Safety and inclement weather outlined for Cameron Commencement

Cameron University’s annual Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Stadium. Bill W. Burgess, Jr., the first Cameron alumnus to be appointed to the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents, will deliver the Commencement address. Cameron officials encourage graduates, their families and friends, and all visitors to arrive at least 30 minutes early to facilitate a seamless entry into the stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. Ample parking is available on campus. Chilled water will be available free of charge.

SECURITY

Oversized bags, backpacks, duffle bags, coolers, drinks, cans and bottles will not be permitted. Safety checks of allowable carry-in baggage or cases, such as handbags, purses, camera bags, or any like container, will be conducted by trained security officers. The officers will check for any unacceptable items, such as cans, bottles, illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks, signs on poles, and noisemakers.

WEATHER

In the event of a spring rain, the Commencement ceremony will still be held at Cameron Stadium on Friday evening. Ponchos will be available at the stadium gates for graduates, faculty and guests. Guests are encouraged to dress accordingly. Also, to ensure that all guests have an unimpeded view of the stage, umbrellas will not be allowed.

In the event of severe inclement weather on Friday evening, the Commencement ceremony will be held at Cameron Stadium at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10.

If severe weather continues on Saturday morning, four separate ceremonies will be held at Aggie Gym, beginning at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. If Commencement is held in Aggie Gym, each graduate is limited to four guests due to space limitations.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held for undergraduate and master candidates from the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Faculty and candidates should assemble no later than 9:30 a.m. at the rear of Aggie Gym.

The Noon ceremony will be held for Interdisciplinary Studies candidates and undergraduate and master candidates from the School of Business. Faculty, staff, and candidates should assemble no later than 11:30 a.m. at the rear of Aggie Gym.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held for School of Science and Technology candidates. Faculty and candidates should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. at the rear of Aggie Gym.

The 4 p.m. ceremony will be held for School of Liberal Arts candidates. Faculty and candidates should assemble no later than 3:30 p.m. at the rear of Aggie Gym.

Inclement weather announcements regarding the status of commencement will be made through the following media:

-         KCCU Radio (Lawton-Ft. Sill – 89.3 & 102.9, Wichita Falls – 88.7, Ardmore – 90.3, Altus – 90.1, Duncan – 89.3, Weatherford-Clinton-Elk City – 89.1, Chickasha – 100.1, Woodward – 95.9)

-         KSWO (Channel 7, Lawton)

-         KFDX (Channel 3, Wichita Falls)

-         KAUZ (Channel 6, Wichita Falls)

-         KFOR (Channel 4, OKC)

-         KWTV (Channel 9, OKC)

-         KOCO (Channel 5, OKC)

-         Cameron University home page (www.cameron.edu)

-         An e-mail to all Faculty and Staff             

-         An e-mail to all students (email will be sent to students’ Cameron University e-mail account)

Detailed information is available at http://www.cameron.edu/commencement.

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May 1, 2014

PR#14-105