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Day of Graduation
Day of Graduation
Parking will be available throughout campus; earlier guests will be directed to park on lower campus. Limited reserved parking will be available for persons with disabilities. Please request assistance from the police officers covering the event to be directed to this area. Campus buses will run throughout the day to take guests to Haas Center for the Arts and return.
Guests with Disabilities
Guests with disabilities can park in limited reserved parking areas behind Bakeless Center and McCormick Center. Please ask the university police for assistance to be directed to this parking. Disabled guests and the elderly can be assisted to their seats by commencement staff. Limited seating will be available for guests in wheelchairs along with one additional attendee. Please allow time to be comfortably seated in this area. Interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired will be signing all ceremonies.
Student Instructions for the Ceremony
Although there is not a commencement dress code policy, it is suggested that men wear shirts with ties and dress pants and women wear dress clothes.
Each graduate must be attired in a black academic robe and matching cap with tassel (except those who choose to wear their military uniform). The robe should be pressed.
Graduates may either wear their robe and cap with tassel, or robe upon arrival. It is inappropriate to attach flowers, signs, or messages on the cap or gown. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head. The tassel should hang on the right side of the cap at the start of the program. Graduates who have received an honor cord/s should drape the cord/s around the neck and down the front of the gown.
Graduates, be sure to bring the color-coded name card. If the name card is forgotten, one can be made at the Graduation Information table, located in the back lobby of Haas Center for the Arts. Please write your name phonetically on the card if it is hard to pronounce.
If there is another student you would like to sit next to during the ceremony, that person should be behind you in line, not next to you. Approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony is to begin, a university marshal will announce that the colleges will be processing and lead the graduates in a double line to Mitrani Hall.
At the appropriate time in the ceremony, graduates will be directed by a university marshal where to stand and where to walk to the stage to receive the diploma cover (The actual diploma will be mailed after degrees are granted). When graduates proceed to the stage, the color-coded index card is handed to a faculty reader who will announce the name and honor distinction of the graduate if appropriate. Graduates will cross the stage, and receive congratulations from the college dean, the university president, and finally the Board of Trustees designee who will present the diploma cover. A photo will be taken behind the stage for each graduate. After exiting the stage, proceed back to the graduate seating area.
Members of the graduating class and audience who leave during the ceremony distract not only from other audience members but also the people on the stage and are discourteous to those participants who have not yet crossed the stage. The audience is expected to remain in place until the platform party and faculty leave the stage at the conclusion of the ceremony.
There will be university marshals and commencement staff available who will be directing students and assisting throughout the exercises. If a problem arises, speak with a marshal, commencement staff member, or university police for assistance.