Staff members encouraged to get into the spirit… and robes… for Installation

The campus committee planning the Installation of Gary L. Miller as UW-Green Bay’s sixth chancellor is issuing a call to formally involve as many staff and faculty members as possible in the ceremonial aspects of the event scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov 14 at the Weidner Center. They are encouraging interested staff members to sign up this week for free use of regalia. The participation will involve processing in cap and gown as part of the large group that will be seated in the first few rows (not as part of the platform party on stage), and then recessing out after the hour-long ceremony is concluded. The committee discussed and acknowledged the fact that while faculty members have traditionally robed up and turned out in good numbers for commencement, for example, relatively few staff members march in those ceremonies. It is hoped that the offer of complimentary use of ‘rented’ regalia for the occasion of Installation will allow more people to participate. Employees in both the Academic Staff and University Staff categories are invited to participate. The deadline is this Friday (Oct. 10) to reserve your cap, gown, hood, etc.  Reservations can be made at the Phoenix Bookstore or online at

According to tradition, you’ll represent your alma mater
For those who choose to don regalia and march in the processional, you’ll be asked to identify your alma mater via online registration, which will go live later this week. (For those with degrees from more than one institution, it’s personal preference on which school to list.) The order of the lineup for the processional is based on the age of your alma mater. Harvard proclaims itself to have been founded in 1636, so any graduates of The Crimson march first, presumably followed a good distance behind by, say, alumni of the University of California-Merced (2005) bringing up the end of the line. An email invitation to the Nov. 14 Installation, inviting your participation in the Weidner Center, whether as marcher or spectator, will be distributed campuswide Wednesday.

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