CURRENT STUDENTS

Information for Commencement Day

FALL COMMENCEMENT 2018

NOTE:  There will NOT be a rehearsal for the commencement.  Please read these instructions carefully. If you are physically unable to climb stairs and/or cross the stage, please notify the Commencement Program Coordinator in the University Registrar’s Office at 318-257-2176, and special arrangements will be available for you to participate on stage.

WHAT:  Fall Commencement 2018

WHERE:  Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, Louisiana

WHEN:  Saturday, November 17, 2018 

Be at your College’s Assembly Area by 8:30 a.m.  (see table below for your specific meeting area.) The processional will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  The location of all the areas for assembly listed below, are on the lower concourse (playing floor level) of the Thomas Assembly Center.  Please do not bring guests and/or family to the lower concourse or the College Assembly areas. 

LIVE STREAMING OF COMMENCEMENT:  Those family and friends who are unable to attend commencement can watch the event via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/LATech.

 

COLLEGE

ASSEMBLY AREA

College of Applied & Natural Sciences (ANS)

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

TAC Room 168

College of Business (BUS)

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

South Entrance to Playing Floor

College of Education (EDU)

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

TAC Room 168

College of Engineering & Science (ES) 

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

East Entry Portal Hallway (outside Athletic Director’s Office)

College of Liberal Arts (LA)

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

TAC Room 102

The Graduate School

All Graduate Degree Candidates

North Portal behind the stage on floor level

SHOW UP WEARING: You should be wearing your cap and gown. Men should wear a shirt and tie, with dark trousers underneath the gown.  Women should wear a dress or pants suit with a blouse that has a collar that does not extend above the neckline of the gown. All undergraduate degree candidate tassels are worn on the right side of the cap. Don’t forget your tassel! At the appropriate time during the ceremony, the President will tell you to “…transfer your tassel from the right to the left side of your cap (mortarboard) indicating your status as a degree recipient…”. Candidates for the master’s degree will wear the appropriate hood for their academic discipline. Doctoral candidates will not wear their hood, as they will participate in a “doctoral hooding” ceremony on stage.

Note: Only those items approved for wear with the official university cap & gown (e.g. approved academic honor cords, stoles, shawls, or medals/pins) will be allowed in the processional and commencement exercise.  Please, do not decorate your mortar board.  Your Dean will ask you to remove the decoration(s) or replace the mortar board before you will be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE ASSEMBLY AREAS: Your Dean and his/her designated representative will assign your position in the processional line-up (alphabetically within each degree-type in each college) to assure proper order for the conferring of degrees onstage. Faculty and staff members will be present to assist with last minute cap & gown adjustments or problems. Representatives from the Bookstore will also be available for assistance.

THE PROCESSION OF CANDIDATES: The two lines will be led into the arena seating area via the South entrance to the playing floor. You will be directed to the proper seating by University Marshals. As you move into your aisle, be sure that no seats are left empty. Follow the Marshal’s directions in all cases. There is a seat for everyone.

DURING THE CEREMONY:  The following are important points to remember during the ceremony:

  • Men:  remove mortarboards during the Invocation, singing of the National Anthem, singing of the Alma Mater, and the Benediction.

  • Wait on the top stair of the stage until your name is called before stepping forward to receive your diploma cover and shake the University President’s hand.

  • After crossing the stage, you will receive your Commemorative Medallion from one of the Associate Deans at the top of the exit stairs.

  • Return to the seating area and remain standing until your Dean directs your college to be seated.

  • After the program, you will leave the seating area as directed by the Faculty Marshals.

AFTER THE CEREMONY: Immediately following the recessional, follow staff directions to proceed to the designated area where you will pick up your diploma packet.  You will be directed to an exit taking you upstairs to the main concourse where you can join family, guests, and friends.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  There are no storage areas for personal items such as purses or cameras, so plan accordingly. Do not bring these items with you! Do not leave these items in the College Assembly areas!

Guests will not be allowed on the playing floor level before, during, or after the commencement ceremony. A professional photographer will take pictures as you receive your diploma cover and after you exit the stage.  Your commencement package will contain instructions to contact the photographer via their website to view proofs and instructions for purchasing commencement photos.

NOTE: Official, degree-posted transcripts are available beginning the first working day following commencement. To order your official Louisiana Tech University transcript, you may click here ORDER TRANSCRIPT to complete the online form.  Any personal debts to the University must be cleared before an official transcript can be released.

 

INFORMATION FOR GUESTS

WHERE: Commencement is held in the Samuel M. Thomas Assembly Center on the main campus of Louisiana Tech University.

LIVE STREAMING OF COMMENCEMENT: Those family and friends who are unable to attend commencement can watch the event via Facebook Live.

