[Parentsgroup-list] Information from Garth McCavana re: graduation tickets

Hanna Siurua siurua at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 16:49:50 EDT 2010

Here are some details, based on our experience at last year's commencement:

Children who walk across the stage with their graduating parent are only
brought into the auditorium when it's the turn of the parent's department to
receive diplomas. The rest of the time the kids spend in a waiting area in
the basement (with live, though probably silent, broadcast of the ceremony),
and they must be accompanied by another adult (the graduating parent sits in
the auditorium). Neither the kids nor the accompanying adult need a ticket,
and the accompanying adult, who brings the child up to the edge of the stage
to hand him/her over to the graduating parent, gets to see the actual
awarding of the diploma before crossing backstage to collect the child on
the other side of the stage. So basically you can bring in your child(ren)
and spouse etc. for the relevant part of the ceremony without tickets, in
addition to having two ticket-holding family members in the audience. Of
course, the price is spending a lot of time waiting in the basement, but at
least there kids can run around a bit while they wait, which they obviously
couldn't in the main auditorium.


On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM, Susannah Rose <rose at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Hello parents,
> Given the multiple requests for extra graduation tickets, I asked Dean
> Garth
> McCavana if there was any formal way to get more tickets. Although there is
> not, he did provide the following information regarding children attending
> their parents' graduation ceremony, and the "baby diplomas." See below
> (forwarded with permission).
> Hope this helps -- it seems that children can participate without tickets.
> Let me know if you have any questions.
> Best,
> Susannah
> ----- Forwarded message from Garth McCavana <mccavana at fas.harvard.edu>
> -----
>    Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:27:20 -0400
>    From: Garth McCavana <mccavana at fas.harvard.edu>
> Reply-To: Garth McCavana <mccavana at fas.harvard.edu>
>  Subject: Re: graduation tickets
>      To: Susannah Rose <rose at fas.harvard.edu>
> Susannah,
> Unfortunately, there isn't a waiting list for additional tickets for
> Sanders. We are already over capacity as regards the Sanders ceremony. What
> we do offer, however, is the ability for children to walk across the stage
> with their parent and receive what we call a "baby diploma" that states
> that
> they accompanied their parent to Commencement. Children can participate in
> this part of the ceremony without tickets.  We've formalized the baby
> diploma process this year so that students can indicate on their ticket
> forms whether they'll have a child receiving a baby diploma.  We don't
> limit
> the number of children that can participate.
> I hope that this helps somewhat. Please let me know if you have any more
> questions.
> Regards,
> Garth
> On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM, Susannah Rose <rose at fas.harvard.edu
> >wrote:
> > Garth,
> > I hope that you are well.
> >
> > There are several grad parents who would like to bring their children to
> > the
> > ceremony -- however, as I remember, they need to have tickets for the
> > children.
> > Is there a way for these grad student parents to obtain more tickets?
> They
> > are
> > trying informal methods, but is there a formal waiting list or some other
> > option?
> >
> > Best,
> > Susannah (Chair, GSAS Graduate Students Parents Group)
> >
> >
> > Susannah Rose, MS, MSW
> > PhD Candidate, Health Policy Program
> > Harvard University
> > rose at fas.harvard.edu
> >
> >
> >
> --
> Garth McCavana
> Dean for Student Affairs
> GSAS, Harvard University
> Holyoke Center 350
> 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
> Cambridge, MA 02138
> 617-495-1814
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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