There will be several changes for both students and faculty at the May 10 commencement ceremonies at Tennessee Tech University.
Regarding attire, graduates will be monitored at several intervals. Tasteful minor decoration of the mortarboard is acceptable, however, excessive decoration will not be permitted. Anyone wearing attire deemed to be inappropriate for a commencement ceremony will be asked to adjust his or her attire appropriately. If not corrected in a timely manner, the graduate will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Regarding faculty participation, requests will not be made in advance. Faculty members wishing to participate in either of the commencement ceremonies should line up in the tunnel 15-20 minutes prior to the start time of each ceremony.
Regarding the platform, the entrance and exit ends of the platform will be reversed. Students will enter the platform via the south ramp and exit via the north ramp. This change will make it possible for photos of graduates receiving their diploma covers to be taken without tassels blocking their profiles. Also, Kevin Tucker, director of horticulture and grounds, will add foliage and purple and gold flowers to the platform to improve the platform’s appearance.
Regarding recognition of 4.0 graduates and their parents, a breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. for all 4.0 students graduating at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. A luncheon will begin at noon for all 4.0 students graduating at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony). Platform party members and participating faculty are also invited. Both meals will be held in the east gym of the fitness center.
Regarding security, we have contracted with Contemporary Services Corporation to help us monitor for potential problems. This is the same company that provides similar services at TTU football and basketball games.
Commissioner Kevin Huffman will address the 9:30 a.m. graduates and Gov. Bill Haslam will provide the address to the 2 p.m. graduates.