Arrive no later than one hour before the ceremony.
Signs and staff will direct candidates to the candidate assembly area.
Pick up your 'Commencement Participation/Reader Card' at the appropriate table (arranged alphabetically by last name).
There will be a secure coat check area to check your belongings (coat, etc.).
Look for the 'Doctoral Candidates' sign in the student assembly area. Staff will be directing students to the appropriate area.
Doctoral candidates will assemble in degree order (e.g., Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy). Line up alphabetically by doctoral candidate's last name within degree order.
There will be brief announcements approximately 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and the processional will start shortly after.
Drape your hood over your arm and process into the ceremony with the hood.
Doctoral candidates will process in and be seated with their adviser(s). If your adviser is hooding multiple candidates they will be processing with the first candidate listed alphabetically.
A candidate photo will be taken just prior to entry on the stage.
Once photo is taken, immediately proceed up the ramp to the stage.
Your hood will be prepped for you at the base of the ramp.
Provide your reader card to the reader assistant seated at the reader table at the top of the ramp.
You will be hooded by your adviser(s) and the Dean of The Graduate School.
After you are hooded, shake hands with your adviser and the Dean of The Graduate School.
Proceed to the next station and receive your diploma cover from the Provost (and shake hands with the Provost).
Shake hands with the President.
Proceed to the center of the stage, go down the steps and be seated back in your row.
If you would like a photo taken with your adviser, please return to the stage area immediately after the ceremony. Photographers will begin packing up within 15 minutes of the close of the ceremony.