Commencement Ceremonies

Faculty Ceremony Instructions

Week of Commencement

  • NEW for Fall 2013 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 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 15
  • Park in Lots H, M or C
  • Enter the Events Center through the far left entrance
    • This entrance will be labeled to the left of the main 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 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 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 University Bookstore staff in the faculty robing area before you leave the building

Last Updated: 10/10/13