Ceremony Instructions

Week of Commencement

  • More specific instructions will be emailed one week prior to Commencement weekend.
  • Remove personal regalia from storage and steam if necessary.

Day of Commencement

Arrive on campus

  • All faculty should arrive at the Events Center no later than one hour prior to their ceremony.
  • Park in Lots H, M, E or C.
  • Platform Party and VIP guests please park in Lot F.
  • Enter the Events Center through the far left entrance (near Tau Club Room).
  • All regalia will be available in the Faculty Robing Area on the Mezzanine level. Follow the signage in the Events Center.

Faculty check-in

  • Report to the Faculty Robing Area before you go to the Tau Club Room.
    • Faculty and School marshals will find the gray robes and green tams in the robing area. Department marshals wear their own regalia.
    • Faculty walking with doctoral students should report to the student check-in area located behind the stage 25-30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
  • All faculty are invited to the Tau Club Room for refreshments after robing.


  • At approximately 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, you will be instructed to line up into two columns behind the faculty marshals (two faculty members wearing gray marshal robes).
  • You will join the processional behind the bagpipers and ahead of the Platform Party.
  • The bagpipers will stop and face the audience; do not stop, keep approaching the stage.
  • The two columns will split at the end of the center aisle and enter the stage on opposite sides.
  • Seats in the faculty section should be filled from front to back.


  • You will be provided with a ceremony program and a bottle of water on stage.
  • Remember, the ceremony is being recorded; you will be on camera the majority of the ceremony.


  • The faculty marshals will lead faculty off opposite sides of the stage.
  • The two columns of faculty will meet in the center aisle and process out.
  • Faculty will follow the Platform Party through the tunnel on the right.

Post ceremony

  • Be sure to return any regalia to the Faculty Robing Area. Platform Party please return regalia to the Tau Club Room.

Last Updated: 3/1/17