The information that follows is a general explanation of graduation rehearseal procedures during normal commencement ceremonies, year after year.
The graduation rehearsal is always held on the morning of Commencement.
This year the rehearsal will take place:
Location: Usually in the Quad next to Bookstore. Then it will continue to the Library Plaza Green.
Not mandatory for those taking a final or working, yet STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all other graduates participating in the ceremony. Usually about 80% of graduates who participate in the ceremony attend the morning rehearsal.
Graduates will learn how they will line up in the evening and will practice the procession including walking across the stage to receive their diploma cover.
Graduates who attend the rehearsal must pick up their Graduate Information Card upon arrival at the check-in table. We will use this card to practice reading your name as you walk across the stage. We will hold on to the card and you will need to pick it up again from the check-in table in the evening.
The rehearsal usually takes about an 1.5-2 hours depending on how many graduates participate. We ask that graduates stay for the whole rehearsal to practice the ending, but we understand if you cannot stay for the entire rehearsal--even an hour is better than nothing.
Remember that you will likely not be seating on the same seat or row that you were on during the morning rehearsal as more student participate in the ceremony than in the rehearsal.
For those who are NOT able to attend the Graduation Rehearsal:
If you have to work or are taking a final exam and cannot attend the rehearsal, you can still participate in the ceremony.
All graduates MUST stop at the Graduate Check-In Table starting at 4:30 p.m. to pick up and fill out your Graduate Information card before heading over to line up. Please have your cap and gown on by the time you reach this table.
Don’t forget to have your Graduate Information Card with you because you will need to have it in your hand when you walk up to the stage.
Seating for graduates is NOT assigned or based on last names or majors; it is first-come, first-served. Some HEOC programs like Nursing, Psych Tech or Respiratory Therapy choose to line up together in 1-2 rows but this is optional. If you arrive early, you will get to select the available seats that could have you sitting in the front vs. the back rows. There is no saving of spots for friends once the countdown begins at around 5:30 p.m.