December 18, 2013

Grambling State University Commencement

University provides guidelines, information for December 20 events

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University is scheduled to include about 500 participants in its Fall 2013 commencement at 10 a.m. Friday (Dec. 20) at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. GSU is providing several ways that proud caregivers, parents, relatives and friends can watch the fall commencement. In addition, the university has provided some guidelines and helpful information.

Those with access to a computer and an Internet connection can watch the event by using
Access from mobile devices is listed below:





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 Fredrick 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. Graduation participants are asked to park in the parking spaces near the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium sign closest to the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center to allow family and friends to park closest to the Assembly Center.

The university is excited that such a large class is graduating this fall, 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 (Dec. 19th) 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.

The university will host a Tiger Torch Night on Thursday (Dec. 19), the night before the commencement, at 6 p.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on campus. The evening will feature Joe Clair, a comedian also known as “Joe Cleezy” and “J.C.” Clair was host of BET’s “Rap City” in the 1990s for several years. He landed a part in a black horror film while a junior at Morgan State University in Maryland. This free activity is an informal, traditional activity that helps graduation candidates and their families to bond with administration, faculty and staff as new Grambling State alums before the exciting graduation program. Fall 2013 graduates who attend will receive a special graduation gift after the program and during a reception in which refreshments will be served.

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