Graduation Information
CommmencementPage-2014

Congratulations on reaching this important milestone in your college education.

Union Institute & University hosts commencement ceremonies throughout the year, including regional ceremonies in California, Florida, Vermont, and Ohio, to celebrate your accomplishments.

Expand the list below to learn more about commencement at your location and to order announcements, regalia, and class rings.

If you have additional questions, please email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu

California

Date

Sunday, August 23, 2015
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location

Sacramento Community Center Theater at the Sacramento Convention Center
1301 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-808-5181
sacramentoconventioncenter.com

Ceremony Schedule

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Robing areas open
9:00 AM: Photography available for pre-ceremony photos
10:30 AM: Processional lineup
11:00 AM: Commencement ceremony begins

Commencement reception to immediately follow.

Speaker Information

Barbara Gellman-Danley
President of the Higher Learning Commission

Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley assumed presidency of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on July 7, 2014. Throughout her academic career, she’s been known for her effective leadership, her focus on public policy and advocacy, and for her unrelenting commitment to academic excellence and transparency.

Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Gellman-Danley was president of University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community college from 2009-2014. She has also served as vice chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and as president at Antioch University McGregor. Her experience in distance learning, leadership, and educational technology is extensive – she’s served in various leadership capacities and on several boards and commissions throughout her career.

Dr. Gellman-Danley holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, a Master of Library Science from Simmons College, a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. She did post-graduate work at New York University and earned continuing education credit from Cornell University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago.

Criteria for Participation

You are eligible to participate if:

You have already officially graduated and received your diploma, but have not participated in a past commencement

or

You are officially registered in the final term/session to complete your academic degree requirements by the end of the summer term/session I or II.

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.

Your financial obligation can only be processed through the Business Office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Contact Lisa Schnapp, the student account manager, at 800-861-6400 x1187 or lisa.schnapp@myunion.edu.

Guests

Each graduate is allowed 7 guests who can attend the ceremony and reception free of charge.

Photography

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. If you choose to purchase photos, you will work directly with the photographer.

Persons with Disabilities

Requests for special accommodations for individuals with disabilities (ADA) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. However, if the necessary accommodation is a reader or signer, a 60-day minimum notice is required. The request will be reviewed, verified with the requester regarding the accommodation, and then final arrangements will be made. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the request is made in less than the stated minimum timeframe.

To arrange for accommodations, contact the Union Institute & University ADA Coordinator at adacoordinator@myunion.edu.

California Commencement Coordinator

Rosie Lauborough
916-564-3100 x1505 | 800-486-7049 x1505
rosie.lauborough@myunion.edu

Florida

Date

TBD

Location

TBD

Ceremony Schedule

TBD

Speaker Information

TBD

Criteria for Participation

You are eligible to participate if:

You have already officially graduated and received your diploma, but have not participated in a past commencement

or

You are officially registered in the final term/session to complete your academic degree requirements by the end of the summer term/session I or II.

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.

Your financial obligation can only be processed through the Business Office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Contact Lisa Schnapp, the student account manager, at 800-861-6400 x1187 or lisa.schnapp@myunion.edu.

Guests

Each graduate is allowed 7 guests who can attend the ceremony and reception free of charge. Tickets will be issued once your attendance is confirmed.

Photography

TBD

Persons with Disabilities

Requests for special accommodations for individuals with disabilities (ADA) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. However, if the necessary accommodation is a reader or signer, a 60-day minimum notice is required. The request will be reviewed, verified with the requester regarding the accommodation, and then final arrangements will be made. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the request is made in less than the stated minimum timeframe.

To arrange for accommodations, contact the Union Institute & University ADA Coordinator at adacoordinator@myunion.edu.

Florida Commencement Coordinator

Angela Byles
305-653-7141 x2108 | 800-486-7141 x2108
angela.byles@myunion.edu

Vermont

Union hosts commencement four times per year in Vermont for Union’s BA and MA programs.

Graduation ceremonies in Montpelier and Brattleboro celebrate Bachelor of Arts students each year in December and May.

National

Date

Sunday, October 25, 2015
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location

Hilton Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-421-9100

Ceremony Schedule

7:30 AM: Robing areas open
8:00 AM-9:30 AM: Photography available
9:30 AM: Processional lineup
10:00 AM: Commencement ceremony begins

Commencement reception to immediately follow.

Keynote Speaker

To follow

Criteria for Participation

All eligible students from any program across the country are welcome to join the celebration and process in the national commencement.

You are eligible to participate if:

You have already officially graduated and received your diploma, but have not participated in a past commencement

or

You are officially registered in the final term or session (for undergraduates: Spring/Summer Term and/or Spring/Summer Session I and/or II)

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.

Your financial obligation can only be processed through the Business Office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Contact Lisa Schnapp, the student account manager, at 800-861-6400 x1187 or lisa.schnapp@myunion.edu.

