Participating in the commencement ceremony is not required to graduate, but is highly encouraged. Participation means attending the Commencement ceremony in regalia, marching in the processional and recessional, and going forward to the stage to receive your diploma from the College President. Students who participate in the Commencement ceremony are expected to be present throughout the entire ceremony. The graduates will not be allowed to receive a diploma and depart before the recessional.
What to do on Graduation Day
Please arrive at the Maclay Building no later than 9:15 a.m. Leave your personal items and valuables with your guests. The processional begins promptly at 9:50 a.m., and you must be in your regalia and in alphabetical order by major before that time. Signs will be posted and faculty/staff will be available to help you find your place in line. Find your name and wait patiently for the commencement to start.
The processional order will begin with the platform party, followed by the graduates, and then the faculty and staff. Graduates will exit the Maclay Building from the west entrance and will proceed into the Cox Activities Center side door. Once in the gym, you will be ushered into each section, simultaneously, row by row. Please remain standing until you are seated as a group. A pencil and 3 x 5 card will be on your chair. Clearly print your first and last name on the card. If pronunciation is difficult, write it as it sounds. As you are ushered to the stage, hand your card to the assistant announcer. As the announcer reads your name, proceed across the stage to receive your diploma cover. Take the diploma cover with your left hand and receive a congratulatory handshake with your right. Your picture will be taken after you exit the ramp. Pause momentarily while your picture is taken. You will then return to your seat and remain standing until the whole row has returned. Once everyone in the graduating class has received his or her diploma cover, you will be instructed to turn your tassel as an entire group. During the recessional, you will be ushered out beginning with the front row.
Following the ceremony a reception honoring the graduates will be held in the College Welcome Center. You and your guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and visit with faculty and staff.
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