College Ceremonies

In addition to the Commencement ceremony in the spring, F&M hosts annual College-wide ceremonies including Convocation and Winter Graduate Recognition.


Winter Graduate Recognition & Reception

December 12, 2023 | 4:00 p.m.
Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

Winter Graduate Recognition Information

GUESTS: Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Graduates may invite up to (5) guests to attend the recognition and reception. F&M faculty and staff are also invited to attend. Unlike the May Commencement, there are no physical tickets for guests to attend the Winter Graduate Recognition. Seating is limited and first come, first serve. The program begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. A seating hold will occur during the President's platform processional. 

RECOGNITION PROGRAM: The recognition includes Presidential remarks by Barbara K. Altmann, Ph.D., musical performance, and closing remarks by 2023 Bradley R. Dewey Scholarship Award recipient, Susan Dicklitch-Nelson, Ph.D. Each graduate is recognized on stage and presented with a diploma cover. 

GRADUATE ATTIRE: The Winter Graduate program is an informal recognition and not a degree conferral ceremony, therefore caps and gowns are not needed. Graduates are encouraged to wear business or business casual attire, suit coats and ties are not required. 

GRADUATE ARRIVAL: Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. Graduates are to arrive by 3:30 p.m. and check in at the table located in Barshinger Lobby to receive their seating assignment. 

GRADUATE SEATING: Graduates will be assigned a seat in the front rows of Barshinger Music Center. 

SEATING ACCOMMODATIONS: If you or a member of your family require special accessibility accommodations, please contact Lindsey Snyder, associate director of college ceremonies and special presidential events at

DIPLOMAS: Eligible graduates will receive their actual diploma after they are conferred on January 31, 2024. Diplomas will be mailed directly to graduates. Please contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions regarding your diploma, a transcript or to confirm your mailing address.

Reception & Additional Information

For those unable to attend in person, the program will also be accessible through Zoom. To join, simply click on the Join Webinar link or use the Webinar ID 931 4551 8059

Click the "Winter Graduate Program" link to view the 2023 program and list of graduates. 

F&M is pleased to offer closed captioning and limited translation for the Winter Graduates Recognition program. Click the "Closed Caption" link to view the captioning. 

Following the recognition program, we welcome all graduates and their guests for a reception in the Roschel Kreisel Lobby of the Roschel Performing Arts Center. Light refreshments will be provided until 6:30 p.m. 

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