YSU adjusts commencement schedule, revamps Honors Convocations

commencementIn an effort to create a more meaningful experience for graduates and visitors, Youngstown State University is adjusting its commencement schedule beginning this May.

“We believe this new schedule will provide a more enhanced and distinct commencement for all of our graduates, their families and friends,” Interim Provost Martin Abraham said.

The YSU Academic Senate recently approved the changes.

Historically, the university has conducted three commencements a year in Beeghly Center on campus: May, August and December. At the May commencement, which is by far the largest of the three, two separate ceremonies were held – one in the morning for undergraduate students receiving associate and bachelor degrees, and one in the afternoon for graduate students receiving master’s and doctoral-level degrees.

Under the new schedule, YSU will conduct two commencements a year in Beeghly Center: May and December. The May commencement will continue to include a morning and an afternoon ceremony, separated by college. There will no longer be a commencement in August. Students who would otherwise participate in the August ceremony will have the opportunity to attend commencement in either May or December. Summer graduates who wish to attend the May commencement must register between Feb. 17 and April 13.

Here is the commencement schedule for this year, all in Beeghly Center on the YSU campus:

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students in the Beeghly College of Education, Williamson College of Business Administration and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Saturday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students in the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the College of Creative Arts and Communication.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Commencement ceremonies for all undergraduate and graduate students in all six colleges.

For more information, visit http://web.ysu.edu/commencement.

Meanwhile, Abraham also announced that the university is revamping the annual Honors Convocation ceremony. Honors Convocation, held every year in April, recognizes distinguished faculty and students. This year, the event will be changed to six separate ceremonies, one for each of the university’s six colleges. In addition, a separate ceremony will be conducted to present Distinguished Professor Awards to outstanding faculty.

“It’s a big deal for students to be recognized at Honors Convocation, and it’s quite an honor for faculty to be held up as distinguished professors,” Abraham said. “We believe this new schedule allows us to better celebrate these accomplishments.”

The schedule for Honors Convocation is:

Thursday, April 16, 4 p.m., Distinguished Professors Awards, DeBartolo Stadium Club.

Monday, April 20, 6 p.m., College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Honors Convocation, DeBartolo Lecture Hall 132.

 Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m., Bitonte College of Health and Human Services Honors Convocation, DeBartolo Stadium Club.

Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m., College of Creative Arts and Communication Honors Convocation, Bliss Hall lobby/Bliss Recital Hall.

Monday, April 27, 6:15 p.m., College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Honors Convocation, DeBartolo Stadium Club.

Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Beeghly College of Education Honors Convocation, McKay Auditorium, Beeghly Hall.

The Williamson College of Business Administration will conduct an honors ceremony in the fall on a date yet to be determined.