Special Assistance and/or Reasonable Accommodations
Any student candidate, faculty/staff participant, or stage party member needing special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations (wheelchair, physical disability, etc.) should contact Jackie Schluchter at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks prior to the ceremony to make arrangements
Sign language interpreters are on-stage and interpret throughout the ceremony
Hearing assisted devices may be checked out at the Guest Services desk on the concourse of the Fargodome
Plan to arrive at the Fargodome no later than one hour before the start of the ceremony
Enter the Fargodome through the main east lobby and use the escalator or elevator to proceed to the lower level
Signs and staff will direct you to the designated assembly area
Check in at the designated tables and pick up your reader card. TAKE CARE OF THIS CARD! This card will be used to announce your name during the ceremony as you cross the stage. Bring it with you as you process to the stage.
Professional photographers from Lifetouch Photography will take photos of each candidate during the ceremony
Candidates will receive information from Lifetouch after the ceremony regarding the option to purchase prints
Ordering information is also posted on the NDSU Events page of the Lifetouch web site after the ceremony
Guests may take photographs at any time from your seat during the ceremony
Gown and mortarboard cap are required academic apparel.
Apparel is available for purchase from the NDSU Bookstore. Bookstore phone: (701) 231-7761 or 800-428-8309 or visit the NDSU Bookstore web site for more information.
The cap is worn with the top parallel to the floor. You will receive instructions at the ceremony regarding tassel placement.
The gown is worn closed.
No decorations should appear on the gown (including corsages).
The following are worn around the neck: Blue Key, Golden Key, Mortar Board, Pi Sigma Alpha, University Honors program, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon medallions; Beta Gamma Sigma, Gamma Sigma Delta, Lambda Beta Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, National Residence Hall Honorary, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Rho Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, and Sigma Theta Tau honor cords; Tau Beta Pi white satin collar; Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, and Tau Sigma Delta stoles. All are available from the respective student organization.
Elementary Education graduates: Contact Valley City State University (VCSU) for honor awards. You may wear VCSU honors for the NDSU ceremony; however, they are not announced at the ceremony.
Social Work graduates: Contact Minot State University (MiSU) for honor awards. You may wear MiSU honors for the NDSU ceremony; however, they are not announced at the ceremony.
Anyone under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be asked to leave.
Participants will be asked to remove all unauthorized decorations/items on gowns.
Men are to remove their caps for the National Anthem.
Participants are to remain for the entire ceremony.
Receiving Your Diploma Cover/Returning to Your Seat
Proceed to the stage via the outside aisles. A college marshal will direct you. Remember to bring your reader card with you!
When proceeding toward the stage to receive your diploma cover, give the reader card to the reader assistant collecting the cards.
The Dean of your college will give you your diploma cover.
You will approximately be at the center of the stage; proceed down the center steps.
Proceed down the center aisle. A college marshal will direct you to the appropriate row.
Please be seated after you return to your seat.
Remain seated until after the stage party has exited the arena. Follow the lead of your college marshal.
Pick up your personal items from the check-it table before leaving the floor level. Congratulations on your achievements!