Commencement moving from Mother’s Day weekend in 2015


Mackenzie Warren, Asst. News Editor

The moms are getting Mother’s Day back in 2015.

After deliberation, Marywood administration has decided to move commencement back one week from its traditional Mother’s Day weekend. The class of 2015 will cross the stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena on May 16.

In the past, hooding had been held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, while the graduation ceremony was held on Sunday, Mother’s Day. In 2015, graduation will be held on Saturday, with hooding taking place on Friday.

Dr. Alan Levine, vice president for academic affairs, said that faculty and staff, who are contractually required to attend commencement, felt like they were being pulled in two different directions, often sacrificing or cutting short Mother’s Day celebrations in order to attend graduation. He said faculty had requested on several occasions that the ceremony date be changed.

Levine added that pushing commencement back a week would allow for an extra week off between the fall and spring semesters, giving faculty and students more time to rejuvenate and prepare for the spring semester.

According to John Coval, director of conference and special events, the decision to change the date came down to two factors.

“We heard the thoughts and concerns of parents as well as students about Mother’s Day, it being a special day and [wanting to allow] students and their mothers to spend it as a special day together without having to worry about commencement,” said Coval. “I think there was also an aspect of it from the academic side, to allow the semester to be a little elongated.”

Coval added that the traditions that students, faculty, and staff have come to expect at commencement weekend will not change. The biggest concern is moving the Hooding Ceremony to Friday, which will mean families may have to take time off of work to attend.

Kristen Draeger, junior art history and art administration major, said that moving commencement wasn’t a horrible idea, but may create small inconveniences.

“It’s just going to be tricky,” said Draeger. “My parents are going to have to take off from work now.”

Levine also added that commencement will still be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in 2015 and in years to come, as long as the weekend after Mother’s Day remains available.