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Spring 2014 Commencement

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Saturday, May 10, 2014 

Baccalaureate Service   9:30 a.m.

Pearce Memorial Church Sanctuary
Tickets are NOT REQUIRED for graduates or guests.

         Baccalaureate Devotional Speaker will be 

         Dr. Julie Grimm
         Professor of Psychology
         Class Speaker

         Rebecca Snyder 
         B.S. Management and Social Entrepreneurship

Brunch*   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Garlock Dining Commons, Roberts Wesleyan College
Brunch tickets are complimentary for the graduate. Purchased tickets for guests and the complimentary graduate ticket are REQUIRED at the door. Brunch tickets may also be purchased  at Garlock on Commencement day. There will be no refunds given after the May 1st order deadline.

* Roberts’ Departments of  Psychology, Social Work  and Nursing will each host a separate brunch for their graduate students (i.e. School Psychology and School Counseling, Social Work, Nursing Leadership & Administration/Nursing Education). Tickets for those department luncheons only are ordered through that department, not through the online Commencement Order Form. For more information about your department, select the Department Events button below.


Commencement Ceremony   2:00 p.m.
Voller Athletic Center Arena, Roberts Wesleyan College.
Tickets ARE REQUIRED FOR GUESTS OF ALL AGES (including babies and young children) entering the Arena.
No Reserved Seating. 

The Commencement address will be given by

John A. Martin
         President, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary


Nursing: Dedication and Candle Lighting Ceremony

Honoring the senior and sophomore nursing students, and recognizing the junior nursing students.
Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m., Hale Auditorium in the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center
Reception immediately following in Shewan Recital Hall, Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center

Social Work: MSW Program Brunch of Celebration and Blessing

Saturday, May 10, 10:15 a.m., Plantation Party House, 1875 N. Union Street 
Purchase Tickets online
or in Carpenter Hall 304; Contact Kelly King, 585.594.6692 for more information

Graduate School Psychology & School Counseling Programs Hooding Ceremony and Luncheon

For Graduating School Psychology & School Counseling students and their families. Saturday, May 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Pearce Memorial Church Sanctuary and Family Life Center. 
Tickets for graduates are complimentary and may be purchased for guests.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. Purchase Tickets online at .  Please contact Kathryn Kvasnica at 585.594.6680 or with questions.


Graduate Nursing: Commencement Brunch and Hooding Ceremony

Master of Science in Nursing Education – Group 11
Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration – Group 13
Saturday, May 10, 11:15 a.m., Shewan Recital Hall, Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center
Reservations for graduates are complimentary; for guests ages 11 - adult, $12 each;  children ages 3-10, $7 each; age 2 and under are free. Reservations are limited to 5 guests per graduate and the deadline is Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m. For reservations, contact Christine Lee, Graduate Program Coordinator at 585.594.6668 or

DAPS: Graduation Reception - OM, BHA, MHA and MHIA Graduates 
          Saturday, May 10 immediately following Commencement 
          Garlock Dining Commons
          No cost, but R.S.V.P. to Joy Rebstein by Monday, May 5
          Contact information:; 585.594.6640  

Humanities: Commencement Reception

For students and families from the Departments of Communication, History,
Language & Literature, and Religion & Philosophy

Saturday, May 10, immediately following Commencement 
Ellen Stowe Roberts Dining Room in Garlock Dining Commons 
Contact Samantha, 585.594.6972 or
for more information

Teacher Education Graduation Reception – for Childhood, Early Childhood, Physical Education majors; Pathway to Teaching Program; and Masters of Education graduates and all their families


 Saturday, May 10, immediately following Commencement 
 Hastings Center for Academics, 240 
 No cost, but R.S.V.P. to Sheila Foote by Wednesday, April 30
 Contact information: ; or 585.594.6448