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 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Varsity Gymnasium at the Student Development Complex.


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, December 13, 2019 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 Varsity Gymnasium.


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; Ph.D. Candidates and Advisors; Master's Candidates; ROTC; Undergraduate Students; Faculty Procession; Platform Party

Presentation of Degrees

When called, advisors will walk their Ph.D. candidates to the stage. Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. candidates and their advisors will continue across the stage. The Ph.D. candidate will receive their diploma from the University President. Both the Ph.D. 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!