seated. Degrees will be conferred in this order:  Specialist degree candidates, Master’s degree candidates, Bachelor’s degree candidates, and Associate degree candidates, as appropriate.
  1. Clune will announce the Presentation of Diplomas by college and department. Honor graduates will be recognized prior to the conferring of degrees.
  1. A reader will call the name of individual graduates (the graduate will present his/her name card to the reader) for each college. Faculty marshals will assist the degree candidates during the ceremony.  The faculty marshals will direct you to the stage. After receiving your diploma cover, return to your seat as directed by the faculty marshals and remain standing until all degree candidates have returned to your seating row.  This group will then be seated.  Master’s degrees will be awarded, followed by Bachelor’s degree candidates, followed by the Associate degree candidates.  The same procedure will be followed by each respective college as appropriate to the degrees awarded.
  1. We ask that all rise for the Alma Mater and remain standing during the Benediction. Males are asked to remove caps and place over the left side of the chest.
  1. Upon completion of the Benediction all are asked to remain standing in place until the officials and dignitaries have departed the stage and moved past the first row of the faculty. The faculty will then follow the stage party, beginning with the first faculty row. Graduates will stand fast until the last row of the faculty has moved past the last row of students.  The graduates will then be dismissed from Manning Field by the faculty marshals.

 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARATION OF COMMENCEMENT

Graduation caps may be decorated in celebration of your graduation.  Any decorations applied to the cap should be appropriate and in good taste, and should not contain any offensive language or graphics.  Additionally, decorations should not obstruct the view of any other graduate when seated or standing.

  1. Each graduation candidate must order a cap and gown with the Bookstore, which is usually done in conjunction with Graduate Day held at the beginning of the semester. If you did not attend Graduate Day, you must see the bookstore to order your cap and gown. You may check with the Bookstore two weeks before commencement regarding the arrival of caps and gowns. It is your responsibility to pick up your own cap and gown order from the bookstore on campus before the day of the ceremony. The bookstore can be reached at (985) 448-4540.
  1. All graduation candidates should wear comfortable dark dress shoes for the walk to Manning Field.
  1. Suggested dress for women includes street-length dresses or dress slacks and a blouse, preferably of a dark color, under the gown with comfortable dark dress shoes.
  1. Suggested dress for men includes white shirts without coats, ties, and dark trousers. Dark, comfortable dress shoes and socks are also recommended.
  2. Please respect the dignity of your academic robe by avoiding the attachments of personal decorations or signs.

  3. The academic cap should be pulled halfway down the forehead so the upper part of the forehead is covered. The sides of the cap should be equidistant from the top center of the head.  The cap must not be worn at an angle. The long part of the cap fits over the back of the head. The tassel is to be placed on the left side of the cap.
  4. Graduation announcements are on sale at the Bookstore. For prices and ordering information, you may reach the Bookstore at (985) 448-4540.
  1. A professional photographer will take an individual picture of each graduate receiving a diploma. The photographer will mail proofs within two weeks of graduation. Please make sure your mailing address and email address are correct with the University on Banner Self Service.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION CEREMONY

To be eligible to walk in the graduation procession students must have applied for graduation by the stated deadline date with the intent to have met all graduation requirements by the end of the term.  Deans will have authority to grant exceptions to this requirement, but this exception should be granted rarely and for only unusual circumstances as determined by the dean.

106th Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Saturday, November 7, 2020

John L. Guidry Stadium – Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Session I ~ 9:00 a.m.

College of Business Administration

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

College of Liberal Arts

College of Nursing

College of Sciences and Technology

Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

 

Nicholls State University
Commencement Guidelines and Instructions

Nicholls State University will hold its Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies on November 7, 2020 in John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus. This includes all Associate, Bachelor, and Masters degrees.

Below are instructions concerning the commencement. Students, please read these instructions carefully. It is important that you check your student email and the Inside Students regularly for any changes or updates. Students and faculty are required to respect the dignity of the commencement ceremony and dress according to accepted policy.

There will be one commencement ceremony for Spring 2020.

GRADUATION CEREMONY SCHEDULE AND SEATING

Arrival and lineup instructions

All Graduation Candidates must assemble on the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 8:00am.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

All Graduates – 9:00 a.m.
College of Business Administration
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Nursing
College of Sciences and Technology
Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

Please report to the Visitor’s Side of John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls campus no later than 8:00 a.m. for instructions and to form the processional to Manning Field.

  • Each graduate will find an index card with their name on it at their designated seat. The graduate must take this card with them when they proceed to Manning Field.
  • Also, at each designated seat, there will be a pencil and short employment survey.
  • Each graduate should complete the card and submit it to the University administrator present.
  • Tassels on caps are to be worn on the left side at all times.
  • Candidates are urged not to bring purses and/or valuables inside.

The Nicholls Graduation Commencement Ceremonies are typically held twice a year after the Fall and Spring semesters. It’s an exciting time for our graduates and their families. Please review the following information to make this an enjoyable commencement journey for graduates and their families.

Nicholls State University will hold commencement ceremonies for Spring 2020 on Saturday, May 16, 2020. This includes all Associate, Bachelor, Masters and Specialist degrees.

Below are instructions concerning the commencement. Please read these instructions carefully. It is important that you check your student email and the Inside Students regularly for any changes or updates. Students and faculty are required to respect the dignity of the commencement ceremony and dress according to accepted policy. 

GRADUATION CEREMONY SCHEDULE AND SEATING

Arrival and lineup instructions

All Graduation Candidates must assemble in Peltier Auditorium on the Nicholls campus no later than 1 hour prior to their scheduled graduation ceremony:

Session I

College of Nursing and the College of Sciences and Technology
Arrive in Peltier Auditorium no later than 8:00 a.m.

