May 10, 2013

Grambling State University Commencement

University provides guidelines, information for May 10 events

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University will have several ways that proud caregivers, parents, relatives and friends can watch the spring commencement on Friday (May 10) at 10 a.m. In addition, the university has provided some helpful information.

Those with access to a computer and an Internet connection can watch the event by using
GSU Spring Commencement Live Broadcast. An alternate link that can be used is GSU Spring Commencement Live Broadcast (Alternate Link).

Apple iPhone users can see the graduation by using
GSU Spring Commencement Live Broadcast (iPhone). Those using Google Android or Blackberry smart phones can use GSU Spring Commencement Live Broadcast (Android/Blackberry) to see the commencement.

In addition, KGRM-FM will broadcast the entire commencement live. Tune in at 91.5 FM, starting at 9:45 a.m. The station will broadcast until diplomas are awarded.

Visitors attending the commencement at the Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center are asked to park in the designated locations. There will be a drop-off and pick-up area in front of the center for those who are disabled and those with special circumstances and special needs, but this is not a parking area.

The university is excited that such a large class is graduating this spring, just as caregivers, parents, relatives and friends are excited. Everyone attending is asked to be respectful of others who want to hear the names of their graduates called, and to see their graduates walk in the procession and walk across the stage. To ensure that this formal event is as enjoyable for everyone as possible, NO CONGRATULATORY BANNERS OR FLAGS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE ASSEMBLY CENTER.

Only university-authorized campus and external media will be allowed on the floor of the Assembly Center to shoot and film the event. Only media with university-recognized media credentials will be allowed on the center’s floor, and only authorized campus and external media representatives with university-issued MEDIA ACCESS passes will be permitted on the floor. All others will be asked to clear the area.

A commencement reception will be held in the McCall Dining Hall immediately after the event. Graduates and their family members are encouraged and invited to participate. Participants attending the reception, which will feature light refreshments, are asked to park in designated parking locations. Violators may be towed.

External media are asked to contact the Office of Public Relations and Communications no later than 3 p.m. THURSDAY (May 9) with definite, or tentative, plans to attend and cover the commencement. If there are specific external media interview requests, please make those at the same time. Please email AND call 318-274-2866.

For additional information that may develop, visit For information about 1992 Grambling State University graduate Charles Blow, the commencement speaker, a story about Blow and an op-ed column letter he wrote to Spring 2013 graduates, see

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