Commencement Weekend!

Hello All!

I wanted to write a quick blog to congratulate the newly graduated class of 2018 and to let you all know what to expect/ give some helpful hints for when it’s your turn to walk across that stage!

First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW WARNER GRADUATES!!!! 🎓🙌🎉 We over here in the Admissions Office are so proud of all of you! Watching everyone receive their diplomas was such a joy to be a part of.

According to her the process of planning graduation is a team effort, but a special shout out to Claire Urbanowitz for all she did to put together a wonderful commencement ceremony! The Warner School Commencement happens over at the Eastman Theater in their beautiful auditorium where students, parents, faculty and staff gather to celebrate the achievement of the Master’s and Doctoral degree recipients. As articulated by Dean Raffaella Borasi, the Warner School of Education and Human Development’s graduation ceremony goal is to focus on the students and all they have achieved, and as such there is no commencement speaker. Instead, each student has a personal bio read after their name is called, letting all in attendance learn about their lives, passions and dreams. As this was my first time experiencing the Warner ceremony, I thought it was a special touch to get to learn about each individual as their received their diplomas. Seeing each person beam as they walked across the stage was a wonderful privilege.

For any who may not know what to expect when it comes time to graduate, no need to worry. The Warner School holds a graduation rehearsal so that everyone knows exactly where to be and when to be there. That said, there are a few quick tips I gathered that I wanted to share with you all.

Wear light clothing under your gown: Since it is finally warm here in Rochester during the graduation ceremony, the Eastman Theater can get a bit hot with the number of people in attendance. I highly recommend wearing clothing that is both breathable and cool so that you stay comfortable during the celebration.

Bring extra safety pins: To hold your sash in the correct place, you need to bring a safety pin to your commencement. i suggest bringing a few, in case anyone else forgot theirs or you loose one of yours!

Bobby pins: If you want your cap to stay in the perfect place during your ceremony, I think having some bobby pins is the perfect plan. Adding a few to your cap will secure it nicely!

Arrive early: No need to be rushing to make it to your graduation, it is better to arrive early and not to stress about making it at all!

These are just a few things to remember when it’s your time to shine. If anyone else has some good suggestions for the day they graduate, I’d love to hear! Especially since the next graduation will be my own! I hope everyone had a lovely commencement weekend, and congratulations again to the class of 2018!

That’s all for now folks,

Steph 😊


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