Promoting Departmental Graduation Ceremonies on the Web

Posted on 4/20/2011 1:57:09 PM

In addition to the main Commencement ceremony on May 7, 2011, many academic departments—and sometimes individual programs of study—hold their own graduation ceremonies.

Before posting information about those ceremonies on their websites, departments should be aware of the following.

The Commencement website has a comprehensive list of departmental ceremonies that includes dates, times, and locations. Any departments whose information differs from what is on that list should contact Cindy Varner in the Scheduling Center at 724-357-2217 ext. 4823 or

The comprehensive list of departmental ceremonies will be featured on the home page of the IUP website starting the Thursday before Commencement, so that it can be easily found by students, parents, and other audiences.

Departments are welcome to place information about their individual ceremonies on their websites as well, including in their news and events (calendar) sections.

However, when placing ceremonies on the calendar, departments should avoid adding them to the Central Calendar or to the Student Events Calendar. There are two reasons:

  1. Those calendars would be overwhelmed on May 7 with departmental ceremony listings, making other events difficult to find.
  2. Not every department would post its ceremony, so the listing would not have a fair representation of events.

That said, mentions of departmental graduation ceremonies are very appropriate in news posts and calendar entries on department websites.

For information on how to get information about your department graduation ceremony on your website, please contact your web maintainer. The following resources may also help:

Web Team