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In early April you will receive an email inviting you to join the course.  Accept the invitation to receive notifications about the ceremony.

  • Regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.  For more details, see the Cap and Gown (Academic Regalia) page.
  • Get creative in decorating your cap. No restrictions but must not be offensive.

  • It can last about 1.5-2 hours depending on how many graduates participate.
  • Attendance at rehearsal is highly recommended but not required if you are taking a final.
  • You will receive your Graduate Information Card at the rehearsal
    • Write your full name as you want it to be read; spell it out phonetically, if necessary.
    • Write down ONLY one of your degrees or certificates.  Only one will be read during the ceremony.
    • You will leave your card at the podium during the rehearsal and will need to pick it up in the evening again.
  • If you cannot attend the rehearsal, don't worry.  Just plan to arrive early by 4:30 p.m. prior to the ceremony to receive a semi-filled card and further instructions prior to lining up.
    • Graduates line-up in no specific order; first to arrive, get front rows; last to arrive, get back rows.
    • No saving of spots for other classmates once countdown begins

  • See how to fill out your Graduate Information Card.
  • Your name and one degree will be read form this card as you walk the stage.
  • Line up is NOT in alphabetical order or by major. It's first come, first seated.

Review the line up and seating instructions to determine if you will line up on the left row or right row under the bleachers.