The processional starts promptly at 9:40am. Students, with help from the University and Seminary Marshals, will process into Breidegam Field House, 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. Hoods should be draped over your left arm at this time. Students must have their GradPasses ready to scan upon reaching the stage ramp. Once the student’s name is announced, the student should cross the stage, proceed to the hooding platform and hand their hood to the hooder. The graduate then turns to face the audience just before the hood is placed over their head and onto their shoulders. Next the graduate continues across the stage to receive a handshake and diploma cover from President Grigsby. The photography company, GradImages, will capture this moment with a picture. Finally, the student walks down the stage ramp closest to them, 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.
The departure from Breidegam Field House will be led by the Faculty Marshals, the Presidential Party, the Faculty, and then the graduates. We recommend you have a prearranged meeting location with your guests.
There will be a reception with light refreshments on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC) patio or in the event of inclement weather, in the Pavilion of the Haupert Union Building.