In the Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC)
Graduates -- the lower level -- wearing tassel on the left.
* Robing areas will be locked and patrolled by Campus Safety or Facilities Services personnel during both Baccalaureate and Commencement.
IMPORTANT: High heels must not be worn on the ARC floor. Either wear low-heel shoes or carry your shoes and walk barefoot inside.
Platform party and Trustees -- the Dance Studio
Faculty and administrators -- the Performance Center
Please arrive at 9:00am in the ARC to be lined up for procession. The procession starts promptly at 9:40am. Students arriving too late to be put into proper procession order will process at the very end of the line and make their way to the stage shortly before their names will be called to receive the appropriate diploma. (Check program for order of names).The procession, with help from Dr. Lori Toedter as Faculty Marshal and Dr. Santo Marabella as Student Marshal, will form in the order as shown on the "Commencement Order of Procession”; this list will be posted on the ARC walls for reference. Graduates proceed from the main entrance of the ARC to the HUB Quadrangle (in the event of rain, from the ARC into Johnston Hall). The procession will enter the field, proceed to designated seats, and remain standing until President Grigsby invites all to be seated.
CONFERRING OF DEGREES
When it is time for the conferring of degrees, Dean Weil will go to the podium and request all bachelor degree candidates to rise to be presented for degrees. All students receiving bachelor’s degrees should stand. Following President Grigsby’s statement of conferral immediately after, candidates will be seated again. Master’s degree candidates will be presented next. Following the President's statement, candidates will be seated again. When Dean Weil rises again, the first row will then stand and proceed to the stage ramp on the right, followed in order by remaining rows. Dr. Sarah Johnson will announce the names of candidates. The candidate whose name has just been announced will then cross the platform to shake hands with and receive his/her diploma from President Grigsby. The candidate will then proceed to the other end of the platform, turn to face the audience, and have a hood placed over his/her head, after which the candidate will return to his/her seat and immediately sit down. B.A. candidates will receive their degrees first, then B.Mus., B.S., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S.H.R., and M.S.P.N. candidates. Some students will be receiving specific awards, which are listed in the program. At the appropriate time, those students will be asked to form a line on the right-hand ramp in the order their names appear in the program. As each award recipient's name is called, the recipient will cross the platform to receive his/her award from President Grigsby, then return to his/her seat. Then all those who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will be asked to stand and be recognized in place.
Behavior which is not in keeping with the dignity of the occasion will result in the graduate receiving a blank envelope on stage. Recipients must then make an appointment to meet with Dr. Grigsby in his office the week following Commencement to receive his/her diploma.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the academic procession, under the direction of Dr. Toedter, will leave the fieldand turn east on Locust St. The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty, then the graduates.
Immediately following Commencement, refreshments will be served to all participants, their families and friends on the PPHAC patio, or in the event of rain, at various locations in the HUB and/or PPHAC.