Faculty are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremonies and are encouraged to participate in the procession, wearing academic regalia. Your participation is meaningful and significant to your students and their guests. Midyear Commencement will take place on Saturday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Varsity Gymnasium at the Student Development Complex.
Faculty may order a cap, gown, and hood. Orders will be available for pickup from The Campus Bookstore during the two weeks prior to commencement. Payment is due at pickup. A late fee will be assessed if your order is placed after the due date. Please see The Campus Bookstore website for additional information.
Commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, December 15, at 1:30 p.m. We encourage your attendance, especially if this is the first time you will be participating in the ceremony. Please come to the Multipurpose Room in the SDC. We will coordinate the procession from the Multipurpose Room to the Varsity Gymnasium.
Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. No parking pass is required.
Please be in the Multipurpose Room no later than 9:45 a.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Please refer to the memo from Kelly Vizanko regarding where you may leave personal belongings.
At approximately 10:00 a.m., University Commencement Marshal, Dr. Mari Buche, will call all departmental faculty marshals to the center of the Multipurpose Room for a brief check-in to ensure each departmental faculty marshal is in attendance and to answer any questions.
An interactive seating chart may be found on the commencement website the week prior to the ceremony.
Order of Procession
Honor guard; University Commencement Marshal; Ph.D. Candidates and Advisors; Master's Candidates; ROTC; Undergraduate Students; Faculty/Research Staff; Platform Party
Presentation of Degrees
When called, Advisors will walk their Ph.D. candidates to the stage. Ph.D. candidates will carry their hoods and will hand them to the Advisor for the onstage hooding. Advisors will hood their graduate(s) with assistance from their respective dean. After the hooding, Ph.D. candidates will continue across the stage to receive their diploma from the University President. After the hooding, Advisors will return to their seat via the ramp behind the stairs used to approach the platform.
Departmental Marshals should remain seated with their degree candidates until their row is next in line to approach the platform. The Departmental Marshals will lead their degree candidates to the stage and remain at the stage entrance until all degree candidates have passed. Marshals may then return to their seat for the remainder of the ceremony.
Thank you for your participation in this celebration!