Senior Lecturer FAQ
How do I register to participate in Commencement?
Registration to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will open in mid-April. We invite you to visit these pages again next spring.
Where do I pick up and return my rented regalia?
Information about regalia rental will be made available on these pages in mid-April.
Where is assembly for Senior Lecturers on Commencement morning?
Senior Lecturers are asked to report to the assembly tent on Kresge Oval on Friday, June 9, between 8:45 am and 9:15 am for robing and assembly. Continental breakfast will be available. Further detail about arrangements, including those that pertain to security, will be sent directly to participants by Professor Paul Lagace.
How long are the Commencement Exercises?
The Commencement Exercises, which officially begin as the Academic Procession enters Killian Court at 10 am, conclude at approximately 1:30 pm. The names of graduates are read in alternating order between undergraduates and graduates.
Do I need a ticket to participate in Commencement?
No. If you are marching in the Academic Procession, you will be seated on the stage so you do not need a ticket. Please note: Due to the increase over recent years in the number of graduates and their guests at the Exercises, the Commencement Committee regrets that senior lecturer guest tickets will no longer be offered as a matter of course. However, individual requests will be reviewed by Chancellor Eric Grimson—kindly send a note with the pertinent details.
Can I greet a special graduating student at Commencement?
There is limited space for moving on stage during the ceremony, but our faculty marshals work to allow Senior Lecturers to find a way to greet special students.
Can I leave the stage and return during Commencement?
Senior Lecturers are an important part of the greeting during Commencement and are therefore asked to remain on stage. However, if you need to leave, there are stairs off the back of the stage and the faculty marshals can help you leave and return to stage once the actual awarding of degrees begins.
What happens after Commencement?
All are invited to the individual School and department receptions held across campus.