Info for Grads

What to do on Commencement Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 6:00 PM

All graduates receiving doctoral degrees

Arrive at the Recital Hall located in the Arts Building at a yet-to-be-determined time for check-in. If you are not on time, you may forfeit your right to walk the stage.

  • Graduates will check in and pick up their name card, fill out the back of the card for photo information, and proceed to the ushers to line up for the procession.
  • Please do not bring belongings (purses, bags, etc.) with you to check in. There will not be a coat check available.
  • Graduates must be checked in and dressed in regalia 15 minutes before ceremony to line up for procession.
  • Guests are limited to four (4) per graduate due to limitations in seating in the venue. Graduates and guests will be seated separately.
  • All names will be called. The ceremony will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Students are required to remain in their seats throughout the entire ceremony.
  • Doctoral graduates are welcome to attend the ceremony for their academic college on Saturday but the hooding process occurs only at this ceremony.

Services for Graduates with Disabilities

Degree candidates with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in their Commencement ceremony, are asked to send an email to to set up an appointment to discuss accommodation possibilities with the appropriate Commencement staff. Appointments are made from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.