Elon's 123rd Commencement for undergraduate students will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 Under the Oaks, 9:15 a.m. Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony.
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Elon University will make every attempt to hold undergraduate Commencement exercises Under the Oaks on Saturday, May 25 at 9:15 a.m. When Commencement exercises are held Under the Oaks, there is no limit to the number of guests who may attend and tickets are not required. If the weather forecast for Saturday predicts rain that will clear during the morning hours, the university may delay the start of the outdoor ceremony until 10:30 a.m.
If weather conditions do not improve, Commencement exercises will be moved to Alumni Gym in Koury Athletic Center. Tickets are required for the indoor (rain) ceremony. Graduates may pick up two rain tickets in Alamance 109 (Office of Student Life) beginning May 6. It is the responsibility of each graduate to give the tickets to those who will use them on May 25.
... that our Commencement gowns are made from recycled plastic bottles? As part of the university’s sustainability commitment, a new line of Commencement apparel made from recycled plastic bottles was introduced in 2012. Each gown is made from about 23 plastic bottles by a Virginia-based company, Oak Hall Cap & Gown. The company notes on its website that with 60 million plastic bottles going into landfills every day, the gowns offer universities “a chance to turn trash into keepsakes.”
The gown uses a “tag less” size label printed with soy ink and the cap contains recycled cardboard. The only parts of the regalia not currently made from recycled materials are the zipper and the tack that holds the cap button in place. According to Oak Hall, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by nearly 55 percent in manufacturing the gown fabric from recycled plastic rather than virgin polyester, and petroleum use is cut by 52 percent through thermal recycled energy.