The information that follows is a
general explanation of procedures during normal
commencement ceremonies, year after year.
Number of Guests to Bring to the Ceremony
Graduates are usually allowed to bring only 5 guests to the ceremony. We do not foresee the requirement of tickets, but depending on the number of students who confirm their attendance (as Commencement nears) we may need to issue tickets. Please continue to check the Commencement webpage for updates.
Graduate Check-in Table (Assembly Time and Place)
Before graduates can start assembling in the Quad, they must stop at the Graduate Check-in Table for the following:
Pick up your Graduate Information Card if you attended rehearsal OR
Pick up an "I'm Transferring" button, if you are transferring to a university
Pick up a Commencement program
Have your cap and gown on before heading over to line up
Graduates will be asked to line up as they practiced in rehearsal. See layout of Quad for Line-up of Graduates. The earlier you arrive, the better seats you will get because graduates line up as they arrive, and there is no holding of spots once the rows start forming at around 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.
Make sure not to have any personal items on hand (i.e. purses, gown hanger, etc.). Any items you carry will need to be placed under your seat or on your lap during the ceremony. To prevent loss/misplacement of your items, make sure to give them to a family member before you line up.
Graduate Information Card
All graduates will get a Graduate Information Card which you will hand to the name reader at the podium as you begin to walk across the stage. This card will be handed out to graduates at the beginning of the morning Rehearsal. Your name will be read from this card—not from the program. This card will have some information pre-filled but you will need to fill out certain sections yourself. (See sample.) Do not include honors or other information as they will not be announced; honors are only printed on the program.
Students who cannot attend the Rehearsal must arrive early in the evening to fill out a card at the Check-In Table before going to line up.
Procession of Graduates
Graduates will process/march from the Quad and walk toward the Green Lawn in front of the 2000 Life Science Building. Two faculty members and the valedictory speaker(s) will lead the march.
After the ceremony, graduates will begin the recessional lead by the valedictory speaker down the Campus Mall to march in the middle of a corridor formed by the BOT members, faculty, administrators, and classified staff.
Guests must remain seated until all graduates have left their seats.