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Senior Timeline

AUGUST-DECEMBER

Apply to Graduate

September 2014

E-mail invitation sent to students with 74 or more earned credits.  Students should follow the instructions for submitting the graduation application online via KnowHope Plus and indicate May Commencement ceremony participation. Applying by the deadline allows students to participate in all planned events.  Late applicants may miss out on votes, events, tickets and honors considerations.

Deadline to Apply for the December 2014 Graduation Date
October 15, 2014

Any student planning to graduate after the fall 2014 semester should submit the graduation application by this date.

Deadline to Apply for the May, June or December 2015 Graduation Dates
November 15, 2014

Any student planning to graduate after the spring 2015 semester (May grad) or after taking one or more summer 2015 courses (July grad) or after the fall 2015 semester (December grad) who plans to participate in the May 2015 Commencement ceremony should submit the graduation application by this date.

Vote for Commencement Speaker
November, 2014

Candidate information and an online ballot are sent via e-mail to applied ceremony participants during this week.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY

Graduation Application Confirmation

February 2015

E-mails sent requesting students to check and confirm or correct graduation application information.

December 2014 graduates and students in spring 2015 off-campus programs who indicated participation in the May 2015 ceremony will be contacted in February with specific directions for how they may complete the Senior Days (see below) orders and purchases.  Response deadline:  March 31.

Senior Days
February 26-27

9:30 am – 5:00 pm
DeWitt Student Center Lounge
Order graduation announcements, ceremony DVDs, class rings, etc. Students make their senior class gift, learn about The Last Hurrah, services available to them as alumni, and on-campus dining options. Caps and gowns do not need to be pre-ordered and will be available for immediate pick up; there is no charge.

Personalized graduation announcements are made to order. Optional, but many families appreciate having them. Personalized announcements are $24.95 for 25 if ordered by March 15, 2015. They are $29.95 after March 15. Pay at the time of order by cash, check, credit card or charging on the HopeCard account. Generic announcements are also available for purchase at anytime: $9.95 for 10. For more information contact Hope-Geneva Bookstore at 616-395-7833 or visit www.hope.edu/bookstore/seniordays.htm

Missed Senior Days?  Cap and Gowns will be available in the Hope-Geneva Bookstore, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  If reserving a cap and gown from off-campus, please e-mail shaughnessyp@hope.edu and include height and weight.

Other graduation items, including announcements, DVDs, class rings and diploma frames, may be purchased in the Bookstore or ordered online using the Senior Days link above.

MARCH


Commencement Ceremony Participation Deadline

March 1, 2015
Deadline for students to notify Elizabeth Steenwyk in the Registrar’s Office (steenwyk@hope.edu) of any changes to their participation in the May 2015 Commencement ceremony.

Deadline for Discounted Orders of Commencement Announcements
March 15

Visit the Hope-Geneva Bookstore for more information.

H.O.P.E. Professor Voting
March-April
Two e-mail ballots will be sent to ceremony participants to vote for H.O.P.E. Professor.  The first vote narrows the field; the final vote in April determines the winner.

APRIL

Dining Service Brunch Tickets for May 3.
April
DeVos Fieldhouse Ticket Office
Advance tickets for either meal may be ordered/purchased/picked up at the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office, 616-395-7890. Deadline for advance sale is May 3. Cash-only sales on May 3, Commencement day, and only at Phelps Hall. Advance tickets required for Cook Hall. Read more about dining options.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony Ticket Ordering & Pick-up
April 11 - May 3  
DeVos Fieldhouse Ticket Office
Read about ticket information.

Alumni Weekend
April 24 - 25

For more information, visit www.hope.edu/alumni.

MAY        

Commencement Rehearsal
April 29

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DeVos Fieldhouse
Mandatory for all ceremony participants.  Exceptions: if students are on an off-campus program or have unavoidable employment conflicts, they may have a trusted friend who is attending rehearsal get the information and name/seat card.  Cards left after the rehearsal will be available Thursday and Friday, 8-5, in the Registrar’s office.

The Last Hurrah
April 30

Ceremony participants of the Class of 2015 are welcomed into the Alumni Association at “The Last Hurrah” at Camp Geneva. This Thursday evening event is free, and includes food, outdoor activities, bonfires with s’mores, prizes, entertainment and more.  Transportation will be provided.  Questions? Contact alumni@hope.edu or 616-395-7250.

See the schedule for Sunday, May 3.