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Commencement Ceremony Information
There will be no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Please read the following instructions carefully to fully understand the day’s agenda.
Graduation Candidates

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.

Academic Apparel

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 Student Recreation Center between 1:00pm on Thursday, May 3 for robing and assembly.

SCIS - report to the Women's Volleyball area

SESS - report to the Women's Basketball area

SNHS - report to the Men's Basketball area

Diploma Distribution

Approximately 4-6 weeks after the ceremony, all May 2018 degree recipients will receive their diplomas via U.S. mail.


Guests should go directly to the Student Recreation Center.  Do not accompany your graduate to the assembly area before or after the ceremony.  Guests may not approach the stage or take photos or video while the ceremony in in progress.


Faculty should assemble in the locker room.