Faculty Information

Faculty are invited to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Your participation is meaningful and significant to your students and their guests.

Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ice Arena at the Student Development Complex. Faculty should wear academic regalia.

Faculty Roles at the Ceremony

Faculty may participate in the commencement ceremony as either a Marshal, a PhD Advisor, or as a member of the faculty procession.

Marshals line up with, sit with, and lead their undergraduate degree candidates to the platform. Each department/division designates a marshal.

PhD Advisors line up with their PhD candidate(s) and proceed with them to the stage.

Faculty Procession Participants wear regalia, march in together, and sit as a group to show support for the graduates.
If you have questions or are interested in participating in one of these roles at an upcoming ceremony, contact your Department Chair/Division Director or your Department Coordinator or your administrative staff.


Faculty may order a cap, gown, and hood. Orders will be available for pickup from The Campus Store during the week prior to commencement. A late fee will be assessed if your order is placed after the due date. Please see The Campus Store website for additional information and direct any questions regarding regalia to


Commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 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 Ice Arena.


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

Commencement Day

Please arrive in the Multipurpose Room no later than 9:30 a.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Please refer to the memo from the Registrar's Office regarding where you may leave personal belongings.

At approximately 10 a.m., all departmental marshals will be invited to the center of the Multipurpose Room for a brief check-in to ensure each department has a marshal 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; PhD Candidates and Advisors; Master's Candidates; ROTC; Undergraduate Students; Faculty Procession; Platform Party

Presentation of Degrees

When called, advisors will walk their PhD candidates to the stage. PhD candidates will carry their hoods and will hand them to the advisor for the onstage hooding. Advisors will hood their graduate(s) with assistance from their respective dean. After the hooding, PhD candidates and their advisors will continue across the stage. The PhD candidate will receive their diploma from the University President. Both the PhD candidates and advisors may then return to their seats for the remainder of the ceremony.

Departmental marshals should remain seated with their degree candidates until they are invited to approach the platform by their respective dean. The departmental marshals will lead their degree candidates to the stage and remain at the stage entrance until all degree candidates have passed. Marshals may then return to their seat for the remainder of the ceremony.

 Thank you for your participation in this celebration!