Guests

Due to limited seating, each graduate is allowed 7 guests who can attend the ceremony. Please contact event.coordinator@myunion.edu with the number of guests you are bringing.

Tickets for guests will be held at the ‘will-call’ table in the foyer outside the Hall of Mirrors.

Lodging

Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza
Reservations: 513-421-9100 | 800-774-1500

Special rates are available with online code ‘UNI’ or by visiting https://resweb.passkey.com/go/UNIOct15. If you call to make reservations, identify yourself as a Union Institute & University commencement attendee. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time the reservation is requested. Preferred rates can be confirmed by calling 1-800-HILTONS.

Photography

A professional photographer will be at the event to take formal commencement portraits of you and your family prior to and after the ceremony. The photographer will also take a photo of you as you cross the stage and receive your certificate. Proofs will be available at youseephoto.com for online viewing. If you choose to purchase photos, you will work directly with the photographer.

Persons with Disabilities

Requests for special accommodations for individuals with disabilities (ADA) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. However, if the necessary accommodation is a reader or signer, a 60-day minimum notice is required. The request will be reviewed, verified with the requester regarding the accommodation, and then final arrangements will be made. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the request is made in less than the stated minimum timeframe.

To arrange for accommodations, contact the Union Institute & University ADA Coordinator at adacoordinator@myunion.edu.

National Commencement Contact Information

eventcoordinator@myunion.edu
513-487-1102

Graduation Announcements

Click here to view and order graduation announcements.

Regalia

All approved Union Institute & University graduates must wear appropriate regalia for the ceremony. Regalia is ordered online through Herff Jones. Undergraduate regalia is typically shipped to your home, while rental masters and doctoral regalia is sent to the university and available for pick-up prior to the ceremony.
Please note: Dean’s approval for graduation is required before rental or custom regalia may be arranged.

Alumni looking to purchase Union custom regalia should contact eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Undergraduate Regalia (Purchase)

The bachelor gown traditionally has pointed sleeves that highlight this style. While keeping its notable appearance, the bachelor gown features full front pleats, balanced fluting and an easily accessible center-mounted zipper closure. This keeper gown comes with the customary mortarboard cap with black rayon tassel and year signet.

Add that special touch with a stole of gratitude — UI&U’s forest green with gold seal. The stole is ordered separately for an additional cost of $25. You will receive information on how to purchase your regalia once you have been approved to participate in commencement.

To purchase custom regalia, email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Custom Master’s Regalia (Purchase)

This design, by tradition, is identified by unique and oblong-shaped sleeves with wrist openings. The gown, VISA® gabardine, requires little or no ironing and releases stains easily. The yoke is outlined in bright gold braid, completed at the center back with a braided black cord and button. The balanced fluting provides ample body fullness over the shoulders and across the back.

The hood is black, also VISA® gabardine, with a green satin border edge. Union’s school colors (dark green and gold) are represented in satin and degree color is velvet-trimmed in bright gold braid.

There are two choices of cap: the standard black mortarboard cap with standard black tassel, or the black velvet tam (four sided) with button and a standard black tassel.

To purchase custom regalia, email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Doctoral Regalia (Rental)

The rental doctoral gown is black with black velvet down the front panels and on the sleeve bars (chevrons). The rental doctoral hood has blue velvet for the Ph.D. degree, along with Union’s colors of green and gold. This model does not have a hood attached – the hood drapes down the graduate’s back. The hat is a mortarboard with a gold tassel.
Remember, you can rent the gown and purchase a custom Union Institute & University hood and/or velvet tam.

Please note: Dean’s approval for graduation is needed before rental or custom regalia may be arranged.

Custom Doctoral Regalia (Purchase)

Union’s doctoral gown is a ‘Marshal’ style gown in black gabardine with bell-type outer sleeves. The shoulder area in the back of the gown features a “V” at the center and includes a deluxe cord and button. The gown offers wide velvet panels, featuring the official Union Institute & University seal embroidered in gold on the front royal blue Ph.D. panels. Three chevrons on each sleeve are blue, piped in gold.
The hood is black gabardine with a green satin border edge. Union’s school colors (dark green and gold) are represented in satin and the Ph.D. is represented by blue velvet. The hood has a green satin border. The accompanying tam is either a 6-sided or 8-sided black velvet tam with a gold silk tassel.
The main difference between the purchased and rental regalia is the color of the velvet chevrons on the sleeves, the velvet panels down the front, and the tam, which are distinct from the rented mortarboard.
The approximate cost of the Doctoral Regalia is $1000. This does not include taxes, shipping, or additional purchases such as garment bags, special hangers, etc.

Please note: Dean’s approval for graduation is needed before rental or custom regalia may be arranged.

To purchase custom regalia, please email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Class Rings

A variety of class rings are available for men and women through Herff Jones.