The Wiley College 2019

Baccalaureate & Commencement Details

Baccalaureate

A baccalaureate is a one-hour religious service honoring the graduating class. During the service, an address in the form of a sermon is delivered by a faculty member or respected leader in the religious community. Faculty and graduates process in cap and gown for the ceremony. All graduates are requested to participate in this final religious ceremony for the College. This is a time for our Wiley family and the families and friends of our students to share a religious ceremony as they prepare to leave Wiley and become global change agents.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Friday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Julius S. Scott, Sr. Chapel located on the campus of Wiley College.

Who is the Baccalaureate Speaker?

Reverend Matthew Watley

Tickets

Tickets are not required for guests of the baccalaureate ceremony.

Who is expected to attend?

All graduates, faculty, administrators, and the family and friends of graduates who would like to share in a religious service in honor of our graduates.

What is the appropriate attire for graduates for Baccalaureate?

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in the Baccalaureate Ceremony.

Candidates should wear their tassels on the right side prior to their degree being conferred and on the left side afterward. The mortarboard on the cap should be parallel to the ground.

Where do students and faculty line up?

Students are to assemble by 5:15 p.m. in the Hodge Auditorium. Upon arrival, you will be checked-in.

Faculty and staff participating in the processional are to report to the Library and are to arrive by 5:15 p.m.

All special guests are to report to the Parlor behind the stadium where reserved parking will be available.

Commencement

The Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 a.m. at the Marshall High School Stadium located at 1900 Maverick Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670.

Who is the Commencement Speaker?

Ms. Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of Impact Strategies

Are tickets required?

Tickets are not required for guests of the commencement ceremony.

Where do students and faculty assembly to line up?

Students are to assemble by 6:30 a.m. in the Gymnasium adjacent to the stadium. Upon arrival, you will be checked-in and provided a name card.

Faculty and staff participating in the processional are to report to the gymnasium across from the stadium and are to arrive by 7:00 p.m.

Who is eligible to participate?

For general information regarding graduation requirements, consult the Wiley Commencement guide. Please meet with your advisor to ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation. All potential graduation candidates must apply to graduate during the semester prior to the final semester in which they will take their last course(s).

Will first-aid services be available?

First Aid and ambulance services will be on-site to assist with emergency needs.

Permitted/Prohibited Items

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the Wiley College Commencement ceremony.

Security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of safety.

Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering and will not be accepted by employees nor stored at the gates.

What items are not allowed in the stadium?

For the safety, security, and experience of all guests, the following items are prohibited:

Alcohol

Glass and aluminum containers

Tobacco. Marshall High School is tobacco free.

Large items, such as banners and posters, or amplification equipment, such as bullhorns or megaphones

Weapons of any sort.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Commencement will be held at Wiley College in the Alumni Gymnasium if the ceremony needs to be moved due to extreme inclement weather. In the event that a location change is needed, that information will be widely publicized and shared with all concerned parties.

Where do I park?

Parking for Commencement is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All persons without reserved parking are to park in the parking lots adjacent to the football stadium.

Disability Parking and Seating

Handicapped parking is available on a first-come first-served basis.  Special seating will be available for persons needing accommodations. Please contact Ms. Frances Johnson at 903-923-1620 or at fljohnson1@wileyc.edu if special seating is needed.

When will the rehearsal be held for Commencement?

Rehearsal for Commencement will be held at the Marshall High School Football stadium from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2019.  We will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Academic Regalia (Cap, Gown, & Hood)

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Candidates should wear their tassels on the right side prior to their degree being conferred and on the left side afterward. The mortarboard on the cap should be parallel to the ground.

Students should drape their hood over their left arm until such time that the hooding will occur.

How do I order my regalia for Commencement?

The first shipment of regalia arrived and was distributed during the April 4, Senior Class Meetings.  Please contact Ms. Laura Lander, College Registrar, at 903-927-3215 or at llander@wileyc.edu if you have not yet ordered your regalia.  The deadline for placing a regalia order is: Monday, April 15th.

When will graduates receive their diplomas?

Diplomas will be distributed immediately following the ceremony.