School of Veterinary Medicine Commencement | St. George's University

School of Veterinary Commencement 2020

Saturday, June 6, 2020

10 am

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

The ceremony will be broadcast live via Facebook and sgu.edu/live.

Graduating students will be contacted by email with further details in November.

Academic Dress

Graduates must wear appropriate apparel in order to participate in Commencement Ceremonies. St. George’s University is happy to cover the cost of your regalia. These items are yours to keep. A credit card is required to purchase any other items. All items will be shipped to the address you provide.

CAP AND GOWN ORDERING: Please order your graduation regalia at herffjones.com/college/sgu. Once you place your order you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please contact customer service at 1 (800) 837-4235 

**You are responsible for bringing your regalia on the day of the ceremony. Caps and gowns will not be provided on the day of graduation**

Accommodations

For the convenience of you and your family discounts have been arranged at the following hotel:
Please note: Taxes and service are additional.
The rates below are only available until May 1, 2020
The Watson Hotel
440 West 57th Street
New York, New York 10019
Phone – 212-581-8100
Rate $209 per night for one King or two double beds, plus tax and service.
King Rooms can accommodate up to two in a room.
Double Rooms can accommodate up to four in a room with two double beds.
Rooms are first come, first served. Once the discounted group block has been booked, rooms will be sold at the normal rates. Rollaway beds are an additional charge, are limited to one per room, and are subject to availability.
All guest rooms at the Watson are 100 % non-smoking. Wireless internet access is complimentary in guest rooms and public spaces.
To confirm reservations, guests must call hotel directly at the number listed above and identify themselves as St. Georges University Graduation Group Code XST
*Rooms are subject to availability
The cancellation policy for individual reservations will be 48 hours prior to the arrival date.

Admission to the Ceremony

Students must fill out and return their graduation ceremony form in order to be eligible for tickets.

Each School of Veterinary Medicine candidate will receive 12 tickets. Graduates will not require a ticket for entry. Children and hooders will require a ticket. Extra ticket requests will be accepted on a lottery basis. Any extra tickets will be pulled in a lottery in April. All tickets, including extra tickets won by lottery, will be mailed in mid May, along with check-in cards and honor cord vouchers, if applicable. If you wish to request extra tickets by lottery, please email graduationinfo@sgu.edu using the subject line EXTRA TICKET REQUEST.

All tickets are general admission. Guests are invited to enter the venue one half hour prior to the start of the ceremony to obtain their seats.

There is no charge for tickets to commencement; University policy prohibits the selling of commencement tickets for money or commercial value, and violations will result in serious consequences.

Ceremony

Each ceremony lasts approximately two hours and will include short addresses by distinguished speakers, the conferring of degrees, and the recessional. The ceremony will begin promptly with the academic procession and the entry of candidates.  Members of the official party will sit on stage; candidates and hooders will be seated on chairs in the audience facing the stage. Each graduate will be presented on stage, be hooded, cross the stage to receive their “diploma” from the Chancellor, and return to his or her seat. If you have a hooder, they will accompany you at all times. The stage party and faculty will lead the recessional, followed by the graduates. At the conclusion of the ceremony graduates will have one hour to take photos with their guests, faculty, and fellow colleagues.

More specific instructions will be emailed to graduates approximately one month before the ceremony.

Graduation Announcements

Each graduate will receive 25 personalized announcements with matching envelopes in the mail approximately one month prior to commencement. There is no charge for these announcements.

Awards

There are three honor designations for which graduates will receive honor cords. Honor cords will be given out in the lobby of Lincoln Center on graduation day. Graduates will receive an honor cord voucher in with their tickets in Mid-May.
School of Veterinary Medicine Honors: Phi Zeta, SGA Representative, VBMA
For all students: If you receive an honors designation for GPA; for instance, Honors, Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude, this will be noted next to your name in the Commencement Program.

Commencement Program

All students who have met all graduation eligibility requirements will have their names printed in the program. Commencement programs will be available to pick up on graduation day and will be distributed by ushers at Lincoln Center as guests arrive at David Geffen Hall.

If for any reason a student cannot attend graduation, they may request a program be mailed to them after the ceremony. This request must be made by email to graduationinfo@sgu.edu

Conduct During the Ceremony

Commencement is a time to celebrate and enjoy your achievement. It is also a time to reflect on that achievement and to acknowledge the help and support provided by family, friends, faculty, and staff. You are asked to honor the spirit of this important occasion by conducting yourself in a manner that is respectful of your guests and the guests of others, of your fellow graduates, and of yourself. Thank you for your help in making this day meaningful for all.

Special Accommodations

Lincoln Center offers special seating arrangements for those with mobility problems. Please email graduationinfo@sgu.edu at least two months prior to the ceremony with the following information:

  • Name of graduate
  • Name and number of guests requiring handicapped accessible seating (total party)
  • Which ceremony you are attending
  • Phone number where party can be reached on graduation day
  • Notes on accommodations needed (For example, walks with difficulty, uses wheelchair, uses motorized scooter, etc.)

