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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.
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.
The commencement service is a professional event and student attire should reflect the pride and integrity befitting the occasion.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.