Appropriate Attire & Decorum
All graduates who plan to march MUST participate in the
rehearsal. Attendance at this rehearsal is mandatory. If you are not
present, you will not be able to participate in the commencement exercise.
All students are to dress as indicated by University standards.
Students are asked to wear professional business or professional “Sunday dress”
underneath their academic regalia. Females are required to wear dresses or pant
suits. If your dress is longer than your robe, please make sure that your dress
is a dark color. Males are required to wear shirts and ties or business suits.
All participants are REQUIRED to wear black shoes. If
you show up with shoes that are not black, you will not be allowed to march.
DEFACING OF CAPS IS NOT ALLOWED; YOU WILL NOT BE
PERMITTED TO MARCH.
Honor Cords and Academic Pins from Awards Days may be worn with your academic
attire. Stoles representing honor societies (Alpha Chi, Beta Kappa Chi and Phi
Alpha) and stoles representing Greek fraternities and sororities, may be worn.
Please arrange to be on time for all graduation events. You are required to arrive at 8:30 a.m. at Gate 4. Students
who arrive after the commencement procession has begun WILL NOT be allowed to march.
- All graduates are expected to
attend the entire ceremony, and to participate in both the processional
- Commencement is both a joyful
occasion and a solemn event. Please express your excitement in ways that
will not prevent others from hearing the speaker and enjoying the
- Alcohol and other illegal
substances are not permitted in J.S. Dorton Arena during Commencement.
Security will be present to confiscate alcohol/illegal substances and
prohibit those from marching that may already be under the influence.
- Mobile phones should be turned
to silent mode to ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the
- Commencement begins with the
academic procession. The audience is asked to rise as the procession
enters the Arena and remain standing until the platform party has taken
its place, the Invocation has been given and the Hymn has been sung.
- Commencement closes
with the recessional. After the singing of the Alma Mater and the
benediction, the audience is asked to take their seats and remain seated
for the retrieval of colors and the recessional of the platform party,
faculty, and students.