Resident Roundup: Your Guide to Winter Break and Beyond
To better prepare for your student’s arrival home for the holidays, Campus Residences has compiled a list of tips to ensure a seamless transition:
Plan now for the end of the semester
The residence halls close for Winter Break at 10 pm, December 21, 2016. All residents who are not remaining on campus for Winter Session must vacate their residence hall 24 hours after their last final exam ends or 10 pm, December 21 2016 – whichever occurs sooner.
Residents do not need to move all of their personal belongings out of their room for Winter Session (unless they are not planning to return to housing for the Spring 2017 semester), but they are required to unplug all electrical items, remove perishable food items from their room (including the refrigerator), and are strongly encouraged to take all valuables home with them for the recess period.
Please mark the date!
The residence halls reopen for the Spring 2017 semester on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Any request for access to campus housing prior to that date, requires a winter housing application and an additional housing fee.
Taking a winter class or working on campus? Consider applying for Winter Session Housing
Winter Session Housing is available in all residence halls for any current resident student who needs to reside on campus during all (or part) of the Winter Session period (December 21, 2016 – January 22, 2017). To be eligible for winter housing, a student must currently live in one of our residence halls and be planning to return to housing for the Spring 2017 semester.
Individuals who require Winter Session Housing can submit an application on the housing portal by December 9, 2016. Billing is based on the daily rate for the type of space the student is assigned to and begins upon return to campus.
Room Selection (Contract Renewal) begins in early Spring 2017
Current residents who plan to return to housing for the 2017-2018 academic year must participate in Room Selection (Contract Renewal). Room Selection begins in late February 2017 and runs through early April 2017. Residents who miss the room selection process will not receive housing for the 2017-2018 academic year. More detailed information to follow in early February 2017.
Your Guide to December Commencement!
Commencement is a special time for you and your graduate. After years of hard work the time has come for your student to accept their diploma before friends and family! Here are some tips for making the most of this memorable day:
Help Your Graduate Stay on Track
Make sure your student registers to attend the graduation ceremony by December 4th. All students planning to attend the ceremony must submit this form to obtain tickets. Your student can complete the Ceremony Registration form via their SOLAR account.
On December 8th, registered candidates will receive an e-mail invitation with instructions on how to access tickets. All registered candidates will receive (1) candidate ticket and (3) guest tickets for the ceremony.
Encourage your student to visit the commencement website for more information!
We highly suggest you confirm your lodging accommodations now, since rooms fill quickly. For lodging information, visit the commencement website.
Save the Date!
December Commencement Ceremony will take place in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena: 11:00 AM. Candidates must check in at 10:00 AM in Pritchard Gym. Arena doors will open at 10:00 AM for all ticketed guests.
Consider Day of Logistics
Thousands of people attend graduation every year, so be sure to arrive early to ensure a parking spot. The ceremony will last approximately two hours and is held rain or shine; please make sure to dress appropriately. And don’t forget: we’ll have professional photographers on-hand taking pictures of graduates as they receive their diploma. Feel free to take photos, but be mindful of other guests.
If you would like to speak to a representative in regards to other Commencement related questions, please contact:
Conferences & Special Events