[Fcs-faculty] FW: [UofU] Commencement 2014

Robert Nathan Mayer Robert.Mayer at fcs.utah.edu
Tue Oct 22 18:15:42 MDT 2013


JUST IN CASE THIS DIDN’T GO TO THE ENTIRE FACULTY… -- Rob

From: David W. Pershing <president at utah.edu> [mailto:20131022djp-sub244-commencement-changes-dmail at umail.utah.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:05 PM
To: Robert Nathan Mayer
Subject: [UofU] Commencement 2014

[The University of Utah]<http://www.utah.edu/>


M E M O R A N D U M
DATE:

October 16, 2013

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TO:

University Administrators, Faculty, Students and Staff

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FROM:

David W. Pershing

[David W Pershing Signature]


SUBJECT:

2014 General Commencement and College Convocations

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________________________________

In an effort to create a memorable and meaningful experience for our graduates and their families, various changes were made to last year's General Commencement ceremony. Instituted on a trial basis and recommended by a committee of students, faculty and staff, these changes were driven by a goal to develop new campus traditions to appeal broadly to the graduates, faculty, and the campus community.

During the summer, a survey was conducted to gauge overall response to the changes, as well as support for implementing them for Commencement 2014 and beyond. Based on the positive feedback received, I am pleased to announce that several changes will be adopted going forward.

The most significant of these is the move of our General Commencement to a Thursday evening celebration, providing an institutional celebration of the graduating class' collective success and accomplishments. Scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the 2014 General Commencement will serve as an "opening ceremony" to the college convocations.

Most college convocations will be held throughout the following day, Friday, May 2. While the date and/or time may have changed for some of these convocations, every effort has been made to maintain each individual college's preferred venue, logistics and floor plans (see the attached 2014 College Convocation Schedule).

Please contact Mary Parker, Commencement Co-chair and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, with any questions or concerns regarding 2014 Commencement. She can be reached at 801-581-3490 or MGParker at sa.utah.edu<mailto:MGParker at sa.utah.edu>.

Thank you for your support of this important annual event. I look forward to joining with you to celebrate the University of Utah's Class of 2014.

DWP/lm
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