Carl Albert State College (CASC) has announced plans for the 2017 Commencement.
This year CASC is moving graduation to the Hamilton Auditorium on the Poteau campus on May 6. Because of the change in location, there will be two ceremonies, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m.
Leading up to the date of the CASC commencement ceremonies, graduating students will select if they want to participate in the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. ceremony. The students have from now until May 1 to select their ceremony time, and they have been given instructions on how to select using the VIKECONNECT portal.
CASC President Jay Falkner said, “We have always had standing room only in the gym with one ceremony, and more times than not the temperature in the gym was uncomfortable. We have been considering a change in graduation for several years, and decided it is time to try a new approach. We are excited to have two ceremonies in the auditorium, especially because this venue provides comfortable seating plus air conditioning. The only tradeoff is because of the seating capacity, we are asking each graduate to limit their guest list to five.”
Falkner continued, “This limited guest list approach is one that is used at a number of colleges and universities and seems to work well, and we will also live stream both ceremonies.”
In planning the commencement ceremonies, the CASC graduation committee decided allowing students to select their ceremony time would be good for the graduates. With this, instead of assigning certain divisions to certain times, students have more flexibility to work around their guests’ schedules, as well as perhaps graduate at the same time as some of their friends.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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