Senior Lecturer FAQ
How do I order regalia and register to participate in Commencement?
The online form to register to march and order regalia is now open—please tell us your plans by May 13.
Is there someone with whom I can talk about participation and my role that day? I’d like to learn more and/or have specific questions.
Leslie Kolodziejski, Faculty Marshal, is available to address any questions you may have. Kindly send her an email. If you have general questions about Commencement logistics or arrangements, please direct them to Gayle Gallagher, Executive Officer for Commencement.
Where do I pick up and return my rented regalia?
Information about regalia rental may be found on the regalia and tickets page.
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 7, by 9:15 am for robing and assembly; the procession departs at 9:45 am. Continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 am. Details about Commencement and Hooding procedures will be emailed to all participating faculty and assistants as the date approaches.
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 2 pm. The names of graduates are read in alternating order between undergraduates and Master’s candidates.
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.