Ceremony Participation Instructions


Directions for Undergraduate Commencement

All candidates will line up in the garage located under the Convocation Center.  Please report to your college table to receive a name card.  Once candidates have their name cards, they will form a single line behind the appropriate sign.

At the appropriate time, each line will be led into the arena by a marshal. Please move quickly and quietly and sit where directed. Following the processional and the singing of the National Anthem, the ceremony will be convened. Greetings will be extended by key class student leaders and a representative from the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The commencement speaker will follow, after which everyone will rise for the singing of the Alma Mater.

All recipients of associate’s and bachelor’s degrees will be introduced for conferral by Provost Pam Benoit. Once degrees have been conferred by the President of the University, academic Deans will ask for their colleges to rise and proceed to the platform under the direction of the marshal. Candidates will be led in two separate lines to two sets of stairs in front of the stage area. As each candidate approaches the stairs, he/she will hand his/her name card to a READER.

Candidates will proceed immediately up the stairs to be greeted by the academic Dean or designated assistant of their college and immediately proceed down the ramp to their left or to their right, where upon each candidate will be handed a Commencement folder as they exit the arena. Graduates will not be returning to their seats. Please be as quiet as possible during this process so that each and every name that is read can be heard by family and friends.