Bryan will hold two graduation services
May 04, 2010

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Bryan will split its May graduation service into two parts on Saturday, May 8, to accommodate the crowd expected for the ceremony and for the convenience of many of the graduates in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS).
Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample said administrators made the decision earlier this semester as they realized some 250 students would participate in a combined ceremony, stretching the capacity of Bryan’s preferred venue, the Triangle. In the past several years, nearly 2,000 friends and family of graduates have attended the single service, with many standing behind chairs set up on the lawn.

“In case of rain, we have only 800 seats in Rudd Auditorium,” Dr. Sample said. “We don’t want the graduates’ last experience to be a disappointing ceremony, so we decided to go to two services.”

The traditional service for students in the School of Arts and Sciences will be held on the Bryan Triangle, weather permitting, at 9:30 a.m. on May 8, followed by the graduation of students in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga at 4 p.m.

The decision to move to Chattanooga was made for the convenience of AGS students, most of whom live in the Chattanooga area.

“The two services will be similar in pattern,” Dr. Sample said. “In the AGS graduation, for example, alumni rather than parents of students will pray and read scripture. The alumni marshal will be a non-traditional graduate.”

Registrar Janet Piatt said approximately 110 candidates for degrees in May or August are expected to participate in the traditional service, and 110 in the AGS ceremony.