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College of Health Sciences Convocation FAQ's

Do I need tickets for my friends and family to attend?
YES!  Tickets will be required for your attendees, we have such a large graduating class that in fairness to everyone an alotted amount of tickets will be ready for your pick up during DEAD WEEK!  Details on the exact amount are being worked out, more info will be available soon!
When is the College of Health Sciences Convocation?

Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 1:30p.m.

Where is the College of Health Sciences Convocation?

Eastern Kentucky University Alumni Coliseum

When do I get my cap and gown? 

During GradFest, March 18 & 19 in the Keen Johnson Building, you will pre-order your regalia from https://eku.shopoakhalli.com   ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY FEBRUARY 10, 2020 for undergraduate and masters, Doctorate ordering is open until March 20, 2020. 

Honor sashes will also be distributed at GradFest by the Registrar's Office.

Where should we park?
  • Handicapped parking is available near the handicapped accessible entrance at the west end of the Coliseum near the water tower, access may be gained from Lancaster Avenue, turn onto Model Drive (towards Model Laboratory School). 
  • Parking is available in the lot surrounding the Alumni Coliseum. However, there will be several ceremonies throughout the day.
  • Parking is also available in the Ashland lot, Van Hoose Lot, Martin Commuter lot, and Dizney employee lot.
Is there handicapped accessible entry and seating?
  • Entry to the coliseum is made much easier for folks requiring assistance at the west end of the Coliseum near the water tower.  Capable individuals will be there to assist in mobility to appropriate seating.  Tickets will be required at this entrance as well as all entrances to the coliseum.
How do I verify how my name will appear on my diploma and where my diploma will be sent?
During GradFest, March 18 & 19 (10a.m. - 6p.m. each day) in the Keen Johnson Building, you will meet with our college representatives to verify all information for the diploma.
Do I have to attend GradFest? 

Ultimately it is up to you as to whether or not you attend, however this is a great time to come by with your fellow classmates, pick up your bundled regalia, order invitations and/or class rings, verify the degree you are earning and your address for diploma mailing, receive information about our ceremony and reception, take photos wearing your regalia, and SO MUCH MORE!!!

At the college convocation each student will be recognized as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover. Professional photographs will be taken by LifeTouch.
Important Times:
  • 12:30 p.m. Students will arrive at the Fred Darling Auxiliary Gym to check-in. Online students and those that missed Last Chance Cap and Gown Pickup, may pick up caps, gowns, and other regalia.
  • 1:15 p.m. Students proceed to the Alumni Coliseum floor.
  • 1:30 p.m. Convocation begins. Students and faculty are seated.
  • A reception will immediately follow the convocation in the Fred Darling Gymnasium. All students and their guests are invited. Light refreshments will be available.
What should I wear to the convocation?
  • Clothing is generally dark dress pants, a dress shirt and tie, or a lightweight dress or blouse and a skirt that is shorter than the gown. Footwear should be easy to maneuver in.
  • The cap (mortarboard) is worn flat on the head. The gown should fall midway between knee and ankle. Removal of the caps during the National Anthem is standard.
My family would like to take pictures when I cross the stage. Is that allowed?
  • Guests may take photos from their seats. No guests are allowed on the floor during the ceremony. Professional photographers will take 3 photos of each student as they make their way across the stage to receive the diploma cover.
Where should we park?
  • Handicapped parking is available near the handicapped accessible entrance at the west end of the Coliseum near the water tower, access may be gained from Lancaster Avenue, turn onto Model Drive (towards Model Laboratory School). 
  • Parking is available in the lot surrounding the Alumni Coliseum. However, there will be several ceremonies throughout the day.
  • Parking is also available in the Ashland lot, Van Hoose Lot, Martin Commuter lot, and Dizney employee lot.
Is there handicapped accessible entry and seating?
  • Entry to the coliseum is made much easier for folks requiring assistance at the west end of the Coliseum near the water tower.  Capable individuals will be there to assist in mobility to appropriate seating.  Tickets will be required at this entrance as well as all entrances to the coliseum.
How do I get to the Alumni Coliseum and the additional parking lots?
  • Alumni Coliseum - From Interstate 75 take exit 87, turn east onto the Eastern Bypass, the Alumni Coliseum is at stop light #6.
  • Ashland lot -turn south at stop light #7 and left into the lot
  • Van Hoose Lot -turn north at stop light #7 between the stadium and KSP post, turn right at the stop light and then right again in to the lot.
  • Dizney Employee and Martin Commuter - turn north at stop light #7 between the stadium and KSP post, turn right at the stop light. Continue past the Van Hoose Lot. Parking is available in the lots to the left and right.

EKU Gurus explain the commencement and convocation ceremonies.

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