Upon arriving on campus please request family members or friends to secure your personal belongings and put on your cap and gown.

Check your regalia to ensure it is the correct size and appropriate for your degree. The Bookstore in the Harre Union will be available to take care of any necessary adjustments. If you missed the online regalia order please visit the Bookstore in person to order your regalia.

Upon arriving, someone from the University Registrar’s Office will hand you a name reader card indicating your name and degree. Use this card to line up in the marching order. HANG ON TO THIS CARD AND DO NOT LOSE IT! During the ceremony, you will hand the name reader card to a marshal upon arriving at the top of the chancel or stage for your name to be called.

At the direction of the marshals, please proceed to line up with your college, according to your degree, in alphabetical order. Marshals will be easily visible wearing gold regalia.

Honors: Students graduating with honors will be asked to stand as a group for recognition during the ceremony. Please check the Commencement program to see if your name is listed for honors.

Honors cords should be draped over or secured to your LEFT shoulder, with the exception of the College of Business wearing gold and blue cords, as they should be draped around the neck.

*Honor cords are distributed from your academic department. Cords are not ordered from the University Bookstore. If you have questions, please ask your departmental administrative assistant prior to commencement. Extra cords are not available on the day of commencement.

Diplomas for May 2020 graduates will be available beginning June 2020. Graduates will receive an email from the Registrar when diplomas are ready for pick up. A photo ID is required to pick up your diploma in the Office of the Registrar. If a graduate is unable to pick up his or her diploma on campus, please use the Diploma Request available through DataVU to give us the address to which the diploma should be sent. You may complete a Diploma Request right away, and we will mail your diploma as soon as it’s ready. You may make changes to your request by logging back into DataVU and updating the Diploma Request form any time before your diploma is mailed.We are unable to release diplomas to graduates with any outstanding obligations to the University. Please resolve any outstanding obligations with the applicable offices before graduation.

Graduate School Commencement: Saturday, May 16, 2019 – 2:30 p.m., Chapel of the Resurrection

The Graduate School Conferring of Degrees will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Graduates will meet in the Christopher Center’s Community Room at 1:30 p.m. to line up for the procession. Chapel doors open for guests 1:30 p.m.


Undergraduate Commencement: Sunday, May 17, 2019 – 1:30 p.m., ARC

The Conferring of Degrees will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Athletics-Recreation Center. Graduates will meet in Hilltop Gym (southwest corner of the ARC) at 12:30 p.m. to line up for the procession. Doors open for guests with general admission tickets at 12:30 p.m. No one, other than the graduates, will be admitted into the ARC without a ticket. The Conferring of Degrees typically ends by 3:45 p.m.