Frequently Asked Questions

Attire is business causal and graduates should not bring personal items or cell phones into the robing area. Please leave these items with family members. Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn at ALL times. Please keep in mind the summer ceremony takes place on the University Hall Lawn and high heels will make your walk to the seating area difficult.

Commencement at the Stroh Center

Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the ceremony.  Only the concession stand located in the south corridor (closest to Wooster street) will be open when the ceremony begins.

Faculty members participating in the commencement ceremony should assemble and robe in Rooms 123-126 of the Stroh Center (visitors’ locker rooms).

If a faculty or staff member, instead of the college dean, is handing the diploma cover to the student, this person should report to the Faculty Marshal in the Faculty Robing Area in Rooms 123-126 of the Stroh Center.  The Faculty Marshal will provide additional details with regard to where to sit and how to walk onto the stage.

EMT’s are on the second floor, near the family restroom/north corridor.  The ambulance will be parked in the loading dock area directly behind (west) the Stroh Center.

All graduate students (masters and doctoral) line up in the practice court area in the southwest corner of the Stroh Center.   Students should look for their appropriate college/degree sign upon entering the assembly area.   This is where students will be given their announcer cards, as well as additional instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony. Doctoral candidates will line up with their major professors.

 

Available for eligible candidates from the bookstore representatives located in the Loading Dock area.

Master’s candidates: Wear hoods during all academic ceremonies. Marshals will be available to assist you with the proper manner to wear a hood.

Doctoral candidates: The candidate’s major professor will carry the hood in approaching the platform. The Dean will hood the candidates during the ceremony.


The ceremony is expected to last approximately 120 minutes.

Presidential seating is located in the lower seats of Section 102.  Passes are required.

All faculty and doctoral candidates should return their rented regalia to the Bookstore representatives, who will be located in the loading dock area (west corridor of the Stroh Center).

All restrooms are located on the second floor, in both the north and south corridors.

Seating for people needing special accommodations is located on the second floor directly behind the fixed seating.  Passes are required.

Bachelor’s candidates: Place tassel on right side of mortar board, following conferral of degree, place tassel on left side.

Master’s and doctoral candidates: Place tassel on left side of mortar board.


The Team Store will be open and remain open throughout the ceremony.

Undergraduate students line up in the practice court area in the southwest corner and the north corridor of the Stroh Center &/or the North Corridor. Students should look for their appropriate college/degree sign upon entering the assembly area. This is where students will be given their announcer cards, as well as additional instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony.

Commencement on the University Hall Lawn

The ceremony may be viewed on the first floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union in the Falcon's nest.

Concessions will be available in Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts for our guests’ convenience. 

Faculty members participating in the commencement ceremony should assemble and robe on the first floor of McFall.

If a faculty or staff member is participating by handing the diploma cover to their family member, this person should report to the the Faculty Marshal in the Faculty Robing area on the first floor of McFall. The Faculty Marshal will provide additional details with regard to where to sit and how to approach the stage.

The ambulance will be parked between Williams Hall and Prout Chapel. EMTs will be stationed on the green space south of Williams Hall.  A nurse may be stationed by McFall.

All graduate (masters and doctoral) students line up in the green space in front of the Administration Building.  Students should look for their appropriate college/degree sign upon entering the assembly area.   This is where students will be given their announcer cards, as well as additional instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony. Doctoral candidates will line up with their dissertation committee chair.

Available for eligible candidates from the bookstore representatives located in the first floor of the McFall Center.

Master’s candidates: Wear hoods during all academic ceremonies. Marshals will be available to assist you with the proper manner to wear a hood.

Doctoral candidates: The candidate’s dissertation committee chair will carry the hood in approaching the platform. The Dean will hood the candidates during the ceremony.

The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 hours.

Presidential seating is located to the north side of the platform next to the Faculty seating.  Passes are required.

All faculty and doctoral candidates should return their rented regalia to Falcon Outfitters representatives, who will be located in the first floor of McFall.

Restrooms are located on the first floor in the Administration Building, Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Moseley Hall, Shatzel Hall, Kuhlin Center, Williams Hall and University Hall.

Seating for people needing special accommodations is located on the immediate north side of the platform.  Passes are required.

Bachelor’s candidates: Place tassel on right side of mortar board, following conferral of degree, place tassel on left side.

Master’s and doctoral candidates: Place tassel on left side of mortar board.

Undergraduate students line up in the green space in front of the Administration Building and near Founders and McFall.  Students should look for their appropriate college/degree sign upon entering the assembly area.  This is where students will be given their announcer cards, as well as additional instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony.