The two baccalaureate ceremonies, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., are equal in format. Each graduate must register for the ceremony he or she chooses to attend (see Registration & Tickets) and provide tickets for your guests for the live ceremony in the Sports Arena, located at E5 on the campus map. Also, you may direct any guests without tickets or with small children who need to move freely to the live streaming in the Bulger Communication Center, located at H5.
Then plan to meet ALL your guests immediately following your ceremony at the festive reception held in the Campbell Student Union. Following each ceremony, your reception features live entertainment and refreshments and is a great opportunity for you to introduce your family to faculty and staff who attend. No tickets are required for the receptions.
Arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. Report to the Ice Arena located in the Sports Arena complex for lineup no later than 9:30 a.m. to be included. Be sure to have your lineup entrance ticket for the 10 AM ceremony.
Doors to the Sports Arena open for guests at 9:00 a.m. (guest tickets required). Located at E5 on map.
The ceremony runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Arrive between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Report to the Ice Arena located in the Sports Arena complex for lineup no later than 1:30 p.m. to be included. Be sure to have your lineup entrance ticket for the 2 PM ceremony.
Doors to the Sports Arena open for guests at 1:00 p.m. (guest tickets required). Located at E5 on map.
The ceremony runs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Note regarding children and tickets
Building capacity is based on individuals and is enforced. All guests entering the Sports Arena MUST present a guest ticket, including babies and children and even if they will sit on adult laps. Please consider not bringing babies and young children to the live ceremony, as they typically are unable to sit through the two-hour ceremony, especially after waiting for up to an hour in the stands prior to the start (doors open one hour before ceremony time). See Bachelor's Options for alternate viewing options.
As you enter the lineup area in the Ice Arena, you will receive a name card. Write your name as it should be pronounced and keep the card with you. (During the ceremony, as you walk across the stage, you will hand that name card to a faculty member who will announce you.) Find your place in the lineup according to your academic school. Signs will be posted. Marshals will assist you. If you wish to sit with a friend, be sure that you are directly in front of or behind that person.
Leave your personal belongings with your family. You may carry only your name card with you in the processional. You may not carry anything in the academic procession or bring with you any babies/children/guests, animals (except certified service animals), purse, camera, etc. A program will be on your chair in the Sports Arena.
Put on your cap and gown. Wear the mortarboard square on your head, parallel to the ceiling. The tassel should be on the right front side.
Stay with your group so that you will hear the marching instructions when they are given by the marshals. The procession will follow the marshals out of the Ice Arena and into the Sports Arena. A program booklet will be on your seat in the arena.
Especially in the arena, closely follow the directions of the marshals so that you have a seat. Do not skip seats or you may end up having to sit with another group. Once directed to your seat, remain standing for the singing of the national anthem. MALE CANDIDATES: please remove your caps during the singing of the national anthem. The convener with direct you when to be seated.
Shortly following the Commencement Address, the deans from each of the four academic schools will be introduced. Each will, in turn, present his or her degree candidates and ask you to rise as a group. Remain standing until you are asked to be seated. Each dean will lead the graduates in the same manner. When President Conway-Turner says, "Honors pertaining thereunto," move your tassel from right to left with your left hand.
For degree candidates with dual degrees: If both degrees are within the same school, you will rise with your school as it is announced. If degrees are with different schools, you may process and sit with the school of your choice. Stand the first time you hear one of your schools called and remain standing, even if it is not the school where you chose to sit.
Following the conferring of degrees, candidates will process across the stage to be congratulated. Just prior to stepping onto stage, a professional photographer will take a formal photo of you individually. Have your name card ready as the seating marshals direct you to the stage. You may not carry anything or bring anyone with you as you walk across the stage. Hand the reader your card. He or she will announce you as you walk across the stage and are congratulated by the President and dignitaries. You will be directed back to your seat where you are to remain until the graduate recessional at the end of the ceremony.
At the close of the ceremony, you will remain standing at your seats until the Platform Party and faculty have recessed. At that point, follow the seating marshals to exit. You will meet your family outside the arena where you may proceed to the reception in the Campbell Student Union, located at G6 on the campus map.
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