For Graduates

Commencement Day for Graduates


Commencement Attendance

Commencement service attendance is not mandatory, but it is a wonderful way to celebrate your educational achievements and to prepare yourself to embark on your new adventure.

Processional Line-Up

Graduates should arrive at the commencement site no later than 45 minutes prior to when the service begins. Once there, locate your college or center (i.e. College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science) and find the faculty marshal assigned to your college or center. In case of inclement weather, graduates will line up in the Auditorium lobby.

  1. You will be handed a card with your name on it and numeric indicator (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4).
  2. Line up in sequence according to your number. This order is the processional order.
  3. Once you find your place in line, please remain there.
  4. Do not lose the card you are given. You will hand this card to the reader who will announce your name as you cross the stage.
  5. If your name has a unique pronunciation, you will tell this to the name reader as you give him your card.
  6. All tassels should be worn forward and to the right.
  7. Graduate Students: Be sure to have your hood with you. There are none available at the service.
  8. Graduate hoods should not be worn (you will be hooded during the service).
  9. Graduate hoods should be draped over the right arm, black side facing out, with the band of colored velvet next to the wrist.

Attire for Commencement Day

The commencement service is a professional event and student attire should reflect the pride and integrity befitting the occasion.

  • For the men - closed toed shoes and socks should be worn with khaki or dress slacks or non-frayed blue jeans along with an appropriate shirt.
  • For women - dresses may be worn or slacks with an appropriate blouse. Open-toe dress shoes are acceptable. However, no flip-flops should be worn.

During the processional, you must negotiate quite a number of stairs and cross a polished wood stage, so please wear shoes with an appropriate heel height and/or tread that comfortably allows for this activity. Please understand that in the past students have worn inappropriate shoes and have slipped or fallen during the service.

For Male Graduates

Because this is a Commencement Service, there will be certain times in which male graduates will be expected to remove their caps. Please follow Dr. Christian's and Provost Runge’s example during the service. When they remove their mortar boards, please remove yours, and replace yours when they replace theirs. Female graduates may leave their caps on.


Please use the Graduation Checklist (pdf)  to make sure all necessary tasks are completed.


For additional information regarding the Commencement Service please contact the Graduation Office at 512.313.4643 or

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This page was last updated on Jun. 02, 2014.
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