All prospective graduating candidates are personally responsible for completing all general University, major department, academic and financial requirements. Please note: neither receipt of the Dear Degree Candidate letter, official announcements, participation in the Commencement Exercises, nor the appearance of a name in the printed program will be considered as conclusive evidence of graduation on May 13, 2017.

Each prospective graduating candidate will receive eight (8) reserved seating tickets.

Academic Regalia
The academic costume consists of a cap, gown, hood, tassel, and black shoes.
The cap is an essential part of the academic costume and is to be retained on the head throughout the academic exercises, except during prayer and the singing of the Alma Mater. In particular, the cap is not to be removed at any point during the Conferring of Degrees. The hood is not to be worn until the actual Conferring of Degrees by the President of the University.

Order & Purchase Of Academic Regalia
All academic costumes for prospective graduates are acquired at the main campus bookstore.
Each candidate must complete all academic and financial requirements and obtain the official University clearance before receiving the academic costume. Candidates may receive additional instruction via the main campus bookstore.

Important: to assure receipt of a properly fitting academic costume, you should know your head or hat size, and your height and weight.

Graduation Center Pick-Up Procedures For Academic Regalia
The bookstore will host the Graduation Fair. Graduates must present a valid ID before payment and receipt of caps and gowns. Details about the fair will be posted on the bookstore website.

Clearance For Graduation
Clearance for graduation is the process indicating official compliance with the academic and financial requirements established by the University. Each candidate is personally responsible for obtaining academic and financial clearance for graduation. You’ll need to obtain signatures from the following offices:

  • Department Dean
  • Office of Financial Aid
  • Placement Office
  • Business Office
  • Alumni Affairs Office

Only candidates with official University clearance by both the respective School or College and the Office of Student Financial Services will be approved to receive their academic costume and to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement Rehearsal
A commencement rehearsal will be held Wednesday, May 10, in Multipurpose Arena and Wellness Center, beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. All degree candidates and all marshals for the divisions of the University must attend. Important information is provided at this session regarding distribution of tickets, arrival instructions, information for guests, parking, and processional route, as well as any last minute updates of information pertaining to the Commencement ceremony.

Assembly of Degree Candidates
Degree candidates are expected to report to Smith Conference Center no earlier than 11:00 a.m., but not later than 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th for the assembly and procession to the staging area. The procession begins at 12:00 noon SHARP.

The University Marshal, with the assistance of the faculty, student, and staff marshals, will assemble the procession. Candidates will form in columns of two behind the markers designating their respective positions. On the signal from the University Marshal, the candidates will march to their assigned seats. Upon reaching the reserved seats, the candidates will remain standing, facing the rostrum, until the President of the University acknowledges the salute of the University Marshal, then all will sit simultaneously.

Conferring of Degrees
At the direction of the Dean of the School or College, the candidates will rise and face the rostrum, and remain standing at attention. The Dean then presents the Class to the President of the University. The President confers the degree, and the person at the graduate’s immediate left invests him/her with the hood. All graduates face forward, remain standing at attention, and await the signal of the Dean before sitting.