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Commencement Day

*There will be no rehearsal. Please arrive in the Armory by 6:45 p.m. ET for the first division, 8:15 a.m. ET for the second and fourth divisions, and 1:15 p.m. ET for the third and fifth divisions!

Armory Instructions

As a candidate, you must arrive at the Armory wearing your cap and gown by 6:45 p.m. ET for the first division, 8:15 a.m. ET for the second and fourth divisions, and 1:15 p.m. ET for the third and fifth divisions, in order to assemble in your alphabetical place within your degree group and to receive final instructions.  Undergraduate candidates will receive an orator card when they check in.  Without this card, the candidates' name will not be announced as they walk across the stage.  Candidates MUST be in alphabetical order within their degree group, and remain in this order.  Undergraduate tassels should be worn on the right of the cap and graduate tassels should be worn on the left.  Candidates must remain in alphabetical order in the procession to receive personal recognition on stage during the ceremony.

Procession Instructions

The procession will begin approximately 40 minutes prior to the stated start time of the ceremony.  If an emergency causes you to arrive after the start of the academic procession, DO NOT enter the procession line.  Instead, report to the Elliott Hall of Music, Aisle 5, where an usher will seat you with your degree group. 

 Commencement Processional Route for May & August
Image of the May and August Prosessional Route

Commencement Processional Alternate Route for 
December & Rain/Inclement Weather
Image of the Alternate Rou8te for December & Rain/Inclement Weather

Conferring of Degrees

The doctor's degree (Ph.D., Aud. D., D.N.P., D.P., and D.V.M.) is conferred with the candidates standing at their seats.  At the signal, the candidates follow their marshal to the stage.  The marshal removes the hood from the candidate's left arm and the dean or major professor performs the hooding ceremony.  The president presents the diploma.  The candidate then returns to his/her seat and is seated.

The master's degree and the educational specialist degree are conferred with the candidates standing at their seats.  At the signal, they follow their marshal to the stage.  The president presents the diploma.  The candidate then returns to his/her seat and is seated.

When the baccalaureate and associate degrees are conferred, the candidates in each college/school are asked to rise and stand at their seats while they are presented to the president.  They remain standing until all baccalaureate and associate candidates have been presented.  The president then confers the degrees and the entire group is seated.  At the signal, they follow their marshal to the stage where they receive their diploma cover.  The second row of graduates rises and follows the first row, and so on.  After receiving their diploma cover, graduates move to the front and center of the stage and descend the steps in the direction of their section, return to their seats, and are seated.

Diplomas

Candidates who participate in the May commencement exercises will receive their diploma covers and hear their names announced as they walk across the stage.  If requirements are complete at the time of commencement, their diploma will be inside the diploma cover.

Diplomas for all candidates who do not attend commencement will be mailed to the graduate's "Diploma" address and/or "Permanent" address approximately four to six weeks after the May ceremonies conclude.  To ensure the correct mailing address for your diploma, please indicate your diploma address on the Graduation Tab under Diploma Mailing Address.