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 the week of Commencement
at the bookstore and on the day of commencement at Noon at HPE 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.
We advise men to wear dark slacks, collared shirt,
tie, dark socks and dark shoes. Women should wear any colored top,
dark pants or skirt or a dark dress. Wear attire that has pockets
(to carry keys, phone and camera). Leave wallet or purse inside of
the car or with your guests. Wear shoes that are comfortable and easy
to maneuver in.
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) before the degree is conferred. Only honor
cords, honor pins, and honor medallions may be worn with the academic
apparel. You may need to bring bobby pins and/or safety pins with
you to the ceremony.
All graduate- or professional-level students with
the exception of Ph.D. candidates wear their hoods. Ph.D. candidates
carry their hoods in the processional and will be hooded during the
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 the spring commencement. Summer graduates and Fall candidates participate
in the Fall ceremony. 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.
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.