Academic Ceremonies

A plate of sliced fruits

A Resource For You

By Correct On Campus / July 29, 2022 / Comments Off on A Resource For You

I have a great resource for you. It’s the protocol officer’s association, an amazing organization for special events planners, chiefs of staff, people who work in government relations, international affairs, for hospitals, corporations, the military, who manage official residences, and for all of us who welcome distinguished guests, famous people, elected officials, or who plan…

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Prince Philip’s funeral

Ceremonies Mark Milestones

By Correct On Campus / April 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Ceremonies Mark Milestones

According to the BBC, 13.6 million people in the UK paused their lives to watch Saturday’s televised funeral service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They were joined by another 7.5 million people globally who watched online. The interest shows not only respect for the Prince, but the importance of ceremony in our lives. Ceremonies…

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A PhD graduate

Revoking A Recognition

By Correct On Campus / February 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Revoking A Recognition

Revoking an honorary degree is a very serious and highly unusual occurrence but that is exactly what Middlebury College, an elite private school in Vermont, did in January. Rudy Giuliani, the college’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient in 2005 was presented the honor for his leadership as mayor of New York City after the…

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A silver trophy

The Mace Was Missed

By Correct On Campus / January 25, 2021 / Comments Off on The Mace Was Missed

Eagle-eyed ceremony planners no doubt noticed a traditional symbol was missing from the platform at President Biden’s inauguration. The Mace of the Republic which symbolizes the authority of the House of Representatives was not present. On a typical inauguration day, the House of Representatives goes into session, then recesses to walk as a group to…

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Graduation ceremony

Hybrid Commencement Needs Essentials

By Correct On Campus / September 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Hybrid Commencement Needs Essentials

Hastily conceived hybrid commencement ceremonies were implemented by most schools last spring as the pandemic was building at the precise time spring exercises were about to happen. Many schools promised graduates that later in the summer, or perhaps this fall, they could return to campus to walk in a traditional ceremony. Some schools mailed diplomas…

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A happy audience

Experience A Better Employee Awards Ceremony

By Correct On Campus / February 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Experience A Better Employee Awards Ceremony

Spring semester often includes employee recognition events honoring years of service which means people are given thank-you gifts of ad specialty products ranging from coffee mugs to key rings to cheap watches. This year, supplies may be disrupted because coronavirus has idled factories in China, the place where many logoed tchotchkes originate.  The cut-off of…

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A happy graduating student

Commencement is the Happiest of Days!

By Correct On Campus / May 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Commencement is the Happiest of Days!

I love the peace of campus the Monday after commencement. Everything is quiet, no traffic, no parking challenges, no stressed-out students rushing from place-to-place. Faculty are gone and those of us involved in commencement can enjoy a long, quiet cup of coffee at our desk for the first time in weeks. Campus has the feeling…

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A set of books about events

Books for Campus Events Planners

By Correct On Campus / March 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Books for Campus Events Planners

  I’m proud to announce that updated editions of two of my most popular books, Special Events Planning for Success, 3rdedition, and Etiquette and Protocol A Guide for Campus Events, 2ndedition, are now available from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Both have been extensively updated to reflect our current societal norms including everything from…

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NAACO 2019 Conference logo

Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

By Correct On Campus / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

The annual meeting of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) just wrapped up. It was three days of shared ideas, access to resources, and making connections with other people who do the same work. We heard from subject matter experts, swapped ideas, told war stories, learned about best-practices, and participated in provocative, motivating…

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A carriage with the king and queen

Ceremonies Connect Past, Envision Future

By Correct On Campus / May 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Ceremonies Connect Past, Envision Future

For a person who plans ceremonies, there is nothing to compare with a royal wedding! On Saturday, I was up early, fixed a pot of tea with fresh scones, strawberry jam and whipped cream (the closest I could get to clotted cream in northern Alabama) and glued myself to my computer to soak in every…

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