LOCATION OF THOMAS ASSEMBLY CENTER: Use the campus map (Bldg #86 on the map) to see where the Thomas Assembly Center is located in relation to the campus, Interstate 20 and Highways 80 and 167.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE THOMAS ASSEMBLY CENTER:

  • From the North (Little Rock, El Dorado, Ark.) – Take Highway 167 south to downtown Ruston. Turn right onto Alabama Avenue and proceed directly to the Thomas Assembly Center.  After the third stop light (Alabama Avenue at Tech Drive) you will see Joe Aillet Stadium (football field) on your right and the Assembly Center on the hill to your right.
  • From the South (Alexandria, Baton Rouge, La.) – Take Highway 167 north to Ruston. Turn left onto California Avenue and at the fifth stoplight, turn right onto Tech Drive. Proceed down Tech Drive under the railroad overpass to Alabama Avenue (this will be the third stop light – Lady Techster’s Softball Field on your left, J.C. Love Field – baseball – on your right). Turn left on to Alabama Avenue and the Thomas Assembly Center will be in front of you at the top of the hill on the right.
  • From the East (Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss.) – Take I-20 west to Ruston, exit 84. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left. Follow Tech Drive to campus. Just as you crest the hill, you will see the Marbury Alumni Center on your left, Joe Aillet Stadium (football field) on your right and behind it, the Thomas Assembly Center. Turn right on Bulldog Drive (the approach road to the stadium) or proceed one more block to Alabama Avenue (stop light) and turn right.
  • From the West (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas) – Take I-20 east to Ruston, exit 84. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto Tech Drive. Follow Tech Drive to campus. Just as you crest the hill, you will see the Marbury Alumni Center on your left, Joe Aillet Stadium (football field) on your right and behind it, the Thomas Assembly Center. Turn right on Bulldog Drive (the approach road to the stadium) or proceed one more block to Alabama Avenue (stop light) and turn right.

PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT GUESTS:

Parking is available surrounding and between Joe Aillet Stadium and the Thomas Assembly Center. Additional parking can be found at Ruston High School and any of the main campus parking lots. Parking is prohibited on grass and sidewalks.

For our guests with disabilities, there is a limited amount of designated handicapped parking at the top of the hill on the Alabama Avenue side entrance next to the Assembly Center.  See the special instructions for Guests with Disabilities.

There will be uniformed officers of the Louisiana Tech University Campus Police, the Ruston Police Department, and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department available for assistance.

GUEST SEATING:

Guest seating in the Thomas Assembly Center will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Assembly Center will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The commencement processional will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please remain seated during the ceremony and refrain from unnecessary noisemaking while degrees are conferred.

For safety purposes, guests are not allowed on the playing floor or in the college assembly areas before or during the ceremony.

Large signs, balloon bouquets, banners, etc. should not be brought into the arena since this will block the view of other guests.

PICTURES:

During the ceremonies, a commercial photographer will be taking pictures as your student shakes hands with President Guice and as your student exits the stage. The photographer will post the proofs to his website online after graduation, along with pricing and ordering information.  Website information is provided in the graduation package your student will pick up in the Thomas Assembly Center immediately following commencement.

 

 

INFORMATION FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES

LOCATION OF THOMAS ASSEMBLY CENTER:

Use the campus map (Bldg #86 on the map) to see where the Thomas Assembly Center is located in relation to the campus, Interstate 20 and Highways 80 and 167.

PARKING FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES:

For our guests with disabilities, there is limited reserved parking at the top of the hill on the Alabama Avenue side entrance next to the Thomas Assembly Center. When parking spaces fill, drivers should drop off the disabled guest at the entrance, then find a parking space in other parking areas.  Only vehicles with the appropriate handicapped tags will be allowed to park in this area. Vehicles without appropriate tags may drop off and pick up a handicapped guest, but will not be allowed to park in this lot.

Access at this point is to the main concourse level of the Assembly Center, fully accessible by wheelchair.

There will be uniformed officers of the Louisiana Tech University Campus Police, the Ruston Police Department, and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department available for assistance.

SEATING FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES:

Guest seating in the Thomas Assembly Center will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Assembly Center will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony and we recommend that our guests with disabilities arrive early.

Inside the center at the main concourse level, there are designated spaces for wheelchairs located around the main level. There is a row of seats immediately in front of the wheelchair spaces for immediate family members accompanying a guest with a disability. These rows are also reserved for those unable to ascend/descend stairs, so not all family members will be able to sit immediately in front of or next to the disabled member. Look for the signs and if necessary, seek assistance from one of the ushers.

For safety purposes, guests are not allowed on the Assembly Center floor or in the college assembly areas before or during the ceremony.