Faculty Information

Faculty are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremonies and are encouraged to participate in the procession, wearing academic regalia. Your participation is meaningful and significant to your students and their guests.  Midyear Commencement will take place on Saturday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Wood Gym at the Student Development Complex.


Faculty may order a cap, gown, and hood. Orders will be available for pickup from The Campus Bookstore during the two weeks prior to commencement. Payment is due at pickup. A late fee will be assessed if your order is placed after the due date. Please see The Campus Bookstore website for additional information.


Commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, December 15, at 1:30 p.m. We encourage your attendance, especially if this is the first time you will be participating in the ceremony. Please come to the Multipurpose Room in the SDC. We will coordinate the procession from the Multipurpose Room to the Wood Gym.


Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. No parking pass is required.

Commencement Day

Please be in the Multipurpose Room no later than 9:45 a.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Please refer to the memo from Elizabeth Pollins regarding where you may leave personal belongings.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., University Commencement Marshal, Dr. Mari Buche, will call all departmental faculty marshals to the center of the Multipurpose Room for a brief check-in to ensure each departmental faculty marshal is in attendance and to answer any questions.

An interactive seating chart may be found on the commencement website the week prior to the ceremony.

Order of Procession

Honor guard; University Commencement Marshal; Ph.D. Candidates and Advisors; Master's Candidates; ROTC; Undergraduate Students; Faculty/Research Staff; Platform Party

Presentation of Degrees

When called, advisors will walk their Ph.D. degree candidates to the stage, wait for the presentation of the degree, hood their graduate (with assistance from respective school/college dean), then return to their seats for the remainder of the commencement ceremony. Ph.D candidates will be carrying their hoods.

When called, Departmental Faculty Marshals will lead their department’s degree candidates to the stage and remain at the stage entrance until all degree candidates have passed. Departmental Faculty Marshals may then return to their seat for the remainder of the ceremony.

Thank you for your participation in this celebration!