The 1,126 graduates of the Centennial class of 2002 will be recognized at Fort Hays State University's annual Commencement ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on May 18 in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The ceremony is free and open to families of graduates and to all friends of the university. No tickets are required. However, seating in the Coliseum often nears capacity, so FHSU is offering several other options for viewing Commencement.
The entire ceremony will be broadcast live to Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall. With its air conditioning, easy access and comfortable seating, the performing arts center may be the preferred choice as a viewing site for many people. Special seating is available in both Gross and Beach/Schmidt for people with disabilities. The signer who will interpret for the hearing-impaired in Gross will also be easily seen in an inset on the screen at Beach/Schmidt.
The ceremony will be broadcast live by KMA Productions Inc. of Hays over cable channel 58. It also can be viewed on campus in the residence halls on channel 13.
The university will make Commencement available both live and for delayed viewing over the Internet so family and friends can watch the ceremony from distant locations. Those wishing to view the ceremony on a computer should download either QuickTime or Real Player prior to May 18. For a high-quality broadcast, a minimum of a Pentium 166 with 16 MB RAM or a comparable Macintosh is recommended. The address for the online broadcast is www.fhsu.edu/commencement/.
Those people who plan to attend the ceremony in person are encouraged to arrive early. Gates at the Cunningham/Gross complex and Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center will open at 8:30 a.m. Degree candidates should gather in Cunningham Hall by 9:15 a.m.; all others are asked to enter the coliseum through gates 1,2,3 or 4.
Traffic in the Gross Memorial Coliseum area is extremely heavy for Commencement. Parking lots adjacent to the coliseum typically fill up by 9:15 a.m., so those arriving after that time are encouraged to park on the main campus; shuttle bus service will be provided between the campus and the coliseum complex. In the event of rain, unpaved lots near the coliseum will be closed, so parking on campus will be necessary.
Note to editors/news directors: This announcement was necessary because we learned of a rumor that $6 tickets were required to attend Commencement. There are no tickets for Commencement.