Commencement Marshals

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Marshal Descriptions

University Marshal

This individual, who is responsible for opening and closing the ceremony, has a speaking role at both the beginning and end of the ceremony (script provided).  This role is considered to be a great honor and usually held by a senior, tenured professor.

Faculty Marshal

This individual is responsible for managing the processional and recessional of all faculty participants.

Faculty Participants

Individuals who attend the ceremony as representatives of their colleges.  Faculty participants have no designated responsibility during the ceremony.

Hooding Faculty Member

Individuals who serve as advisors for students receiving doctoral degrees will participate in the ceremony by assisting with the hooding of their students when they are presented with their diplomas.  These faculty members line up with their advisees in the student assembly area, walk in with their advisees during the processional, and sit with their advisees during the ceremony.  Hooding is reserved for a student’s advisor of record.

Student Marshal

These individuals assist in the student assembly area, the student procession and recession, as well as the presentation of diplomas (if assigned to a lettered position).  NOTE:  Depending on graduate numbers, some colleges may schedule additional student marshals who only assist in the student assembly area.  Student Marshals who do not have a letter assignment (listed below) do not have any responsibilities during the actual ceremony, but proceed in and sit with the students.  Marshal positions D through G are permanent positions.  Permanent positions are not college-specific and are staffed by the same individuals for that entire ceremony.

  • Marshal A – Diploma Handler - Positioned on the platform; assists the college dean with handing out diploma covers; first person at the head of the college line during the processional.  Prior to the start of the ceremony, assists in the student assembly area with distributing announcer cards, lining up graduates, etc.
  • Marshal B – Releaser - Positioned on the floor; releases candidates from their rows as they proceed to the platform; second person at the head of the college line during the processional.  Prior to the start of the ceremony, assists in the student assembly area with distributing announcer cards, lining up graduates, etc.
  • Marshal C – Counter - Positioned on the floor; counts candidates into rows during the processional and upon returning to seats after accepting diploma covers; third person at the head of the college line during procession.  Prior to the start of the ceremony, assists in the student assembly area with distributing announcer cards, lining up graduates, etc.
  • Marshal D – Pacer - Positioned on the platform; releases and paces candidates across the stage.  Permanent position
  • Marshal E – Announcer Assistant - Positioned on the floor; standing at the bottom of the platform entrance ramp, controls the pace of the line on the ramp and assists announcers as needed.  Permanent position
  • Marshal F – Exit Ramp - Positioned on the floor; standing at the bottom of the platform exit ramp, guides graduates toward the rows they came from. Permanent position
  • Marshal G – Photo Prep - Positioned on the platform; standing in the middle of the platform exit ramp, readies graduates for their photos at end of ramp by making sure the diploma cover is right side up; ensures exit ramp doesn’t get backed up.  Permanent position