CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION!
CAMERON UNIVERSITY’S ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020, IN CAMERON STADIUM. THE 2020 CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE USING THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL COVID-19 GUIDELINES. THE INFORMATION BELOW WILL HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS:
Before the ceremony
Cameron University graduates who completed their coursework in December 2019, May or July 2020, or will complete in December 2020 are eligible to participate in Commencement. If you have received this newsletter, it indicates that you have already applied for graduation. However, it is important to understand that you must also register if you plan to participate in the ceremony itself. You can do this by filling out an electronic form at www.cameron.edu/commencement/register-for-commencement. Please be sure to complete all fields on the form. Registering for Commencement allows the university to make the appropriate arrangements to accommodate all graduates and as many guests into the stadium as social distancing will allow.
Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols do not allow for an unlimited number of guests. Each graduate is guaranteed two guests. Depending on the number of graduates who register to participate, that number could increase. That’s why it’s important to register immediately if you have not done so.
Due to social distancing limitations, wristbands will be required for graduates and guests to enter the stadium. Children under age 6 are not required to have wristbands and do not count toward guest limitations. However, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. To obtain wristbands for themselves and their guests, graduates must pre-register on the website. CU will operate a drive-through wristband pickup in front of the CETES Conference Center on Monday, Oct. 5, from 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 9-11 a.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m.
Graduates are responsible for distributing their allotted guest wristbands, whether they receive them ahead of time or at the gate on the day of the ceremony. For grads unable to pick up wristbands at the drive-through wristband pickup, stations will be set up at the northwest and southeast stadium gates on the night of the ceremony. Only graduates will be allowed to pick up wristbands on behalf of guests on the night of the ceremony. The university will not hold guest wristbands at will-call for guests to pick up; they must be picked up and distributed by graduates. After 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 10, only graduates and guests who already have wristbands will be allowed to enter the stadium. No additional wristbands of any kind will be distributed after 7:15 p.m.
Only Cameron staff and those with gold wristbands will be able to access graduate seating on the stadium floor. Guests will not be allowed into that area to greet graduates or to take photos or videos.
Ceremony to be livestreamed
Because seating will be limited, the university has made arrangements for the ceremony to be livestreamed. Guests unable to be physically present in the stadium will be able to watch the ceremony on personal devices. The ceremony will also be archived on Cameron University’s YouTube channel.
Social distancing required
Guests attending Commencement are expected to comply with CDC guidelines and City of Lawton regulations for COVID-19, including practicing physical distancing and using facial coverings. Children under age 6 are not required to wear masks, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Guests may practice social distancing by family groups. Graduates should also wear facial coverings, which may be removed before they cross the stage to accept their diploma covers and have photos taken.
On the evening of Commencement
In keeping with current COVID-19 practices, the traditional processional that starts the ceremony will not take place. Instead, candidates for graduation and faculty should be in their seats no later than 7:20 p.m. Students should be dropped off at either the northwest or southeast stadium gates. Check-in tables will be set up at those locations for graduates and guests who need wristbands or name cards. The ceremony begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
All candidates who have applied for graduation will receive a copy of The Graduation Times, which will include much of the same information that appears on this website. Included with each student’s copy is a card with personal graduate information. It is extremely important to bring this card with you to Commencement, as it has the information that will be read as you cross the stage. We suggest that you write your name as it is pronounced beneath your printed name to assist the announcer. The photographer will also use this card to help identify your graduation photo. If you lose or forget your card, it is imperative that you pick up another one from Commencement officials when you arrive. These cards can be obtained at the northwest and southeast stadium entry gates.
All attendees are strongly encouraged to remain until the end of the ceremony so that every graduate is appropriately honored. The ceremony should last less than two hours and will end with a fireworks display. After the fireworks conclude, please remain seated while the platform party exits the stage. After their departure, graduates are free to join their families.
Please remember, Commencement is an academic exercise with specific regalia guidelines. Only Regent-approved regalia may be worn for Commencement, including approved ornaments representing the candidates’ collegiate experience. You can read the full policy at www.cameron.edu/regalia. Specific questions may be directed to Events Management at (580) 581-5455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officers will conduct safety checks of all carry-in bags (handbags, purses, camera bags, etc.). Illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks, signs on poles, or noisemakers are not allowed. Oversized bags, backpacks and duffle bags will not be permitted, nor will coolers with drinks, cans or bottles. Graduates should leave personal belongings with family and friends as it is likely they will not return to the same seat after receiving their diploma covers.
Guests with wristbands may enter the stadium through any gate. Please advise guests to allow sufficient time to walk from parking areas, pass through gate security, and be seated no later than 7:15 p.m. Remember, facial coverings and family social distancing are required in the guest areas. CU staff will provide programs and answer questions. Please be aware that the graduate seating area is restricted to graduation candidates and event staff only.
Guests are asked to drop off candidates at the northwest or southeast gates before parking. Seating for individuals with disabilities is located on the stadium floor (accessed through the 38th Street parking lot), and on the upper level of the north and south sides (accessed through both east gates). Accessible/ disabled parking can be found in several locations surrounding the stadium. However, please be aware that accessible parking/seating is limited for an event of this size, so please arrive early. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Candidates requiring assistance to access the graduate seating area or to cross the platform to receive their diploma covers should make arrangements by calling Events Management at (580) 581-5455 no later than Oct. 5.
The university has provided several seating sections for guests, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A section on the east end of the stadium floor is designated for guests unable to negotiate stairs. Guests needing access to this area should enter the stadium through the northwest gate and proceed along the stadium floor in front of the north stands to the roped off seating. Additional ADA designated seating on the upper levels of the stadium is accessible through the east gates. To ensure sufficient room for everyone, seating in these areas is limited to the guest and one escort. Commencement volunteers can direct you to these areas.
We are truly sorry, but due to the unique distancing protocols necessitated by COVID-19, there will be no designated areas for family photography on the stadium floor. Professional photographs will be taken as graduates receive their diploma covers and after they leave the stage. Proofs will be available online, allowing graduates to order products and packages. A link to each grad’s personal gallery will be sent via email and or text within a few hours of the ceremony. All transactions are between Candid Color Photography and individual candidates; Cameron is not involved in the billing or collecting of monies. Proofs can be viewed online at www.oklahomapartypics.com. Questions can be sent via e-mail to email@example.com, or by phone at (405) 951-7300.
Restrooms are located in the southeast and northeast corners of the stadium just inside the gates. Portable restrooms are also located on the west end of the stadium behind the fieldhouse.
End of ceremony
Commencement will end with an impressive, but loud, fireworks display. Please be prepared – and plan accordingly for the loud and sudden noise, which some spectators may find disconcerting. After the fireworks conclude, please remain seated while the platform party exits the stage. After their departure, you are free to go.
CU’s stadium lies in restricted airspace because of its proximity to Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s helipad. The flying of drones is prohibited without Federal Aviation Administration approval.
Commencement DVDs will be available for $7 (including shipping and handling), and can be ordered from KCCU-FM at (580) 581-2472.
Share your graduation experiences by tagging posts and photos with #CUin2020Vision.
In the event Commencement must be cancelled for inclement weather, changes in the COVID-19 situation, or other reasons, it will not be rescheduled.