Commencement

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Congratulations 2014 Graduates!

Participants are required to wear academic regalia at Commencement. It is customary to wear the gown over casual business attire. Academic regalia is paid for by the university as a part of the graduation fee.  Candidates for graduation may begin picking up their academic attire beginning Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9, 2014 between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm) in the University Bookstore. Please pick up your academic regalia early to allow time for pressing or steaming to remove wrinkles.  Undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the cap over the right temple. Masters and doctoral candidates should wear the tassel over the left temple.

Ceremony

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:00 a.m., front lawn of Memorial Hall.  The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.  Reserved seating will be for the graduates, faculty and guests with special needs. All other seating is general and open to the public on a first come, first served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All undergraduate students must participate in the graduation ceremony. 

Location & Parking

Front lawn of Memorial Hall, weather permitting  (Directions to the Cumberland University main campus).  General parking will be available in all campus lots. It is expected that all campus lots will reach capacity early in the day. Commencement guests are encouraged to take advantage of 3 overflow parking lots located at Immanuel Baptist Church (214 Castle Heights Ave.), St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (300 S. Tarver Ave.), or First United Methodist Church (415 West Main Street).  Shuttle service will be available at all locations before and following ceremony.  The campus has 31 disabled parking spaces.  Spaces are located near building entrances.  Only those with state-issues plates or placards may use disabled spaces.  For directions to Cumberland University - click here.

Diplomas

During the ceremony each graduate will be presented a diploma cover. Graduates will receive diplomas by mail. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after graduation.

Photography

Photography is permitted by families and guests; however, individuals should only take photographs from the designated photography areas or guests seats, please keep all aisles clear.  The University will have a professional photographer from GradImages™ to take pictures during the ceremony of each graduate as they receive their diploma from President Eaton and another photo with their diploma individually. A set of color proofs will be mailed to each graduate at their home address the following week. Registering with GradImages™ ; provides them with the information that they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment. So register now! www.gradimages.com.

Rain Plan

A decision will be made by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 9 if Cumberland University’s 172nd Commencement Ceremony will be conducted in the Dallas Floyd Gymnasium. Click here for details concerning the rain plan.

Graduates and Guests with Disabilities

If a person in your party requires any special services, please complete the Special Services Request Form, no later than April 15.  Anyone whose guests require special seating or disability parking must complete the request form, requests made after April 15 may not be able to be accommodated. Tickets will be issued to admit the guest and one additional person accompanying that individual for special reserved seating and/or parking.

Request for Absence

All undergraduates are required to attend the Commencement ceremony. Attendance exceptions will be made by the Dean of the appropriate school or the Dean’s Council only in cases of extreme extenuating circumstances. If you anticipate such a situation, which will prevent you from attending, you must file a Waiver of Attendance Request form by April 1 for permission to graduate in absentia. Graduate students are not required but are encouraged to attend the Commencement Ceremony. 

Commencement Luncheon and Rehearsal - Friday, May 9

All graduates are invited to lunch on Friday, May 9 at 11:30 am in Phillips Dining Hall. Graduation rehearsal is scheduled for 1:00 pm, in the Dallas Floyd Gymnasium. This session will last about 90 minutes. At rehearsal, you will confirm that your name is pronounced correctly, locate where your seat is for the line up and gather an understanding of the flow of the ceremony.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located in Phillips Dining Hall and Dallas Floyd Recreation Center adjacent to the graduation ceremony.

Finalizing Cumberland Accounts Important Information from the Business and Student Financial Services Offices

If you have any pending financial aid i.e.; loans, scholarships, etc. these need to be received by Cumberland before your account is considered paid in full. It is your responsibility to make sure all financial aid has been received by the University. All financial aid should be received by April 1, 2014.

An updated billing statement will be mailed to your billing address around March 15, if your account has a balance due.  Please review your billing statement to verify that you have received all your financial aid and you do not have an outstanding balance.

If you owe a balance, please come by the business office to pay your account by April 18, 2014. If your balance is not paid in full, your diploma will be held and no transcripts will be released.

If you are currently on the FACTS payment plan, please check to see when you final payment is being deducted. Your final payment must be received in April for you to receive your diploma in May.  Please contact the business office if you need to make the payment directly or change your payment date.

Federal regulations require that ALL students who have received a Federal Perkins loan while attending Cumberland University complete a loan exit interview. You will be contacted by the Business Office to arrange a time for your exit interview. Students who do not complete the loan exit process will not receive their diploma until the proper exit interview is complete.

Federal regulations require that ALL students who have received a Federal Stafford loan while attending Cumberland University complete a loan exit interview.  All exits must be completed by April 15th online.  Students who do not complete the loan exit process will not receive their diploma until their online exit is completed at an exit session. Students who do not complete the loan exit process will not receive their diploma until their online exit is completed at an exit session.

Go to www.studentloans.gov and complete the exit counseling which can be found under the Tools and Resources tab. In order to complete this process you will need your federal PIN number used to sign your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you cannot remember your PIN you may request a duplicate one at www.pin.ed.gov.

Once you have completed the exit counseling you will be provided with a confirmation page. You will need to provide a copy of the confirmation page along with the "Exit Interview Additional Information" form, which is attached to this email, to the Student Financial Services Office no later than April 18, 2014.

If you are unable to bring your Stafford exit counseling confirmation page and Exit Interview Additional Information form to the Student Financial Services Office you may email scanned copies to finaid@cumberland.edu or you may fax your forms to 615-443-8424. If you have any questions contact the Student Financial Services Office at 615-547-1243 or at finaid@cumberland.edu.