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Order of the Ceremony




Guest Arrival

Doors to Zorn Arena open at 7:45 a.m. for the morning ceremony at 9 a.m., and
at 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. Tickets are required for all guests.

Graduates Arrival

Candidates should arrive no later than 8:10 a.m. for the morning ceremony, or
no later than 1:10 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.

Line Up and Procession

Processions begin to move at approximately 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Once graduates receive their reader card, they must stay in line and follow the marshals' instructions.





At 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., following a brief welcome by the chair of the University Senate, the marshals will lead candidates to their designated seating area. They are followed by the faculty who are attending, and the dignitaries who will be on the platform during the ceremony. All remain standing through the National Anthem.

National Anthem

Be seated following the singing of the National Anthem.

Congratulatory Remarks by the Chancellor


Charge to the Class

This is a speech of approximately six minutes by a special guest of the university.

Presentation of DNP's, Master's and Specialist in Education Candidates by the Provost

With your College

Conferral of Graduate Degrees by the Chancellor

With your College

Presentation of Graduate Diplomas and Hooding by the Graduate Dean

With your College

Presentation of Baccalaureate Candidates by the Provost


Conferral of Baccalaureate Degrees by the Chancellor


Presentation of Baccalaureate Diplomas

Undergraduate candidates cross the stage as directed by the marshals, and hand their reader card to the reader just before stepping onto the ramp.


This is a four-minute speech by a member of the graduating class.

Concluding Remarks by the Chancellor


University Alma Mater

Rise and join in singing. Words and music are printed at the end of the Commencement program.


Platform party, faculty and graduates exit the arena.  Arrange in advance where graduates and guests will meet.


All graduates and guests are welcome to attend a reception in the Marketplace of W.R. Davies Student Center immediately following each of the ceremonies.