As you approach Commencement Day, we want to share some information that will help you know what to expect. Because there is no 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 Resources 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 for academic resources prior to Commencement.
Please contact the Office of Academic Resources if you have a name that is difficult or distinctive. The Vice president wants to pronounce your name correctly, so please call OAR (x5051) to tell us the correct pronunciation. If you do not contact OAR, we will assume you are willing to trust us to figure it out.
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.
Graduates will march from Cordier Auditorium to the PERC in the order listed below:
1. Bachelor of Arts candidates, alphabetically.
2. Bachelor of Science 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.
- If you will be starting a new row in the PERC arena you will receive a card on your seat in Cordier and special instructions from the Student Marshalls.
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 instruction from the platform as follows:
A. Bachelor of Science Candidates
1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Rospond 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. Rospond 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.
B. Bachelor of Arts Candidates
1. Candidates will rise when Dr. Rospond 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. Rospond 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.
C. Bachelor's Degree Candidates Graduating from the Honors Program
1. Those graduates who have completed the honors program will stand and be recognized upon instructions from Dr. Rospond.
2. These graduates will then be seated.
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. Rospond knows to add "in absentia" after the name if no one moves forward. If the candidate is not on the top step, Dr. Rospond 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.