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Commencement Ceremony

Student Ticket

You do not need a ticket for yourself for commencement.

Reporting Place and Time

There is no rehearsal for the ceremony. More information on reporting place and time will be provided to all participants as it becomes finalized.

Prior to your arrival, please review the Student Information and Instructions. This document will be emailed to you one week prior to your ceremony and will tell you exactly what will happen during the ceremony.

General Protocol

The commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. You and your fellow graduates have worked hard for this day and the commencement staff have worked hard to make the day a memorable one for you, your family and your guests. We ask that you respect the ceremony, your fellow graduates, and guests by dressing and behaving in the dignified manner that the occassion merits. Cap and gown regalia is required dress for all graduates. No food or beverage is permitted.

Doctoral Hooding

Please see this video detailing the Doctoral hooding process that occurs on-stage during the ceremony.



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