May 8, 2014

Grambling State University Commencement

University provides guidelines, information for May 9 graduation, more

GRAMBLING, LA — Grambling State University is scheduled to include more than 500 participants in its Spring 2013 commencement at 10 a.m. Friday (May 9, 2014) at the Fredrick 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.

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





RADIO/ONLINE In addition, KGRM-FM will broadcast the entire commencement live. Tune in at 91.5 FM, starting at 9:45 a.m. Or, on any computer, laptop or mobile device, tune in to the KGRM broadcast via media/kgrm/ The station will broadcast until all diplomas have been awarded.

PARKING 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.

CONGRATULATIONS BANNERS/BALLOONS/FLAGS 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, BALLOONS OR FLAGS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE ASSEMBLY CENTER.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO Only university-authorized campus and external media will be allowed on the floor of the Assembly Center to shoot and film the event. Only external, official 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 or near the floor. Other than the official, university-contracted photography firm, only ONE representative from the UNIVERSITY YEARBOOK and ONE representative from THE GRAMBLINITE will be allowed to roam the floor without interfering with the event. Only university-authorized GSU TV representatives will be allowed to be at designated floor locations, limited to television production and stationary film/video recording. No other still photography or video recording will be allowed. All others will be asked to clear the area. NOTE: Any external or university media representative found to be shooting photography or video for profit and/or for sale or other benefits may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

POST-COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION 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 COVERAGE External media are asked to contact the Office of Public Relations and Communications no later than 3 p.m. THURSDAY (May 8th) 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 318-274-2814.

TORCH NIGHT The university will host a Tiger Torch Night on Thursday (May 8), the night before the Friday commencement, at 6 p.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on campus. The evening will feature comedian Cocoa Brown. 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. Spring 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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