Graduation 2014 -
Student Marching Instructions

Watch live broadcastAs you approach Commencement Day, we want to share some information that will help you know what to expect on that day. Because there is no actual rehearsal for Commencement, we hope the following information will be helpful. If you have questions after having read these instructions, please call the Office of Academic Affairs at ext. 5051.

ATTENDANCE AT COMMENCEMENT IS REQUIRED unless you have requested in writing to graduate in absentia and have been granted permission in writing by the vice president and dean for academic affairs prior to Commencement.

Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you have a name that is difficult or distinctive. The dean wants to pronounce your name correctly, so please call OAA (x5051) to tell us the correct pronunciation. If you do not contact OAA, we will assume you are willing to trust us to figure it out.

Baccalaureate

Sunday, May 18, Professor Jeff Beer and Dr. Heather Schilling will meet with graduates at 10:15 a.m. in Wampler Auditorium to give instructions, answer questions, and help prepare for the processional to the Baccalaureate service in Cordier Auditorium. In case of rain, graduates will meet in the basement of Cordier Auditorium before Baccalaureate.

In the Baccalaureate service, men remove their caps at the beginning of the service and replace them after the benediction. Women may remove their caps at the same time or keep them on through the service.

Commencement

To prepare for the processional for the Commencement ceremony, graduates will meet at 1:45 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium with student marshals, Professor Jeff Beer and Dr. Heather Schilling. To facilitate the lining-up process, seats in Cordier will be labeled with graduates names alphabetically by degree earned. If it is raining, meet in the PERC Auxiliary gym.

During the Commencement ceremony, men remove caps only during the invocation, the singing of the University song, and the benediction. Women may keep their caps on through the service or remove them during the invocation, University song, and benediction.

Commencement Processional

You will march from Cordier Auditorium to the PERC in the order listed below:

1. Master of Education candidates, alphabetically

2. Master of Athletic Training candidates, alphabetically

3. Bachelor of Arts candidates, alphabetically.

4. Bachelor of Science candidates, alphabetically.

5. Associate of Arts candidates, alphabetically.

  • Once outside of Cordier, the student marshals will place you in double-file. When walking double-file, the person on the left is ahead, alphabetically, of the person on the right.
  • In the PERC arena, watch the usher when filing to your seat; you may be the first to start a new row. The usher will do the counting.

Commencement Ceremony

During the Commencement ceremony, men remove caps only during the invocation, the singing of the University song, and the benediction. Women may keep their caps on through the service or remove them during the invocation, University song, and benediction.

Groups will come to the platform to receive the diploma in reverse order to that in the academic procession as listed above. This will happen on instructions from the platform as follows:

A. Associate of Arts Candidates

1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Sharfman says, "Will the candidates for the degree Associate of Arts please rise?"

2. Candidates will walk to the podium steps when Dr. Sharfman says, "We invite the candidates for this degree to come to the platform to receive diplomas."

B. Bachelor of Science Candidates

1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Sharfman says, "Will the candidates for the degree Bachelor of Science please rise?" The B.S. candidates graduating with honors will rise along with this group.

2. Because of the large number of candidates for the B.S. degree, they will come to the platform row by row. Candidates seated in the first row only will walk to the podium steps when Dr. Sharfman says, "Will the candidates for this degree please come to the platform?" All other B.S. candidates, including B.S. candidates graduating with honors, will be seated. B.S. candidates in the second row and each row thereafter should watch the usher at the end of the row for the cue to stand and come to the platform.

C. Bachelor of Arts Candidates

1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Sharfman says, "Will the candidates for the degree Bachelor of Arts please rise?" B.A. candidates graduating with honors will rise along with this group.

2. Candidates seated in the first row only will walk to the podium steps when Dr. Sharfman says, "Will the candidates for this degree please come to the platform?" All other B.A. candidates, including B.A. candidates graduating with honors, will be seated. B.A. candidates in the second and each row thereafter should watch the usher at the end of the row for the cue to stand and come to the platform.

D. Bachelor's Degree Candidates Completing the Honors Diploma

1. Those graduates who have completed the honors diploma will stand and be recognized upon instructions from Dr. Sharfman.

2. These graduates will then be seated.

E. Master of Athletic Training Candidates

1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Sharfman says, “Will the candidates for the degree of Master of Athletic Training please rise?”

2. Candidates will walk to the podium steps when Dr. Sharfman says, "We invite the candidates for this degree to come to the platform to receive diplomas."

F. Master of Education Candidates

1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Sharfman says, “Will the candidates for the degree of Master of Education please rise?”

2. Candidates will walk to the podium steps when Dr. Sharfman says, "We invite the candidates for this degree to come to the platform to receive diplomas."

All Candidates Please Note:

A. The first candidate to receive a degree should be standing on the top step (the stage) before his or her name is read and should move forward only if the name read is hers or his. That way Dr. Sharfman knows to add "in absentia" after the name if no one moves forward. If the candidate is not on the top step, Dr. Sharfman cannot be sure whether the candidate is moving forward to accept the diploma or is moving up the steps to get into position. Remember, the first candidate should be standing on the top step (the stage) when the first name is read. As soon as that candidate moves forward, the next candidate should take his or her place at the edge of the stage and others behind move up one step.

B. When graduates return to their seats after having received the diploma, they may turn the tassel from right to left to signify their graduation and be seated.

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