Sunday, July 14, 2013
Ceremony with Reception to follow:
Sacramento Convention Center, Ballroom
1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
- 8:30-10:30am: Robing areas open
- 9am: Photographer available for pre-ceremony photos
- 10:30am: Procession lineup
- 11am: Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Kay C. Goss, CEM
President, World Disaster Management, LLC
Kay C. Goss, CEM, is an accomplished senior advisor in emergency management, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. She is the founding president and CEO for World Disaster Management, president of the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation of Emergency Management Degree Programs, a founder of the FEMA Higher Education Program, vice president and director of School Emergency Preparedness Programs, and chair of the Education and Training Committee of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
She has served as director of Emergency Management and Crisis Communications for Systems and Research Applications International and as the senior advisor for Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Business Continuity at Electronic Data Systems Corporation.
Goss is the former associate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director in charge of national preparedness, training, and exercises from 1994 to 2001. Before her FEMA position, she served as an Arkansas State official for 15 years, including 11 years (1982–1993) as senior assistant for intergovernmental relations for Governor Bill Clinton.
Criteria for Participation
Please note that Commencement is a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements, not certification of graduation. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma and transcript.
You are eligible to participate if:
- You have already officially graduated and received your diploma but have not participated in a past commencement
- You are scheduled to complete your academic and financial requirements by the end of the Summer semester/sessions | August 18, 2012.
Your financial obligation can only be processed through the Business Office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Please contact Lisa Schnapp, the student account manager, 800-861-6400 x1187 | email@example.com.
Cap and gowns are required to participate in the ceremony. Once you have been approved to participate in the ceremony (based on your eligibility and dean’s sign off), you will be given access to the Herff Jones web site where you can order your regalia and have it shipped directly to your home or work. The regalia for undergraduates is called a ‘keeper,’ which allows you to own the regalia for less cost than renting. The price is about $30 for the set. You can also purchase a ‘gratitude stole’ with UI&U colors and seal to wear during the ceremony and then give to those who supported you through your academic journey. There are also invitations, announcements, and rings to be personalized and purchased on the Herff Jones site.
Each commencer is allowed seven (7) guests who can attend the ceremony and reception free of charge.
A professional photographer will be present at the ceremony to take photos of you and your family prior to and after the ceremony; the photographer will also take a photo of you with the president as you cross the stage and receive your certificate. Proofs will be sent to you at no charge and under no obligation. Should you elect to purchase photos, you will work directly with the photographer.
Request for Special Services for Persons with Disabilities
Requests for special accommodations for disabilities (ADA) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. However, if the necessary accommodation is a reader or a signer, a 60-day minimum notice is required. The request will be reviewed, verified with the requester regarding the necessary accommodation, and then final arrangements made. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the request is made in less than the stated minimum time-frame.
To arrange for necessary accommodations, contact the Union Institute & University ADA Coordinator
802-828-8840 | 800-336-6794
For More Information or Questions
Contact: Tahlya Cox
1-800-486-7049 x1505 | firstname.lastname@example.org