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Ceremony Instructions for Undergraduate Students

Prior to the Ceremony

  • On Friday, May 16, students are strongly encouraged to attend rehearsal.  
  • Make sure that your guests have their tickets (one per two guests, will be scanned at the door). If you have more than eight guests, direct all non-ticket holders to the overflow seating.
  • Make sure you have your cap, gown and tassel.
  • Leave all personal belongings with your family or friends.

Arrive on Campus/Stadium Complex

  • Arrive at the Stadium Complex one and a half hours prior to your ceremony.
    Arrive at 8 a.m. for Ceremony A (9:30 a.m.)
    Arrive at 1 p.m. for Ceremony B (2:30 p.m.)
  • Check in with staff and receive your name card. You will provide this card to the name reader as you enter the stage. Provide an phonetic pronunciation and your email address on the card, as instructed when you receive it.
  • Remain in the tented area and line up with your friends for the ceremony. We do not place students in alpha order or by degree, school or major. All student names will be read in the order they appear on stage when you hand the name reader your card. Specific instructions on lining up will be provided at rehearsal on Friday, May 16. Student line marshals will be available for assistance near the line numbers.

Ceremony Processional

  • At approximately 9:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., student line marshals will begin to lead the students. The processional begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Students will follow the faculty.  
  • The marshals will turn to face you and guide you into the bleacher rows. Please follow all instructions of the marshals. Programs will be available at your seats.
  • Please do not sit until directed by the administrator on stage. The Platform Party is the last group to enter.  


  • Students graduating with honors will be acknowledged by group — cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Summa cum laude students will also be acknowledged when they cross the stage. 
  • All students will be conferred their degree by school.
  • Following the conferral, students will be escorted to the stage where their name will be read, along with their special person. Students graduating summa cum laude and or from an international country will also be acknowledged at this time. 
  • Two photographs of each student will be taken of students on the stage. A third photograph will be taken of the student with their diploma cover on the "off ramp." Photography of all students is provided by GradImages. Images will be sent to students following the ceremony.
  • You will be then directed to your seat by faculty and student line marshals.

Recessional (Exiting the Ceremony)

  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, the platform party and faculty will exit first. Students may then exit to the concourse of the stadium or another agreed-upon location to meet up with their guests.