Below is information from Commencement 2014 for your convenience. Please check back frequently as things may change between now and 2015's Commencement Weekend.
There are two main airports that serve Occidental. The closest is the Burbank-Pasadena-Glendale Airport, which is less than a half-hour from campus. Los Angeles International Airport is about an hour’s drive from campus, depending on traffic. Transportation is available from each airport to hotels and other accommodations in the Pasadena area.
Campus Shuttle Service
Limited shuttles for the elderly and physically challenged individuals will run from various campus locations to Hillside Theater before and after Commencement.
Handicapped parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but you must display your official DMV handicapped placard if you park in a handicapped parking space on campus. When you arrive, you will be directed to the closest handicapped parking area by a Campus Safety officer. Shuttles will be available from all handicapped parking areas to take you and your guests to the entrance of the theater. If you have any questions regarding handicapped parking, contact Campus Safety at (323) 259-2599.
Admission to Commencement
Wristbands are required to enter the theater on the day of Commencement. Children under the age of two, who will be lap sitting, do not require a wristband. Please coordinate with your student, as he or she will be given seven wristbands for the ceremony when he or she picks up his or her cap and gown during the week prior to Commencement. No one without a wristband will be allowed inside the theater.
Cap and Gown Rental
At Grad Fair, prospective graduates can reserve their cap and gown (rental fee is not due until time of distribution in May). If a student cannot attend Grad Fair, he or she should stop by the Bookstore as soon as possible afterward to complete a reservation form. Graduation announcements may be ordered online at www.Cbgrad.com (key word: Occidental).
Flowers will be available for purchase on campus at multiple locations near Hillside Theater on the day of Commencement. Graduation Day Flowers offers fresh flower bouquets and orchid leis. Pre-order now at graduationdayflowers.com to receive 50% off 2nd item purchased. (Print your receipt and present it to the flower staff at one of the locations on the day of Commencement.)
Please note that no pets are allowed in Hillside Theater (except for seeing-eye and K-9 assist dogs).
Grad Images, a commercial firm, will be at Commencement to photograph each graduate at the moment the diploma is presented. The taking of pictures or videos by individuals immediately in front of the platform is not allowed in an effort to eliminate crowding and confusion in that area. Several weeks after Commencement, proofs and an order form will be sent to your student’s address as shown on the College’s records. For more information, contact Grad Images at (800-261-2576 or visit www.gradimages.com).
The terrain of the campus requires considerable walking to and from various events. Comfortable shoes are a must. Because Hillside Theater is an open-air venue, please use discretion and check weather reports as conditions in the theater may be uncomfortable for younger children and the elderly. If the weather is unseasonably warm, you will appreciate having water, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen during the ceremony as most seats are in direct sun. On the other hand, should the weather be overcast, you should also bring a jacket.
Please note that the seats in Hillside Theater are concrete and have no back support. Therefore, you may want to bring a blanket or seat cushion. No strollers, umbrellas and balloons will be allowed inside the theater. The doors will open for seating at 7:00 a.m. No one will be admitted before then. Everyone needs to be seated by 8:45 a.m. for Commencement to begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp. (Cushions can be purchased at the Bookstore prior to the ceremony.)
Commencement information is available online at www.oxy.edu/commencement. You may also contact Kimberly Uribe at: (323-259-2523, or email@example.com) and Laura Crescenzo at: (323-259-1346, or firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss any additional questions or concerns.
Commencement Ceremony Speakers and Honorees
Head of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson will be the featured speaker. Johnson was sworn in on Dec. 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, he served as general counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the department. As general counsel, Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of the nation’s counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009, and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010.
Also receiving honorary degrees will be:
Daniel Ivascyn ’91 is group chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO), one of the world’s largest and most influential investment firms. He is lead portfolio manager for the firm’s income strategies and credit hedge fund and mortgage opportunistic strategies. Morningstar named him Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year (U.S.) for 2013. Prior to joining PIMCO in 1998, he worked at Bear Stearns in the asset-backed securities group, as well as T. Rowe Price and Fidelity Investments. He holds an MBA in analytic finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
U.S. Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Scott Studenmund, the son of Woody Studenmund, Laurence de Rycke Professor of Economics, and his wife Jayne Studenmund, was trained as a sniper and an elite combat diver before reporting for combat duty in Afghanistan in January 2014. He told his family he intended to volunteer for least three more years of active duty before he was killed in action on June 9, 2014. He was 24 years old. The Bronze Star Medal winner is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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