There will be no formal rehearsal. Information regarding meeting with readers will
be announced soon.
The program will be a combination of video recordings and a live address from President
Oldham. Once the program is completed, the graduates will then walk across the stage.
Graduates need to arrive at least an hour early before your ceremony. Go to the Academic Wellness Center east gym to get your name
card then proceed to the floor to be seated.
Name Card Pick Up
Name cards will be located in the east gym of the Academic Wellness Center. All graduates
should proceed directly to the name card table through the pool entrance.
After receiving your name card, you will be directed to a seat in the Hooper Eblen
Center. Specific seats will not be assigned, and graduates can sit in any seat within
the area designated for their college. Please be seated at least 20 minutes before
your ceremony is scheduled to begin. All graduate students sit with the College of
Because of circumstances which require that the list of names be furnished to the
printer in final form approximately seven days prior to Commencement, it is possible
that one or more of the candidates listed may have been unable to complete all requirements
for the degree or may have elected voluntarily to register for additional work and
to graduate at a subsequent ceremony. The change does not necessarily imply that a
student has failed nor does it commit the university to grant a diploma to a person
thus listed in error. Also, students listed with one or more honors distinctions are
candidates for the honor(s) at the time the program is provided to the printer and
may not complete the requirements to be awarded the distinction.
Once the program is available, it can be downloaded from the main page.
Walking Across the Stage
You will be directed when to stand and walk to the stage. You will give your name
card to an usher on the ramp and proceed across the stage as your name is read. You
will stand on the marked spot for your photo. Then you will pick up your diploma cover,
and as you exit the stage, you will have another photo taken.
Information for PhD candidates
Ph.D. candidates will be hooded on the platform and will be assisted by their advisors
and deans. Advisors who will be hooding students will sit on the floor beside students.
It's encouraged to contact your advisor beforehand to get an idea where to meet.
Advisors and students can meet at the name card table. We encourage each advisor and
Ph.D. candidate to communicate with each other prior to the ceremony to coordinate
their plans. Ph.D. candidates and advisors will be a part of the processional, please
meet in the tunnel 20 minutes prior to the start of ceremony.
Once you receive your diploma, please return to your seat and wait for the recessional.