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Style Guide: Academic Ceremonies


Major College ceremonies, events and named activities are capitalized.

  • Commencement (do not refer to the June ceremony as graduation)
    • Convocation (held in September to open the academic year)
  • Founders Day (note punctuation, held in February)
  • ReUnion ’11
  • Parent and Family Weekend
  • Springfest

But the same words are lowercase when they refer not to one specific event but to such events as general occurrences:

  • Successful reunions depend on alumni loyalty.
  • Old-fashioned homecomings are popular.