Graduation Information
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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

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

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.

Each graduate is allowed 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. If you choose to purchase photos, you will work directly with the photographer.

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.

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.

When

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

Where

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 for
    pre-ceremony photos

  • 9:30 AM:

    Processional lineup

  • 10:00 AM:

    Commencement ceremony begins

Speaker Information

Jeffrey W. Foley
Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)
President, Loral Mountain Solutions, LLC

Jeffrey W. Foley believes that learning to lead is a journey. Throughout his military career, as he progressed to the executive level in the Army, it became clear that his skills as a leader were more effective when he pursued a more deliberate approach to leading, applying what he learned through experience, professional development programs, and reading. He believes he can best serve others by sharing leadership lessons learned along the way, inspiring in people the desire to grow and make a better difference in lives of others.

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His own journey began here in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was born and raised. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, and retired as a brigadier general from the U.S. Army in 2010. He served for more than 32 years on active duty, culminating as the 34th Chief of Signal and Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.

While in the military, he served in leadership positions in constantly changing environments around the world, including Korea, Germany, the U.S., and Southwest Asia. Throughout his career he continually focused on accomplishing the mission and creating positive climates for his people to learn and grow. As the Chief of the Army Signal Corps he led the development of doctrine, strategic planning for future communications capabilities, and professional education, training, and leader development programs for the 60,000 communications and computer operations personnel in the Active, Guard, and Reserve Army.

Upon his retirement in 2010, he joined Augusta State University as an executive administrator leading the long range planning for the university including the acquisition of real estate and identification of requirements for new academic buildings, student housing, and recreational facilities.  Upon the consolidation of Augusta State University with Georgia Regents University, he served as Vice President of Military Affairs for the University and Health System. In this role, he led efforts to connect the enterprise’s educational and medical resources to meet military and veterans needs. He developed strategies in support of our military veterans and their families to increase access to and obtain their education at the university.

In 2013, he left the University and established Loral Mountain Solutions for one main purpose – to help people grow as leaders.  As the founder and President of Loral Mountain Solutions, General Foley serves a wide range of clients including small and large businesses, manufacturing, health care organizations, universities, non-profits, chambers of commerce, and the NCAA. He works with his clients to build and sustain high performing organizations, shape cultures, develop and implement strategic plans, and refine the leadership skills of the executive team to enable a greater impact on the marketplace. He is a partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies, certified to teach Situational Leadership II, the most taught leadership development model in the world.

General Foley co-authored the book Rules and Tools for Leaders (4th Edition) with General Perry Smith. He holds master’s degrees in computer systems and national security & strategic studies. For more than 30 years he was an active member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Association of the U.S. Army, and the Army Signal Corps Regimental Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Bank and Trust, the Executive Board for the Georgia-Carolina Council for Boy Scouts of America, the Central Savannah River Area Alliance for Fort Gordon, and the National Board for Lead Like Jesus, an organization co-founded by Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager.

In 2008, he was awarded the “Key to the City” to his hometown – Mariemont, Ohio.  He is a distinguished alumnus and a member of Sports Hall of Fame for Mariemont High School and an Eagle Scout.

It is an honor to welcome General Jeff Foley as the 2015 commencement speaker. His commitment to lifelong learning, service, and leadership mirrors Union’s ongoing mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adults as they pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

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.

National Commencement Contact Information

eventcoordinator@myunion.edu
513-487-1102

When

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

Where

Sacramento Community Center Theater
at the Sacramento Convention Center

1301 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-808-5181

  • 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

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.

California Commencement Coordinator

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

When

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Where

Hilton Miami Airport

5101 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, Florida 33126
Tel: 305-262-1000

  • 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 immediately following ceremony

Speaker Information

To be announced for 2016

Florida Commencement Coordinator

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