ASSEMBLY AND ROBING
Graduating students should arrive in their regalia at the Fieldhouse adjacent to the Watsco Center no later than one hour prior
to their ceremony start time and follow the signs to the Graduate Lineup Site (at the Fieldhouse). At the lineup site, all candidates will be grouped by school and bring an index card with their name, which will be issued at regalia distribution, on which they can indicate how they would like it to be read on stage. The academic procession will depart from this site 15 minutes prior to the start time of your ceremony.
Baccalaureate degree candidates will wear their regalia to the Graduate Lineup site.
Master's degree candidates will wear their hoods throughout the entire ceremony. Doctoral degree candidates will be given their hoods on stage when they are hooded.
ACADEMIC PROCESSION FOR CANDIDATES AND FACULTY
The academic procession consists of candidates, participating faculty, and alumni representatives only and will be led by the grand marshal. General faculty will assemble in the Hurricane-100 Room and Graduates will assemble in the FieldHouse adjacent to the Watsco Center.
Note: The academic procession will enter the commencement site fifteen minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
The stage party, which includes the president and provost, will follow the academic procession. The presidential procession will enter the site promptly at the scheduled starting time, and the audience should stand and remain standing until the ceremony is declared open.
PRESENTATION OF DEGREES
The doctoral candidates will have their degrees conferred prior to the master's candidates in the graduate degree ceremony. Faculty advisors to the doctoral candidates will sit with their respective candidates. During the ceremony, the provost will introduce the dean of the Graduate School, who will present the candidates to the president. The dean will ask all candidates to rise for the conferral of their degrees. Following conferral, the dean will ask the graduates, along with their respective advisors, to come forward to the stage.
Graduates will proceed to the stage, where they will be hooded by preselected faculty hooders. The advisors will stand beside the candidates. Once the candidate is hooded, the advisors will exit the stage immediately and proceed to the photography station at the back of the student seating area.
The graduate will be congratulated by the dean and a photograph. Graduates will exit the stage for an additional photograph with their advisor and continue across the stage to return to their seats.
Master degree candidates are given a cap and gown at distribution along with a hood they will wear during the entire ceremony. The conferral of master's degrees will follow the conferral of the doctoral degrees. During the ceremony, the provost will individually introduce the dean of each school to present the candidates for graduation to the president. The dean will ask the candidates to rise for the conferral of degrees. Graduates remain standing until all master's-level candidates are recognized.
Following the conferral of degrees, graduates will approach the stage to be congratulated. The announcer will call out each graduate's name as the graduate walks toward the center of the stage for a photograph and to be congratulated by the president. Graduates will exit the stage and return to their seats.
For the undergraduate degree ceremony, during the conferral of the baccalaureate degrees, the provost will individually introduce the dean of each school to present the candidates to the president. The dean will ask candidates to rise at their seats for the conferral of degrees. Upon conferral, all graduates will move their tassels from the right side to the left side of their caps.
The graduates will be asked to approach the stage to be congratulated. The announcer will call out each graduate's name as the graduate walks toward the center of the stage for a photograph and to be congratulated by the president. Graduates will exit the stage and return to their seats.
Baccalaureate candidates wear robes made from 100% recycled materials which they may dispose of accordingly after the ceremony.
The president will lead the recessional, followed by the stage party, general faculty and then graduates.