Commencement Weekend
May 12 - 14, 2017

Student Instructions

When and Where to Line Up

Please assemble no later than 8:15 a.m. in Pascal Field House, located behind the scoreboard at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Students should line up double file according to their school and degree. Marshals will be available to assist you. Please note: Late arrivals may not be able to march with fellow graduates. 

What Not to Bring

No food, drink (other than water), or chewing gum is allowed on the practice field or in the stadium. Smoking is not permitted.
Backpacks and/or large bags will be confiscated.  
Do not wear spiked heels. Only low heels, flats, and/or wedges will be permitted on the field.

How to Access the Pascal Field House

Outside the Stadium:

  • On East side: Follow designated pathways from the Blue Zone 7 Lot around Brooks Field House to Pascal Field House. 
  • On West side: Use the ADA pathway from the Grounds Parking Lot into Pascal Field House. 

Inside the Stadium:

  • The only access from inside the stadium is via the stairs and/or elevator at the southwest end of the concourse. Students entering the stadium from the North gate should turn right once inside and follow the concourse to the end. The stairs and elevator will lead to field level.
  • Students should not try to enter the stadium through the East and West gates to get to Pascal but instead should find the appropriate pathway outside the stadium.

Instructions for the Line of March

Promptly at 8:50 a.m., the candidates, in two degree columns, will begin to move into the stadium to a designated point on the field. Trinity candidates will enter on the west side and all other degree candidates on the east side. At 9:00 a.m., students will begin to march double file in a straight line along the marked path to the back of the student seating. Each line will make a 45 degree turn into the closest aisle of seating. The lines divide left and right into the chairs as instructed by the marshals. Students who wish to sit together should line up behind each other for the march.

When you reach the row to which you are directed, please walk to the end of the aisle quickly to find a seat. There will be a stack of programs on the end seat of each row and the candidate occupying that seat should pass the stack of programs to the rest of the row. Students should remain standing until the Platform Party is seated after the National Anthem and the Invocation.

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 will keep their caps in place during the entire commencement ceremony. The tassel of the academic cap is worn always on the left front side. As a reminder, spiked heels will not be allowed. Only low heels, flats, and/or wedges are appropriate for walking on the field. 

After the Ceremony

When the ceremony has concluded and the Platform Party and members of the faculty and administration have departed, graduates are then free to proceed to the locations of their diploma ceremonies. Graduates should leave Brooks Field via the stadium steps.