 

Session II

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
Arrive in Peltier Auditorium no later than 11:00 a.m.

 

Session III

College of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts
Arrive in Peltier Auditorium no later than 2:00 p.m.

 

FACULTY

Faculty marching in Commencement Exercises will assemble in the lobby of Polk Hall no later than 45 minutes prior to their college’s scheduled graduation ceremony:

Session I

College of Nursing and College of Sciences and Technology
Arrive in Polk Hall no later than 8:15 a.m.

Session II

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
Arrive in Polk Hall no later than 11:15 a.m.

Session III

College of Business Administration and College of Liberal Arts
Arrive in Polk Hall no later than 2:15 p.m.

 

  • Each graduate will find an index card with their name on it at their designated seat. The graduate must take this card with them when they proceed to Stopher Gymnasium.
  • Also, at each designated seat, there will be a pencil and short employment survey. Each graduate should complete the card and submit it to the University administrator present.
  • Tassels on caps are to be worn on the left side at all times.
  • Candidates are urged not to bring purses and/or valuables inside.

PROCESSION INSTRUCTIONS

Ten minutes before the ceremony begins, all candidates will proceed to their seats in Stopher Gymnasium as directed by the faculty marshals. Comfortable dress shoes are recommended for the short walk from Peltier Hall to Stopher Gymnasium. We ask that you please remain standing after being directed to your designated seating section.

Faculty, double file, will be directed to proceed to the entrance of Stopher Gymnasium and down the center aisle of the student seating section. At that point they will be directed to the faculty seating areas by faculty marshals. We ask that you please remain standing once you arrive at your seat.

Officials and dignitaries will move to positions on stage and remain standing.

  1. We ask that you remain standing during the rendition of the National Anthem and delivery of the Invocation. Males are asked to remove caps and place them over the left side of the chest during this phase of the program.
  2. Upon the conclusion of the Invocation, all may be seated and males are requested to replace caps. All will remain seated during the introductions and commencement address.
  3. Important to all degree candidates: Presentation of Candidates for Degrees will be made for each group of degree candidates by Dr. Westbrook followed by the Conferring of Degrees for these candidates by Dr. Clune.  Each group will be asked to stand in unison, be recognized, and then be seated. Degrees will be conferred in this order:  Master’s degree candidates, Bachelor’s degree candidates, and Associate degree candidates, as appropriate.
  4. Clune will announce the Presentation of Diplomas by college and department. Honor graduates will be recognized prior to the conferring of degrees.
  5. A reader will call the name of individual graduates (the graduate will present his/her name card to the reader) for each college. Faculty marshals will assist the degree candidates during the ceremony.  The faculty marshals will direct you to the stage. After receiving your diploma cover, return to your seat as directed by the faculty marshals and remain standing until all degree candidates have returned to your seating row.  This group will then be seated.  Master’s degrees will be awarded, followed by Bachelor’s degree candidates, followed by the Associate degree candidates.  The same procedure will be followed by each respective college as appropriate to the degrees awarded.
  6. We ask that all rise for the Alma Mater and remain standing during the Benediction. Males are asked to remove caps and place over the left side of the chest.
  7. Upon completion of the Benediction all are asked to remain standing in place until the officials and dignitaries have departed the stage and moved past the first row of the faculty. The faculty will then follow the stage party, beginning with the first faculty row. Graduates will stand fast until the last row of the faculty has moved past the last row of students.  The graduates will then be dismissed from the Gymnasium floor by the faculty marshals.   

Graduation caps may be decorated in celebration of your graduation.  Any decorations applied to the cap should be appropriate and in good taste, and should not contain any offensive language or graphics.  Additionally, decorations should not obstruct the view of any other graduate when seated or standing.

  1. Each graduation candidate must order a cap and gown with the Bookstore, which is usually done in conjunction with Graduate Day held at the beginning of the semester. If you did not attend Graduate Day, you can order your cap and gown online.  You may check with the Bookstore two weeks before commencement regarding the arrival of caps and gowns.  It is your responsibility to pick up your own cap and gown order from the bookstore on campus before the day of the ceremony.  The bookstore can be reached at (985) 448-4540.
  2. All graduation candidates should wear comfortable dark dress shoes for the walk from Peltier Auditorium to Stopher Gymnasium.
  3. Suggested dress for women includes street-length dresses or dress slacks and a blouse, preferably of a dark color, under the gown with comfortable dark dress shoes.
  4. Suggested dress for men includes white shirts without coats, ties, and dark trousers. Dark, comfortable dress shoes and socks are also recommended.
  5. Please respect the dignity of your academic robe by avoiding the attachments of personal decorations or signs.
  6. The academic cap should be pulled halfway down the forehead so the upper part of the forehead is covered. The sides of the cap should be equidistant from the top center of the head. The cap must not be worn at an angle. The long part of the cap fits over the back of the head. The tassel is to be placed on the left side of the cap.
  7. Graduation announcements are on sale at the Bookstore. For prices and ordering information, you may order online through Balfour, or contact the Bookstore at (985) 448-4540.
  8. A professional photographer will take an individual picture of each graduate receiving a diploma. The photographer will mail proofs within two weeks of graduation. Please make sure your mailing address and email address are correct with the University on Banner Self Service.

To be eligible to walk in the graduation procession students must have applied for graduation by the stated deadline date with the intent to have met all graduation requirements by the end of the term.  Deans will have authority to grant exceptions to this requirement, but this exception should be granted rarely and for only unusual circumstances as determined by the dean.