On Graduation Day
Saturday, May 11, 2019
ROBING AND APPAREL
Graduating students must bring caps, gowns, and tassels (and any other approved regalia) to the Breidegam Fieldhouse (also known as the Athletic Recreation Center or ARC) by 9:00 a.m. on commencement morning. Bachelor’s degree candidates should wear tassels on the right.
IMPORTANT: Please do not wear shoes with a stiletto heel. A high, thin, heel will rip the turf, sink into the surface, and is potentially dangerous. Besides, no-one wants to trip and fall on commencement day!
The Platform party and Trustees will robe in the Dance Studio. Faculty and administrators will robe in the Performance Center.
ARRIVAL AND LINE-UP
All graduating students should go to the check-in table in the lower level of Breidegam Fieldhouse to receive name cards. Cards are used to announce each graduate’s name as the graduate walks across the stage. Cards are color-coded according to degree earned.
The procession starts promptly at 9:40 a.m. Students arriving too late to be put into proper procession order will process at the end of the line and move toward the stage when fellow students in the same degree program are walking across the stage.
Students, with help from the College and Seminary Marshals, Dr. Craig Atwood, Dr. Michael Bertucci, Dr. Katie Desiderio, Dr. Nicole Tabor, and Dr. Neil Wetzel will form in pairs by order of degree.
Masters Degree programs will go first in degree alpha order. Then Bachelor’s Degrees in alpha order – B.A., B.Mus., B.S. etc. Degree programs will be posted along the wall of the ARC for guidance.
Graduates proceed from the main entrance of the ARC to Makuvek Field. The procession will enter the field, proceed to designated seats, and remain standing until President Grigsby invites all to be seated.
CONFERRING OF DEGREES
CROSSING THE STAGE
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 who have received prizes and awards earlier in the term will then be asked to stand and be recognized in place.