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2014 Graduation Fact Sheet Print E-mail


When and Where is Graduation?


This year's ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m., in the Bonne Sante Wellness Center on the Mid City Campus. All guests must be seated before the doors close at 10a.m., as they will not be opened while the academic procession is in progress.



When is Rehearsal?


Graduation Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 22, at 10 a.m., in the Bonne Sante Wellness Center and should last an hour. All graduates must attend rehearsal. Honor cords, guest tickets (5), photography information, and other pertinent information will be distributed on this day. Regalia are not required for rehearsal.



Who is the Speaker?


Dr. Christel Slaughter is a partner and a co-owner of SSA Consultants, a management consulting and organizational development firm. Co-founded by Dr. Slaughter, its clients include Fortune 200 publicly-traded, privately-held, not-for-profit, and government organizations. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, and received her Doctorate at 25 years of age from the College of Business at Louisiana State University in Systems Management and Organizational Design. While at LSU, Dr. Slaughter was named to the Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium with the top 35 doctoral students in the nation. At the time of her graduation, she had published 20 articles and cases and presented her dissertation research at the London School of Economics.



What Should I Wear?


All graduates will wear regalia along with the collar on the robe. We suggest that you wear an appropriate seasonal outfit, keeping in mind the weather on the day and that the gowns can be quite warm. Suitable attire includes:



Nice shirt (preferably white collars)

Dark Pants

Dark dress boots or shoes




Dark dress (you will need to negotiate stairs and stand for periods of time- be mindful of heel height)

*We suggest ladies bring safety pins to secure the detachable collar and bobby pins to secure your cap.


Unacceptable Attire:

Jeans, tennis shoes, work boots, flip flops and shorts.


The appropriate cap for graduates is the familiar black "mortarboard." The mortarboard is worn straight on the heard with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead. The tassel should hang to the left of the face.



When Should I Arrive?


Graduates must arrive in cap and gown promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014. Family and friends will not be permitted to enter the assembly area. Staff members will be available to help direct graduates to the appropriate line-up areas as well as to direct family and friends to seating areas.


No balloons, posters, air horns, or other party material will be allowed in the arena. You will not be permitted to bring cell phones or purses into the arena. Please leave these items in your locked vehicle or with someone in the audience.



Where Can I Purchaset My Cap and Gown?

Orders for caps and gowns can be placed in the BRCC Bookstore, located on the Mid City Campus. The cost is $34.87. If your gown is wrinkled, it is suggested that you steam your gown the day before the ceremony.



When Will I Receive my Diploma/Degree?


Diplomas are inscribed with the College name, degree title, graduates name, and date of award. Your name will appear on your degree/diploma as it appears in LoLA. Graduates will be notified via your BRCC email address as to when diplomas will be available for pick up.



Will I Receive Academic Honors?


Honor designations are determined by the cumulative grade point average of all work completed as of Fall 2013. Honor cords will be distributed at Commencement Rehearsal. Honors are recognized as follows:




Chancellor's Honors Scholar -- 3.85 - 4.00, Gold Cord

Dean's Honors List -- 3.50 - 3.84, Red Cord

Honor's -- 3.00 - 3.49, White Cord


**Reminder:   Developmental courses and English as a Second Language are not included in the calculation of grade point averages.



Will Photos Be Taken of Me at Graduation?


Candid Campus Photography has been engaged to take your picture with the Chancellor as you cross the stage. You may order pictures directly from the photographer. Make sure you complete the information form at Graduation Rehearsal. Specific details will be provided in your packet that will be distributed on that day.



Are There Arrangements for Hearing Impaired Graduates and/or Guests with Disabilities?


BRCC will provide interpreter service for the ceremony. To assist us in providing arrangements for graduates or guests of graduates with special needs, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Wendy Devall at 225.216.8503.