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Information for Graduates

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Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns may be picked up during the Grad Fair of your final semester. Grad Fair is an event where graduating seniors pick up their cap and gown, order announcements, class rings and more. The cost of the cap and gown is included in the General Access fee paid each semester. There is no charge to pick up your cap and gown. If you cannot attend Grad Fair caps and gowns will be available in the University Bookstore the Monday after Grad Fair. Please contact the Bookstore for your Grad Fair dates, 931-372-3131. For the cost of shipping and handling, you may have your cap & gown shipped to you. Please click on the “Order Regalia” button below. Orders ship directly from the vendor, Oak Hall. Please make sure to place your order at least 2 weeks prior to your graduation date. 

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Attendance

Participation in the ceremony does not confirm clearance for receipt of a diploma - do not cite participation as evidence of graduation. All candidates participating will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage and will receive their diploma in the mail after confirmation of graduation.

Participant Information

Rehearsal

There will be no formal rehearsal, however you may visit Tucker Stadium on Thursday, May 6, at 3:30 p.m. to meet with readers if you would like to discuss the pronunciation of your name. Please enter Gate 5.  

Confidentiality of Student Records

NOTE: To have your name appear in the printed Commencement Program, your online registration request must be submitted by the official submission deadline.

If a Nondisclosure of Directory Information request is on file, the University will not release the candidate’s name for any commencement publications that are made available to the public. This can include: proofs of gradation photos, hometown news releases, commencement program, etc. The candidate can request the removal of the nondisclosure request by logging into Eagle Online and removing the “Confidential Flag” on the student record. 

Arrival

Map of stadium with entrances marked.Graduates will enter Tucker Stadium at Gates 1 and 12.

Name cards will be located at the northeast corner of field under a tent near Gate 12. All graduates should proceed directly to the name card tent after entering the stadium.  This table will open at 7:30. Please arrive between 7:30 and 8:30 to receive your card for the 9 a.m. ceremony and between 12:30 and 1:30 for the 2 p.m. ceremony. 

We encourage you to wear a disposable face mask to the ceremony. You will receive a Tech Strong mask when you receive your name card. Please wear the mask when on your feet, walking or standing in line. You may take your mask off while you are seated, and you will be able to have a photo opportunity without a mask.  

Graduates may take their seats as soon as they have their name cards. A name card is required to walk across the stage, so don’t sit down without one.  

Special Facilities

Any candidate requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact the  Accessible Education Center at 931-372-6119.

Questions concerning disabled parking areas may be directed to the University Police at 931-372-3234.

Name Card Pick Up

Name cards will be located at the northeast corner of field under a tent near Gate 12. All graduates should proceed directly to the name card tent after entering the stadium.  

After receiving your name card, you will be directed to a seat. 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. 

Program

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.

» Download Spring 2021 Commencement Program (PDF)

Photographs

GradImages is the official photographer for Tech's graduation ceremony. Following commencement, your photos will be available to view and order by visiting the website at www.gradimages.com.

To ensure you receive your photo proofs, please register at gradimages.com/registration.

On the GradImages website, simply enter your Last Name, your School Name, and select your graduation year from the drop down menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net. 

If a Nondisclosure of Directory Information request is on file, the University will not release the candidate’s name for any commencement publications that are made available to the public. This can include: proofs of gradation photos, hometown news releases, commencement program, etc. The candidate can request the removal of the nondisclosure request by logging into Eagle Online and removing the “Confidential Flag” on the student record. 

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. You will turn toward the audience, take your mask off if you like, smile, give a Wings Up, and have your photo made. 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 field beside students.   

Advisors and students meet at name card table. We encourage each advisor and Ph.D. candidate to communicate with each other prior to the ceremony to coordinate their plans.  

Exiting

After you walk across the stage, you will exit toward a photo opportunity. After the photo, graduates will exit Gate 5 to meet their family and friends. Graduates will not return to their seats and there is no recessional.  

Student Participation

Confirmation of participation is required in order to participate in the ceremonies. Registration for Spring 2021 closes Apr. 19

Registration closed. 

Guest Arrival Information

Please enter through gates 5 and 7. Guests may enter no earlier than one hour before the ceremony. Face coverings must be worn.

Guest Seating

Guests are asked to practice social distancing and seating will be available in every other row. Please respect others and the arrangements provided.

Health and Safety

  • Face coverings are recommended when standing in line or moving around the stadium. Ushers will have disposable masks for guests who do not arrive with one.

  • Seating for graduates has been reconfigured to allow distancing. (Students enter gates 1 and 12).

  • Guests, please allow for social distancing in the stands. (Guests do not need tickets).

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to seating sections.

  • Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing other COVID-19 symptoms.

Dress Code

  • Men: Slacks (no jeans or shorts), shirt, and comfortable dress shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes).

  • Women: Dresses or skirts, slacks, or capri pants (no jeans or shorts), and comfortable dress shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops).

There will be no place to store personal belongings during the ceremony, so please leave those with family members. Keep in mind that you will be standing for quite a while so choose clothing and shoes for comfort.

Behavior

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol is subject to being removed from the line.

  • Use of cell phones during ceremony is prohibited.

  • Use of air horns and other such devices is prohibited and those devices will be confiscated.

Streaming

Each ceremony will be live streamed. The link will be available here.

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