Protocol for Commencement & Additional Commencement Information

(All Graduates & Participants)

Commencement is a distinguished ceremony, and all participants must act accordingly.  It is very important for everyone to have an enjoyable, safe graduation ceremony. Please be mindful of the following:

  • Please arrive on time!
  • Graduates and Participants are expected in Dudley Hall no later than 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018. Commencement will begin promptly at 11 a.m.
  • Late arrivals will not be able to sit with their major – late arrivals will be escorted and are to fall in at the end of the line
  • Faculty members are expected to arrive at Humphreys Hall by 9:30 a.m.
  • All Graduates and Participants must wear full Commencement Regalia
  • Sneakers will not be allowed, they are not a part of the Academic Regalia
  • Please do not bring purses or cameras or other items; you are to carry only your hood to your seat
  • Commencement Programs will be on your seats
  • Please prepare to be seated for approximately one (1) hour for the duration of the ceremony
  • The Official Line up: Grand Marshal; President; Dais Guests; Class of 1968; Faculty; Graduate Students; Undergraduates
  • Orderly conduct is a must! Please stay in the designated areas and obey Public
  • Safety Officers and ushers at all times
  • Student and guest parking is available in the Airport Parking Lot (E) and the upper parking lots A & B (Near Wade Wilson)
  • Disability access: There will be two shuttle vans that will transport disabled guests from parking lots B and E to and from the Commencement Ceremony. Shuttle arrival and departure times will be announced closer to Commencement Day.
  • The parking lot at Biddle Hall is by permit only
  • No beverages or illegal substances are permitted on the campus
  • Please keep all children out of the graduate line-up and off the stage
  • Pictures will be taken as you receive your degree from the President