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Ceremony Do's and Don'ts

Ceremony Do's and Don'ts

Graduate Check-in:  4:45 p.m.

Graduates will enter through the loading dock entrance at the southwest corner of the building, between the arena and the parking garage E. At the loading dock door, you will go through a metal detector. You will be asked to return any restricted items to your vehicle. Guests will not be allowed in the graduate check-in or robing areas. After passing through the metal detectors, you will not be allowed to leave the secure area.  Do not bring purses, bags or valuables. Please arrive dressed in cap and gown. 

DO:  Place your robe on a hanger immediately.

DON’T:  Don’t put gown in a hot dryer or try to iron it.

For wrinkles, try placing your gown in the bathroom while showering, so the steam can help remove creases or wrinkles.

1.  What should I wear underneath the gown?

DO:  Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing underneath the gown.

DO:  Wear clothes that have at least one pocket to carry essential valuables.

DO:  Dress in formal or business professional dark clothing; no blue jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops should be worn.

For women – dress, skirt, dress pants, etc.

For men – collared shirt, tie, dress pants, etc.

2.  What can I bring with me to the Commencement Ceremony?

DO:  Leave your belongings, such as purse, camera, cell phone, etc., at home, with your family, with your friends or in the trunk of your vehicle.

3.  How do I wear my cap?

DO:  Wear your cap so that the mortarboard is level and parallel to the ceiling.

DON’T:  Don’t tip your cap to the back or the side of the head.

DO:  Place the crown of the cap approximately 1 inch above the eyebrows and the rest approximately 1-1 ½ inches above each ear.

Consider using bobby pins to secure hat.

4.  What is the difference between the front and back of the cap?

DO:  Look at the inside of your cap to see where the front of it is indicated.

DO:  Place the cap on your head as instructed from question #3.

5.  Can the cap be removed during the ceremony?

DON’T:  Don’t remove the cap during the Commencement Ceremony. NOTE: During the National Anthem, men participating in Commencement should remove their cap. Military personnel not in uniform are allowed to keep their hat on and salute the flag

DO:  Keep the cap on because it is an essential part of the academic dress and should remain on your head throughout the ceremony.

6.  How do I wear the tassel?

DO:  Wear your tassel on the right front side. When the cap is in the correct position on the head, the tassel will hang to the right front cap edge.

DON’T:  Don’t allow tassels to hang to the back of the cap.  All graduates must wear the tassel on the same side.

During the ceremony the graduates will be instructed to move their tassels to the left to signify the conferring of the degree/certificate.