Lincoln Center will allow those with special seating arrangements to enter David Geffen Hall 15 minutes prior to general seating to allow guests ample time to be seated.

Rings

Rings By Herff Jones at Grad Time

You can order your Class Ring at herffjones.com/college/sgu.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be sent by Federal Express once you have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar. The “diploma” that you receive on stage from the Chancellor is a dummy designed to look attractive in the photograph you will have taken at that time.

Diploma frames and other SGU apparel are available for purchase online. Items will not be sold at Lincoln Center on graduation day. You may purchase SGU merchandise at sgu.promoshop.com.

Hooders

A graduate may choose to have a parent or spouse hood him/her on the day of the ceremony. This person MUST have a medical degree, or if he/she is an SGU School of Veterinary Medicine graduate, a veterinary medical. The deadline for an approved hooder is February 17 and the information to request is on your Graduation Ceremony Form. We will NOT accept hooders the day of the ceremony. Please note hooders will require a ticket.
Please see details below regarding Commencement Day. SGU staff will be on hand the day of the ceremony to answer any further questions.
  • Your hooder should arrive with you one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Hooders will require a ticket for entry. Graduate candidates will not.
  • Candidates will be directed upstairs to wait with their hooder until the procession begins into the auditorium. Hooder tickets will be collectedby Lincoln Center personnel as you go up the stairs.
  • Your hooder will walk with you in the procession and be seated next to you throughout the ceremony.
  • When your row is called upon to go to the stage, your hooder will follow you up, take a spot near faculty hooders, place the hood over your head, and proceed across the stage with you as your name is called by Dr. Paterson.
  • After you receive your “diploma” and take a photo with the Chancellor, you and your hooder will return to your seats for the remainder of the ceremony.
  • Hooders will not be issued a cap and gown and are asked to dress appropriately (business casual, no jeans or sneakers). A hooder may choose to wear his/her own regalia or business attire.

Portraits

On the day of the ceremony you will be photographed as you are hooded and when you receive your “diploma” from Chancellor Modica. Your “diploma photo” as well as a class photo will be shipped to you free of charge as a graduation gift from the Chancellor.

All other photographs will be available for purchase through Island Photography.

Island Photography is available for individual sessions June 1 through June 5.

If you would like to set up a session for seated portraits in your cap and gown* you may register online. Caps and gowns are available at the photography studio

For questions concerning photographs, please contact Island Photo directly.

Island Photography
PO Box 70 / 139 Haven Ave.
Port Washington, NY 11050
P: 1 (516) 767- 1234
F: 1 (516) 304-5660
islandphoto.com

Visas

Requests for visas must be arranged in advance and should be sent to graduationinfo@sgu.edu. Please include the title VISA LETTER in the subject line.

When requesting a visa please be sure to include the following:

  • US address where the letters can be mailed (if providing an address outside the US, please provide a phone number)
  • correct spelling of name
  • date of birth
  • citizenship
  • gender
  • relationship to the graduate.

All requests must be in writing.

FAQs

Can a family member hood me?

A graduate may choose to have a parent or spouse hood him/her on the day of the ceremony. This person MUST have a medical degree, or if he/she is an SGU School of Veterinary Medicine graduate, a veterinary medical. The information to request a hooder is on your Graduation Ceremony Form. A copy of license or diploma must be provided with your request. The deadline to request an approved hooder is February 17. We will NOT accept hooders the day of the ceremony. Please note, hooders will require a ticket.

How can I get a visa letter for myself or a family member who wishes to attend?

Requests for visas must be arranged in advance and should be sent to graduationinfo@sgu.edu. Please include the title VISA LETTER in the subject line. When requesting a visa please be sure to include the following information: correct spelling of name, date of birth, citizenship, gender and relationship to the graduate. All requests must be in writing. Visa letters will be sent to you by email as a PDF.

How do I get my cap and gown?

Please visit the Academic Dress section for more information on caps and gowns.

Is handicapped seating available?

Wheelchair accessible seating is available at the venue. We do not provide the wheelchair and can not guarantee the location of the seats. You will need to notify us beforehand by emailing us at graduationinfo@sgu.edu.

How long is the ceremony expected to last?

The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will have one hour to take photos with their guests, faculty, and fellow colleagues.

Will I receive my diploma the day of the ceremony?

You will NOT receive your diploma the day of the ceremony. Once you have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar, you will receive your official diploma in the mail. Please understand that your completion and diploma dates and the date of Commencement are independent of one another. Any questions concerning your completion date or diploma date should be directed to the Office of Registrar.

Is there assigned seating?

All tickets are general admission. Guests are invited to enter the venue one half hour prior to the start of the ceremony to obtain their seats.

Dress Requirements

Graduates and guests should dress appropriately. Keep in mind you will be in a gown and it tends to get warm. Business casual is suitable for all.

Personal Belongings

Please refrain from bringing any personal belongings on the day of the ceremony. There will be no place to store these items.