The processional starts promptly 20 minutes before the ceremony begins. Students, with help from the College and Seminary Marshals, will process onto the field, proceed to the graduate designated seating, and remain standing until President Grigsby invites all to be seated.
Conferral of Degrees
When it is time for the conferring of degrees, Provost Cynthia Kosso will go to the podium and request that all doctoral degree candidates rise and be presented for degrees. All students receiving doctoral degrees should stand. Following President Grigsby’s statement of conferral immediately after, doctoral candidates will be seated again. Master’s degree candidates will be presented next and should stand and sit when indicated. Finally, Bachelor’s degree candidates will be presented and stand and sit when indicated.
Crossing the Stage
The first row of graduates will be instructed by staff at the stage ramp to stand and proceed to the stage ramp on the right, followed in order by remaining rows. Students must have their GradPasses ready to scan upon reaching the stage ramp. Once a student’s name is announced, the student should cross the platform to receive a diploma cover from President Grigsby. The photography company, GradImages, will capture this moment with a picture. Next, the student proceeds to the other end of the stage, walks down the stage ramp, returns to the same seat, and immediately sits down.
Some students will receive 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 that names appear in the program. As each award recipient's name is called, the recipient will cross the platform to receive the award from President Grigsby, and then return to the same seat and immediately sit down. All graduates who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will then be asked to stand and be recognized in place.