There will be no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Please read the following instructions carefully to fully understand the day’s agenda.
General Standards Regarding Academic Regalia
- The cap is worn straight, the shallower part in front.
- Degree candidates should wear their tassels over the
right side of the cap, above the right eye. Tassels will
be moved to the left side after candidates receive the
graduation charge from the president.
- Men should remove caps during the national anthem.
- Hoods should be draped over the left arm and
presented to the faculty for hooding.
If you ordered your cap and gown prior to the deadline, you should receive your apparel before commencement day.
To be comfortable, we suggest that you do not
wear a jacket underneath your gown. Women are
advised to leave purses with guests or at home.
Your academic apparel (cap, gown, tassel, and hood)
is yours to keep after the ceremony.
Robing & Assembly
All graduates must report to the upper level of Sewall
Center between 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 5 for robing and assembly.
Name Cards (Master’s Only)
Master’s degree candidates must pick up their name
cards in the assembly area. Your card designates your
particular school of study. Be sure to line up in the area
designated by your card.
Your card will be handed to the announcer so your
name may be pronounced accurately over the public
address system. Please keep the card easily accessible
for that purpose.
A faculty marshal will be present in each area to
assist the candidates and lead them in the procession
to their seating area.
Approximately 4-6 weeks after the ceremony, all May
2017 degree recipients will receive their diplomas via
Guests should go directly to Sewall Center Arena. Do not
accompany your graduate to the assembly area before or
after the ceremony. Guests may not approach the
stage to take photos or video while the ceremony
is in progress.
For families with young children:
Young children may become restless during the
ceremony. An overflow is located in the Pennsylvania Suite on the third floor
of Sewall Center. Children in this area must be
accompanied by an adult at all times. The ceremony
will be broadcast live in this room via closed-circuit TV.
Due to space limitations, strollers are not permitted
in the arena.
An additional overflow area will be available in Joe Walton Stadium Room 230.
Faculty should assemble in the second floor of Sewall
Center, adjacent to the locker rooms. If you are
participating in the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday,
please retain your regalia.