Commencement Ceremony Instructions

  • All candidates for graduation must follow the instructions to participate in the commencement ceremony, which will be posted here in April: Graduate Student Instructions (Friday). Undergraduate Student Instructions (Saturday).
  • This chart shows the processional route that graduates will follow on commencement morning if the ceremony is held outdoors.
  • The seating chart shows the exact seat location for each student, and it will be posted here on May 18: Graduate Student Commencement Seating Chart (Friday). Undergraduate Student Commencement Seating Chart (Saturday). Students should print out the chart if possible and bring it with them on graduation day.


Important New Security Precaution: No Backpacks, Large Purses, Bags, Etc., at Graduation
The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests is important. In light of recent national events, we are requesting that all graduates and their guests refrain from bringing bags, backpacks, large purses, or containers to graduation events. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle. Diaper bags are an exception, but are subject to search. For the safety and security of our community, Campus Safety officers may search any bags and containers that are brought to graduation events. Please do not leave your belongings unattended at any time. Report any unattended bags or suspicious packages to a Campus Safety officer. These security precautions are for your protection.