A Mountaineer for more than 47 years, West Virginia University’s Senior Associate Dean of Students Tom Sloane will share his experience with graduates on Sunday, Dec. 13.

More than 1,300 students are expected to graduate in December. This year’s convocation will be held in the WVU Coliseum at 1:30 p.m.

A life-long resident of Morgantown, Sloane has worn many hats at WVU. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at WVU. Sloane completed his doctorate in student personnel work in higher education at Ohio State University.

Sloane has served the University as a fraternity advisor, adjunct professor, residence hall coordinator, international student advisor, student conduct hearing officer and interim director of the Center for Black Culture and Research, among other roles.

In his current position with the Office of Student Life, Sloane visits students who have been hospitalized, works with families in crisis and travels abroad to represent WVU in recruiting international students.

“I have many wonderful memories of being a student at WVU, and working for the University. I feel honored and blessed to be given the opportunity to share my experiences and wish the 2009 December graduates the very best as they begin their lifelong journeys,” Sloane said.

Information for graduates, guests
While not a formal commencement, the convocation honors those students who complete their degree requirements midyear.

The ceremony provides them with an opportunity to walk across the stage as their names are read, shake hands with WVU’s president and other administrators, and receive a letter of congratulations.

Diplomas will be mailed in January after grades are confirmed with the Office of the University Registrar. Degrees will be conferred on Dec. 28.

A live webcast of the convocation will be available on the event Web site (http://decemberconvocation.wvu.edu). The link will be made available 15 minutes prior to the convocation start time. Users must have Quicktime to view the event.

All students participating in the ceremony are asked to register online at http://decemberconvocation.wvu.edu/registration . The deadline to register is Dec. 9. An estimated 800 students are expected to participate in this year’s event.

All degree candidates should wear caps, gowns and hoods, if appropriate. Official regalia is available at the WVU Bookstore, 304-293-7467.
Special seating is available for guests with physical limitations, as well as guests requiring the services of the interpreters on the platform.

Call the Office of Disability Services at 304-293-6700 to reserve special seating by noon Dec. 11.

Most University parking and the Mountainlair garage downtown will be free and open to visitors after 5 p.m. Dec. 11 (no permits will be necessary). Parking is available at the WVU Coliseum, and the Personal Rapid Transit, or PRT, will run Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Some schools, colleges and departments host their own events surrounding December Convocation. These are listed at http://decemberconvocation.wvu.edu/ , which will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

At the same site, students and their families can find lodging information, directions and important links that will help them as they are making their plans.

WVU will be following H1N1 guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any graduates who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay home. In addition, WVU would like to stress that handshaking is optional.

Updates are also available on the West Virginia University Graduation Facebook page.

Note: GradImages has been contracted to provide quality graduation photos for each student. Proofs will be e-mailed to graduates following the ceremony (within 24 hours), and prints will be mailed in the days following the event. Check http://decemberconvocation.wvu.edu/ for ordering information.

-WVU-

12/01/09

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