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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: May 17, 2011

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Commencement: Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Saturday, May 21, 2011, hundreds of students will receive their diplomas at Calvin's 91st commencement. If you aren't able to attend, you may watch the LIVE broadcast which will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST.

To make your Commencement celebration as simple and enjoyable as possible, the Campus Store and a number of partnering businesses offer special memorabilia and gifts (photos, flowers, rings, nursing pins...) for Calvin graduates and their parents. Visit the Commencement gifts page for more information about all that is offered.

Graduation Flowers: There will be flowers for sale on the day of Commencement at a few locations on campus. The main table will be just south of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, near the circle drive and steps to that building. That's where you will pick up flowers if you have pre-ordered them. [The site to pre-order flowers is here.] There will be smaller sale tables for flowers at the west doors to the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex and also at the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

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ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: Friday, May 20, 2011

Immediately following the Commencement worship service in the Chapel on Friday, May 20 (5 p.m.), a commissioning ceremony for Cadet Aaron Rask will be held (6:15 p.m.) in the Chapel. This commissioning, including an oath, pinning, and first salute, will mark the completion of Cadet Rask’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Two senior cadets, Thomas Ellens and Rebecca Flim, will also be recognized. There will still be time to attend the Commencement picnic immediately following this service. Read more about Calvin's ROTC students.

Families are invited to witness this first Calvin commissioning since 2004 and are encouraged to support these students with their attendance at that ceremony.

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Parking for Commencement

Due to the throngs on campus for Commencement, it's a good idea to check over the parking information before you arrive, or bookmark it (or print) for quick reference that day. The most important thing to remember is that you should leave plenty of time to get to the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, which houses the Van Noord Arena (where the ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.), from wherever you park.

If you have any questions about the schedule for Commencement and all the related activities, you may contact the Commencement Hotline (800-560-6391, 616-526-8615;

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Accessible seating for Commencement

If you are bringing guests with mobility, hearing or other accessibility needs, please pay special attention to the designated accessible seating areas. Only those who have requested accessible seating IN ADVANCE will have reserved seats; graduates who requested these seats have received specific instructions. 

If you visit the accessibility site there is also information about the sign language interpreter and the Loop audio system.

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Distinguished Alumni

This year's Distinguished Alumni Awards will be given to Mary Vermeer Andringa '72 and Robert Rooy  '70 at Commencement 2011. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award have made significant contributions to their fields of endeavor, are recognized by their associates for outstanding achievements, and manifest a Christian commitment that reflects honor upon Calvin College. 

Read more about them and their work here.

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Student news

This year’s recipient of the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award is Melissa Oosterhouse and the Beré Memorial Award winner is Scott Hooker. These awards are the highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics. Read more.

This year, the BA and BFA exhibitions will be held concurrently, one downtown, one at Calvin.

Watch media production students singing and dancing in a promo for this year's Media Showcase.

Senior Matthew Koh’s novel Fallen begins in a world where paradise has already been lost. The main action of the story takes place during Jesus’ temptation. As an honors thesis project for his English major, Koh’s novel was an ambitious challenge.

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Parents, check out the summer edition of CareerLink, the newsletter from Calvin's career development office, featuring some students who completed spring semester internships, as well as graduating seniors who have reported their post-graduation plans. 

Students can still call (616) 526-6485 or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment for career help. More resources are also available on the career development site, or find us on Facebook. last reminder

A letter was recently sent to all returning students from the housing office updating them of the second year of Calvin's new off-campus housing policy.  You can view the policy here.

Parent Calendar

May 18: Exams end 10 p.m.
May 19: Residence halls close at 10 a.m. (for students with Wednesday exams or special permission only)
May 19-21: Commencement weekend
May 19-23: Transitional housing available at Knollcrest East
May 21: Commencement
June 10-16: Christian Reformed Church Synod on campus
June 16-21: Reformed Church in America Synod on campus