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 12, 2018.

Graduation Center Pick-Up Procedures For Academic Regalia
Anyone who has not picked up pre-ordered caps and gowns may do so beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Office of the Registrar located at the Student Services building.

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 9, 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 at 7:45 a.m. SHARP, on Saturday, May 12th for the assembly and procession to the staging area.

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.