The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures hosts a ceremony for our graduating 4th-year and master's degree students. This ceremony takes place annually on the same day as final exercises for the College of Arts & Sciences. Students may attend the MESALC graduation ceremony even if they are a second major within our department. Information pertaining to this year's ceremony, as well as a few frequently asked questions, can be found below. If you have further questions, please contact Cameron Clayton.
2017 Graduation Ceremony
Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Nau Auditorium
Who is invited?: Any student with a major (or second major) in our department, as well as family and friends
Students: Please RSVP to the email invitation you received so we know how many to expect! Tickets are not required.
1. When is MESALC's graduation ceremony?
The date, time, and location of the ceremony will fluctuate from year to year. Information about this year's ceremony can be found above. Students who have applied to graduate and who have completed a major or second major in our department will receive an email invitation to the ceremony.
2. How many people can I bring?
Nau Auditorium has 245 fixed theater-style seats and a maximum occupancy of 272. Space should not be a problem as long as students don't bring a very large number of guests. We ask that you please bring no more than 7 guests and to please RSVP letting us know how many you plan on bringing.
3. Are tickets required?
No, at this time we are not limiting seats. However, we ask that you please bring no more than 7 guests to make sure that there is enough room for everyone. Please RSVP to your email invitation and indicate how many guests you will bring so we know approximately how many people to expect.
4. Is there a reception after the ceremony?
Yes, the reception will be held in the first floor lobby of Nau Hall (by Starbucks) immediately following the ceremony. Catering by Maharaja.
5. What if my first major isn't one offered by MESALC?
You are still welcome to attend and you can still walk during our ceremony.
6. Where should I park?
Students, families, and guests are asked to find their own parking spaces. Permits are not issued by our department, and it is likely that most guests will need to park in a large lot and either take the bus or walk to the ceremony.
7. Should I arrive early?
We ask that you arrive about 15 minutes early so that you can find your seat. Graduates will sit together in alphabetical order - there will be a seat reserved for you with your name on it.
8. Is there a rehearsal?
No, there is no rehearsal for the ceremony. When you hear your name called, simply rise, walk to the faculty member who is issuing diplomas, receive your diploma, shake hands, pose for a picture, then return to your seat.
9. How will I receive my diploma?
As of Spring 2015, all graduating students will receive their diploma by mail. If you attend your department's graduation ceremony, you will receive a blank diploma when you walk. (This for symbolic purposes and so that you can take photo ops).
10. Who can walk?
In order to participate in the ceremony, you must have applied to graduate in SIS. Eligible students are those who have completed or are planning to complete their degree in the following terms: Fall 2016, January 2017, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017.