Demonstrate your pride in our graduates! Participate in Commencement by marching in one or more ceremonies and plan to celebrate with your graduates and their families at the receptions.
Bachelor's candidates will graduate by school (listed below). Faculty are asked to march in the ceremony of their school. Graduate faculty are asked to also march in the Master's/C.A.S. ceremony. All are welcome to march in additional ceremonies. Professional staff choose their ceremonies as best fit their relationships with their students.
Online registration for marchers opens in February.
Please e-mail the Academic Affairs Office with any marcher questions.
Faculty and staff who receive personalized invitations from students to participate in their ceremonies, please complete and return your invitations to "Commencement" in CLEV 519 AND register online. A running list of marchers will be updated periodically, with a final posting after Commencement with special notation of marchers who received student invitations AND marched.
See Marcher Regalia.
The deadline to order 2018 regalia for Commencement with guaranteed hood colors and standard charges is TBA for guaranteed hood colors and regular shipping. Contact the bookstore to place rental orders.
Regarding Honors Convocation on April 18: If you rented regalia for the Honors Convocation, orders will be due in March. You may wear it also for Commencement and return it on Monday, May 21. See Honors Convocation.
Each unit includes cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Tax included.
►Bachelor's unit (cap, gown, tassel): $TBA
►Bachelor hood: $TBA
►Master's unit (cap, gown, tassel): $TBA
►Master hood: $TBA
►Doctoral unit (cap, gown, tassel): $TBA
►Doctoral hood: $TBA
There are a limited number of doctoral gowns available for loan through the Academic Affairs Office. Marchers must supply their own hoods (owned or rented). Please contact Academic Affairs for availability and indicate which ceremony.
Faculty and staff academic regalia purchases can be placed through the bookstore at any time during the year. Purchase prices vary. Call Marybeth Keller at (716) 878-5509, and please plan on 10 weeks for delivery.
Faculty, staff, and advisers to academic and service programs, honor societies, and scholarship programs should plan for the distribution of honors cords and other honors regalia and also advise students in the proper wearing of regalia accessories at Commencement according to the Policy on Commencement Honors Cords and Accessories.
The Robing Room is located in the Ice Arena upper lobby. See map of sports complex noting faculty/staff robing room entrance. Enter the Ice Arena entrance ground floor via the east end of the building and report to the second floor. For barrier-free access, enter the building through the "Graduates Entrance" and take the elevator to second floor.
► For the 9 a.m. ceremony, report no later than 8:30 a.m.
► For the 1 p.m. ceremony, report no later than 12:30 p.m.
► For the 5 p.m. ceremony, report no later than 4:30 p.m.
PLEASE sign in for EACH ceremony in which you march. After signing in, proceed to your place in the lineup, indicated by a chair with your name on it. Put on your academic garb and leave any belongings on the chair or hang jackets, etc. on the coat racks provided. The faculty marshal will provide marching instructions, and the processional will leave the robing room 10 minutes before the ceremony is to begin. A program will be on your chair in the Sports Arena where the ceremony takes place.
When you return from either the 9 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. ceremony, the new lineup for the next ceremony will be in place in Ice Arena upper lobby. Therefore, if you are marching again, you may have a new place in the lineup. EVERYONE, please sign in again at the registration table so staff know you are accounted for.
Light hospitality will be available throughout the day for your convenience.
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