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Changes will enhance commencement

December 9, 2014

Two changes for Emporia State University’s winter commencement ceremonies are designed to enhance the experience for the graduates’ biggest fans — their families and friends.

Closed captioning on the video board at White Auditorium will be added to the undergraduate commencement. During the graduate commencement, seating arrangements have been changed to give family and friends prime seats.

Undergraduate commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave. Dr. Charles Brown, 2014 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor, will address the more than 300 candidates for degrees.

At 2 p.m., more than 200 candidates for graduate degrees will be hooded at Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall on the Emporia State campus. Kenny Wilk of Basehor, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, will speak at both ceremonies. Graduates will now sit in the rows on the east side of the auditorium and faculty will sit on the stage, leaving the center and west sections for the audience.

For those unable to attend, both ceremonies will be streamed on the Internet live at More information on commencement can be found online at