Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016Time: Undergraduate Ceremony at 10:00AM and Graduate Ceremony at 2:30PM.
Length of Ceremony: Approximately 2.5 hours
Graduate Reporting Instructions
Please note that traffic on and around the campus that afternoon will be heavy. Graduates should allow sufficient travel time to arrive by the designated reporting time.
Upon arrival at the Nerney Field House, students should locate the area for their major inside, which will be marked with an appropriate sign.
Bachelor’s double-degree majors should report to the area of their first major.
AttireGraduates should report wearing their academic attire. Faculty members in each major will hood students. Honors medals should be worn around the neck.
No jewelry, flowers, or other adornments should be evident on attire. Cap tassels should be placed to the right, then moved to the left after the awarding of degrees.
Disability AccommodationsGraduates who require special disability accommodations should contact the Office of Student Life at 610.902.8416 by April 1.
Advance notification is especially important if a sign-language interpreter is required.
Name CardAt the reporting areas for their majors, graduates will receive an index card with their name on it, which they will hand to the individual reading names as students ascend the stage to be congratulated by the President.
If a pre-labeled card is not available for you at your reporting area, it is important that you take one of the blank index cards available, clearly write your name on it, and bring it with you to the ceremony to hand to the person reading names on stage.
Procession Line-UpCommencement assistants will issue procession line-up instructions. Graduates will line up alphabetically by major and degree group, so that individuals receiving the same degree are seated together.
If you wish to sit next to someone, line up immediately in front of or behind that person. The line will divide right and left when reaching the seating area.
Commencement DecorumWhile recognizing that Commencement is truly a celebration for our graduates, it is important for students to recognize that is also a formal academic ceremony to be conducted with dignity and decorum.
Graduates are asked to celebrate their accomplishments in a way that recognizes the importance of being courteous to fellow graduates and their guests, as well as the speakers, and does not disrupt the ceremony.
Courtesy also requires that graduates remain in their seats during the ceremony, until instructed to move to the stage area. Cell phones should be turned off during the ceremony.
DiplomasDiplomas will not be distributed at Commencement, but will be available in the Registrar’s Office during the third week of June.
To have your diploma mailed to you, request in writing to:
ReceptionImmediately following the morning Commencement ceremony, graduates and their families and guests are invited to a reception in the Nerney Field House at the Dixon Center.
No reception will be held following the master’s ceremony.