Commencement Ceremonies

Faculty ceremony instructions

Week of Commencement

  • Faculty do not need to pick up rented regalia at the bookstore. All rented regalia will be available in the robing area behind the stage prior to the ceremony.
  • Remove personal regalia from storage and steam if necessary.

Day of Commencement

Arrive on campus

  • All faculty should be at the Events Center no later than one hour prior to their ceremony.
  • Park in Lots H, M or C.
  • Enter the Events Center through the far left entrance
  • Take either the stairs or elevator down to the ground level (EL – Event Level).

Faculty check-in

  • Report to the faculty check-in area behind the stage.
    • Faculty, School and Department Marshals will find the gray robes and green tams in the check-in area.
    • Faculty walking with doctoral students should report to the graduate student check-in area 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.
    • To return to the robing area, make a right once you exit the tunnel.

Post ceremony

  • Be sure to return any rented regalia to the check-in area behind the stage.

Last Updated: 8/29/14