Students: On Commencement
Day, South Drive and Jaguar Drive are closed to through traffic. For
your convenience, we encourage graduates to use Old Shell Road for
easy access to the Graduate only parking lot off of Jaguar Drive.
A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available at
the Mitchell Center. Entrance to this lot will be from Old Shell Road
only. Proper handicapped tags must be visible for access to this lot.
Academic apparel will be available for pick up 8:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday of the week of Commencement
at room 220, in the Bookstore and on the day of commencement beginning
at 12:00 Noon in the HPE Building, Room 1125.
You must be in your academic apparel before picking up your line-up
card in the West Gym of the HPE building.
Gowns, and graduate-level hoods, must be returned to the same room
after the ceremony. Financial holds will be placed on accounts of
students who do not return their academic regalia.
Men wear dark slacks, white shirt, solid dark tie,
dark socks and dark shoes. Women wear white blouse and dark skirt
or dark dress and dark pumps. The white collar included with the gown
is worn only with the bachelor’s gown. Tassels are worn on the
right side of the mortarboard (cap) until the degree is conferred.
Only honor cords, honor pins, and honor medallions may with worn with
the academic apparel. All graduate- and professional-level students
with the exception of the Ph.D. candidates wear their hoods. Ph.D.
candidates carry their hoods in the processional and will be hooded
during the ceremony.
Note that personal items are not allowed in the HPE
Building or the Mitchell Center since there is no secure place for
Diploma covers will be issued on stage. Ph.D., DPT,
AUD, DNP, and MD students will receive their diplomas during the ceremony.
Diplomas for all other students will be mailed approximately 4 weeks
after the end of the term.
Degree Completion/Honors Program Completion/Academic
Only spring candidates are eligible to participate
in this commencement. Participation in the exercises does not mean
that degree requirements and/or honors program requirements have been
completed or that academic honors have been awarded. Final degree
and undergraduate honors will be awarded at the end of the term. Questions
concerning tentative honors should be resolved prior to commencement.
If you have any questions concerning tentative honors, contact the
Registrar’s office 251-460-6251(option 4).
All outstanding obligations to the University must
be cleared before transcripts or diplomas will be released.
Assembling of Graduates
Doors to the HPE West Gym open at 12:15 p.m. the
day of graduation.
Commencement participants must assemble in the HPE
Building by 12:45 p.m.
Only students who rent academic regalia through
the Bookstore will be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
You must be robed prior to picking up your line-up
card. If you did not pick up your academic regalia prior to commencement
day, you may do so in Room 1125 of the HPE building between 12:00
Noon and 12:45 p.m.
Once you are robed you will pick up your line-up
card in the West Gym of the HPE building. There will be signs directing
you to the correct line based on your college.
Honor cords will be distributed to eligible undergraduate
students in the gymnasium on the day of commencement.
Readers will be available in the gymnasium to verify
Report to your group as designated on your line-up
card in the gymnasium. Registrar staff will be there to direct you.
Student marshals will assist you in lining up for the procession to
the Mitchell Center arena. The procession will begin promptly at 1:50.
The University Gonfalonier will lead students into
the Mitchell Center arena. Each college will be led by a gonfalonier.
Students will process in two lines as instructed by the marshals.
The Ph.D. students with their major professors will be first, followed
by Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy,
Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the undergraduate students by college
and the graduate students by college. After being directed to your
row and seat, you will remain standing until after the invocation.
Men should remove their mortarboards during the National Anthem and
Conferring of Degrees
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Nursing
Practice, and Doctor of Medicine students:
When instructed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
rise by college or school. Remain standing until all colleges have
been introduced and the degrees conferred en masse by the President.
You will then be directed to the stage by the marshals. Once on the
stage you will be prompted by the marshal at the head of the ramp
to proceed to the reader’s podium. You will hand your name card
to the staff person standing by the reader’s podium. The reader
will take the card and read the full name and any applicable honors.
As your name is being read you will cross the stage, receive your
diploma from the President and have your picture taken, advance and
shake hands with your dean, exit the platform by the front side steps
and return to your seat down the center aisle. Marshals will direct
you back to your seats.
Ph.D. candidates when instructed by the Senior Vice President for
Academic Affairs will rise, have the degrees conferred en masse by
the President and then proceed to the top of the ramp with your major
professors. As you reach the Reader’s podium on the stage, your
full name, and the name of your major professor will be read. You
and your major professor will then move forward halfway between the
Reader’s podium and the President where your major professor
will hood you. You and your major professor will then walk to the
President who will hand you the diploma and have your picture taken,
advance and shake hands with the Associate Vice President for Academic
Affairs and the Board of Trustees, exit the platform by the front
side steps and return to your seat down the center aisle. Marshals
will direct you back to your seats.
At the end of the ceremony, you will recess after
the platform party. Marshals will direct you out of the arena.
Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages
are prohibited in the HPE Building and the Mitchell Center. Valuables
should not be brought into the HPE Building or the Mitchell Center.
Please arrange to leave purses, cameras and other personal items with
family or friends. All cell phones must be turned off during the ceremony.
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