Day of the Ceremony

Arrival Time for Candidates

Candidates for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, J.D., D.V.M., and Advanced Certificates should report to Memorial Stadium nolater than 9:00 a.m. Please refer to the section “Seating and Conferring of Degrees” for your appropriate location inside Memorial Stadium.

Doctoral candidates should report to ARC Gym 4 by 8:30 a.m. for instructions from Graduate College staff regarding the procession into Memorial Stadium. Please do not bring anything with you to ARC or Memorial Stadium. You are not allowed to carry anything in the procession and there’s no secure place to leave it in the staging area.

Candidates receiving University Honors (Bronze Tablet) should arrive at Memorial Stadium by 8:45 a.m. Additional instructions will be mailed to these candidates.

For security purposes, upon arrival, candidates and guests will be asked to demonstrate that they do not possess anything that violates the clear bag policy.

In the event of rain, graduates will be given a complimentary poncho to wear over their academic attire. Umbrellas will not be allowed on the field of Memorial Stadium.

Seating Procedures

Seating and Conferring of Bachelor’s Degrees

Candidates for Bachelor’s degrees assemble in the section of Memorial Stadium on the field designated for their college or school. Candidates should fill in the front rows. Memorial Stadium ushers will provide assistance, if necessary. Candidates from each college rise as a group and are presented by their respective dean to the president.

Band and chorus members and ROTC candidates should stand at the same time that other candidates for undergraduate degrees from their college are presented to the president.

University Honors (Bronze Tablet) recipients Assemble as a group and process onto the field before the doctoral candidates. They sit together and are presented as a group to the president. They should also stand when candidates from their college are presented to the president. Bronze Tablet honorees are distinguished by orange and blue braided cords, which are worn from the left shoulder and are provided courtesy of the Office of the Chancellor.

Seating and Conferring of Master’s Degrees and Advanced Certificates

All Master’s degree and Advanced Certificate candidates sit as a group in their designated area inside the stadium. Master’s degree recipients and candidates should wear their hoods into Memorial Stadium. Candidates rise as a group and are presented by the dean of the Graduate College to the president, who will confer the degrees.

Seating and Conferring of Doctoral Degrees (Ph.D., D.V.M., Ed.D., J.D., J.S.D., Aud.D., and A.Mus.D.)

All Doctoral degree recipients assemble as a group in ARC Gym 4 and line up as directed by Graduate College staff. Doctoral candidates process into the stadium following the platform party and are seated on the field of Memorial Stadium. The dean of the Graduate College asks the Doctoral candidates to rise and presents the candidates to the president, who confers the degrees.

Candidates should wear their hoods.