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Listen Up
CURRENTS Article Longwood University's Day After Graduation podcast, launched in February 2017, gets real with advice for navigating life after commencement. Alumni recall their own experiences during those first few years after leaving the Virginia institution.

Crazy, Super, Cool
CURRENTS Article With 2016 coming to a close, Currents wanted to reflect on this year’s amazing innovations at universities around the world. Our favorites include a pizza ATM, software to help you pronounce names, innovative helmets, windows made with wood, and microchips engraved with donor names sent into space.

Brick-and-Mortar Board
CURRENTS Article At commencement, Notre Dame architecture students wear bridges, skyscrapers, and monuments built atop their commencement caps. The tradition, which began in the late 1970s, enables architecture students to celebrate their personal and group identity.

President Flips Script on Graduation Speakers
Article,  Community College News Article While many institutions pay for commencement speakers, a community college in Wisconsin does the opposite. It asks speakers to make a gift to the institution.

President Flips Script on Graduation Speakers
Article,  BriefCASE Article While many institutions pay for commencement speakers, a community college in Wisconsin does the opposite. It asks speakers to make a gift to the institution.

Cap and Frown
CURRENTS Article Institutions want big names for commencement speakers, but high-profile figures can be controversial—and expensive. Are the risks worth the benefits?

Making Transition a Tradition
CURRENTS Article The ways alumni associations welcome their newest alumni can set the stage for a lasting relationship.

Spot the Donor
CURRENTS Article Members of Salem State University's Class of 2015 who contribute at least $20.15 to the class gift will wear green philanthropy honor cords at commencement. The cords raise awareness about giving and recognize student donors as leaders.

Winning Shares
CURRENTS Article West Virginia University and the University of Melbourne have awarded prizes in contests encouraging graduates to share photos and content on commencement-related hashtags.

The Ultimate Do-Over
CURRENTS Article The chance to be feted with the current graduating class is a perk reserved for members of Corpus Cordis Aureum, Emory alumni who graduated at least five decades ago.

Commencement Samples
Sample Collection The Library maintains this collection of commencement samples for all CASE members.

Commencement & Social Media
Good Question I am looking to take advantage of social media in promoting and celebrating activities surrounding commencement. Does CASE have any samples and best practices for this?

They Got Carded
CURRENTS Article The alumni association at Del Mar College in Texas got involved in the graduation pinning ceremonies for various college programs, and now more of the college's programs are looking to partner with the alumni association.

Unlocking the Alumni Network
CURRENTS Article The University of Evansville's UE Connect program offers students and alumni many programs and resources, which students are typically introduced to in their senior year to help them connect with alumni and network as they look for jobs. A symbol of the program is an uncut metal key stamped with the UE logo, a useful memento each graduate receives at commencement as a reminder that his or her UE education and connections have opened the door to the future.

Growing Commitment
CURRENTS Article Connecticut College presents saplings to students at commencement.

The Big Reveal
CURRENTS Article Queen's University Belfast uses an impromptu fashion contest at graduation to engage its brand-new young alumni.

These Gowns Are Made for Walking
CURRENTS Article This article discusses Brigham Young University's "Walk" campaign, the centerpiece of which was a lighthearted yet sentimental YouTube video designed to encourage students to participate in commencement.

Past and Circumstance
CURRENTS Article This article looks at efforts in California to award honorary degrees to U.S. students of Japanese descent who were forced to leave the state's colleges and universities as a result of Executive Order 9066, signed soon after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Santa Ana College is looking for these former students to honor them in the campus's 2011 commencement ceremony. Meanwhile, the California State University system is working on a project to educate people about what happened using video footage and interviews of its 2010 commencement ceremonies at six CSU campuses.

An Academic Costume Code and An Academic Ceremony Guide
Eugene Sullivan, American Council on Education
Article Reprinted with permission from American Universities and Colleges, 15th Edition, this article provides a brief history of academic dress, a detailed costume code, and a guide for academic ceremonies including commencement and inauguration.

Odds and Ends: Commence Operations
CURRENTS Article Judy Woodruff, veteran journalist and commencement speaker, shares her thoughts on how to deliver a memorable speech at graduation.

AdvanceWork: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
CURRENTS Article Giving graduates a meaningful commencement ceremony can foster long-term good will and philanthropic support. Faculty and staff members from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas State University offer a “Do’s and Don’ts” list to help advancement officers make graduation day a success.

AdvanceWork: Make It Personal
CURRENTS Article Tips for pitching successful commencement stories

AdvanceWork: A Golden Opportunity
CURRENTS Article The University of Scranton honors members of the 50-year reunion class by inviting them to follow graduates in the commencement procession.

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