Commencement Weekend
May 8 - 10, 2015

Commencement Instructions

When and where to line up

Degree candidates assemble no later than 8:15 a.m. on the patio between Tyler's Taproom and the Crowe Lobby. Late arrivals will not be able to march with fellow graduates. 

Specific details for where to park and how to access the line-up area will be posted here in mid March.

Processional instructions

At 9 a.m., the degree lines will begin to move east down Jackie Robinson Drive. Students should remain standing until the members of the platform party are seated after the National Anthem and the Invocation.

What not to bring

No food, drink (other than water), smoking or chewing gum allowed in the line-up area. Backpacks and oversized purses that do not fit underneath gowns will be confiscated and held until the end of the ceremony.

Spiked heels are prohibited.

What to wear

Candidates for degrees should dress in academic apparel (cap, gown and hood). Academic caps are worn during the procession. Men remove their caps for the National Anthem and the Invocation and replace them for the conferring of degrees. Women keep their caps in place during the entire ceremony. The tassel of the academic cap is worn always on the left and front side. Please note low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the procession.

Recessional Instructions

When the ceremony is concluded and members of the faculty and administration have departed, graduates will recess from the seating area via the warning track and marked pathways. Graduates are then free to proceed to the locations where diplomas are to be distributed.