Resolution on Faculty Role in Commencement
Resolved that: The Academic Senate of Sonoma State University, assert that the faculty has primary authority over the structure and content of Commencement and urge and expect all Commencement ceremonies to retain a strong and meaningful sponsorship by faculty in collaboration with staff, administration, and student leadership, in an effort to celebrate the relationships graduates have with them. To achieve this goal, roles filled by faculty members, in all ceremonies, should include, but are not limited to, the Mace Bearer leading the procession, the Grand Marshall and Master of Ceremonies, and the presentation of candidates in recognition of faculty certification of academic achievement. Further roles can, and should, include the following positions, and those of similar importance: speakers, announcers, marshals, banner carriers, name readers, degree folder distributors, and hand shakers.
Resolved that: The Academic Senate will strongly encourage faculty and staff participation in the ceremonies to help fill these roles and to appropriately honor our graduates.
Resolved that: That this resolution be distributed to the President, Provost and all faculty at Sonoma State University.
Approved by the Senate