Robed faculty and staff marching in the academic procession should assemble in two rows between Snow and Wheaton Halls by 5: 30 p.m. so that Commencement can start at 6 p.m.

The left row will be seated in the left section facing the stage and right row will be seated in the right section.
Student Marshals will lead both faculty and the candidates for graduation by their program. Program Coordinators Donna Bontatibus and Mary Rayappan  will announce the general studies students. Jon Morris will read the liberal art students names.  Program Coordinators should pick up your graduate name cards at the staff table in the area and distribute them to your candidates. Be sure to check with the students for the correct pronunciation of their name. If a student is receiving more than one degree and is marching with your program, you should note this on the name card and announce the second degree when you call the graduate to the stage. At the appropriate time in the program, approach the microphone and begin calling your graduates to the stage. Candidates will hand their cards to you so that you may announce their name. Keep graduate name cards in order. Please return the cards to the designated committee member in the area when you leave the platform. Then return to the Program Coordinator section on the right side of the audience for the remainder of Commencement.

Procession will start with the Grand Marshal followed by graduating students, led by two Student Marshals. Faculty, also led by two Student Marshals, will follow. Another two Student Marshals will lead in the platform dignitaries.

Recession order will be platform dignitaries, faculty and staff followed by students. We will continue the tradition of lining the center aisle upon recession allowing the new graduates to pass through. It’s a nice time to recognize them with handshakes, hugs and smiles for their accomplishments.

Professor Donna Leonowich will serve as Grand Marshal. Faculty and staff are expected to wear all appropriate robing including caps during the ceremony and set the appropriate celebratory tone to recognize the students’ accomplishments. Faculty and staff who have rented regalia, please return your regalia in its package to the designated area outside of the Multipurpose Rooms in Chapman Hall.

If you wish to purchase your own regalia in future years, please see Nancy in the Bookstore for more information or visit www.oakhalli.com (Oak Hall Industries).