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Spring 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Von Braun Center - Propst Arena

The ceremony will include students who have applied for graduation and will complete all degree requirements for the
Spring semester. Doctoral, Masters, and Bachelors degrees will be presented.


Commencement Speaker 

General Via

General Dennis L. Via assumed duties as the 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command Aug. 7, 2012. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and our allies.

General Via’s prior assignment was as AMC’s Deputy Commanding General. He deployed to Southwest Asia in October 2011 as the Commander, AMC Responsible Reset Task Force with the mission of leading the strategic integration of the Materiel Enterprise for the Retrograde of equipment and materiel out of Iraq at the conclusion of Operation New Dawn. Prior to that, he served as Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6,
The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

A native of Martinsville, Va., General Via was commissioned on May 18, 1980 in the Signal Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Virginia State University. He holds a Master's Degree from Boston University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (class of 1991) and the U.S. Army War College (class of 1999).

The General's command assignments include the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; 3rd Signal Brigade, III Armored Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; 5th Signal Command, United States Army Europe and 7th Army, Mannheim, Germany; and the United States Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command and Fort Monmouth, Fort Monmouth, N.J.. His key staff assignments include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy; Operations Officer, J-6, Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, Washington, DC; Division Chief, Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, United States Army, Washington, DC; Principal Director for Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency/Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, United States Strategic Command, Arlington, Va.

His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Joint Service Achievement Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal. He is authorized to wear the Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.

Gen. Via is married to the former Linda A. Brown of Warsaw, Va. They have two sons, Brian and Bradley. 







Candidates' Instructions

No tickets required for guests. Please notify your family and friends that the doors will open exactly one hour prior to the scheduled ceremony time. Guests, family members and spouses are not permitted in the assembly or robing areas and should go directly to the arena.

Candidates will need to arrive at the Von Braun Center one hour prior to the scheduled ceremony time. 

Commencement Marshall Letter (Instructions): Click Here

Arena Layout (student seating): Click Here

Spring 2014 Participants: Click Here 

Schedule of Events


Action Item 


1:00 p.m.

Students check-in 

East Hall 

1:00 p.m.

Doors open for guests

Propst Arena

2:00 p.m.

Ceremony begins

Propst Arena

  Note: Whistle Stop clean-up may be going on at the same time as the ceremony, so please arrive 15-20 minutes before doors open.

Line Up and Procession

Students should report to their college line-up area in the Von Braun Center East Hall no later than one hour prior to the ceremony. You will receive a line-up card indicating your number in line and be instructed by University staff about when and where to line up. Your line-up card is the key to get you across the stage.

Who may participate in Commencement

Fall Commencement: Students who have completed degree requirements in the Summer semester, as well as those who have applied for graduation and will complete all degree requirements for the Fall semester.

Spring Commencement: Students who have applied for graduation and will complete all degree requirements for the Spring semester.

Doctoral candidates must notify Graduates Studies in order to participate in the ceremony.

What to Bring to Commencement

Degree candidates should purchase their caps and gowns from the University Bookstore prior to the ceremony and must bring them, along with their tassels, to Commencement. Students should not bring purses, cell phones, etc., into the Von Braun Center. Personal items may not be left in the assembly or robing areas during the ceremony.

Academic Regalia

Commencement is an occasion marking a special time in a student’s academic career. Appropriate attire for the occasion is a black academic gown and mortarboard with no personal accessories or messages. Undergraduate student members of academic honor societies may wear the insignia or honor cord of that academic honor society. Flowers, personal jewelry, pins or cords from social fraternities and sororities are not to be worn on academic robes (click here for approved list). All graduates participating in the ceremony must wear their academic regalia.

Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns may be purchased at Grad Finale or in the University Bookstore Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Doctoral candidates, please pre-order your cap and gown at least a month prior to the ceremony. 

White – Liberal Arts
Gold – Science
Orange – Engineering
Apricot – Nursing
Drab – Business
Old Gold – Doctoral

University Honors and Honor Societies

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