Have there been changes to this year’s ceremonies?
Yes! In previous years, Doctoral candidates received their diplomas with all other graduates during Friday’s Commencement Ceremony. In 2019, Doctoral candidates will receive both their diplomas and their hoods during a stand-alone ceremony on Thursday (i.e., the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods ceremony becomes the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral ceremony).
The new Thursday format will take place in Killian Court. Doctoral candidates and their guests are still invited to attend Commencement on Friday, but their degrees will not be conferred on stage that day.
How do I register to participate in Commencement and/or the Hooding/Degree Conferral ceremony?
An online form to register will be available on these pages ~April 15.
Is there someone with whom I can talk about participation and my roles those days? 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 and Hooding/Degree Conferral logistics or arrangements, please direct them to Gayle Gallagher, Executive Officer for Commencement.
I’m new to all of this and have never participated before. Is it appropriate for me to sign up?
Absolutely! Whether this is your first Commencement or your twentieth, we welcome faculty members at all levels of appointment—as well as emeriti colleagues who wish to join us.
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 faculty on Commencement morning?
Faculty 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/Degree Conferral procedures will be emailed to all participating faculty and assistants approaching the event dates.
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 students.
Do I need a ticket to participate in Commencement?
If you are marching in the Commencement procession, you do not need a ticket. Due to the increase over recent years in the number of graduates and their guests at the Exercises, faculty guest tickets are no longer offered as a matter of course. However, individual faculty 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 faculty to find a way to greet special students.
Can I leave the stage and return during Commencement?
Faculty 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?
Graduates, guests, and faculty are invited to the individual School and department receptions held across campus.
Where do I go to assemble for the Hooding/Degree Conferral ceremony?
With the changes to this year’s format, details are still being finalized. Additional information will be added to these pages ~April 15. Please check back at that time.
Who invests the hoods of Doctoral candidates at the Hooding/Degree Conferral ceremony?
Either the department head or the department’s representative invests the hoods.
Do I need a ticket for the Hooding/Degree Conferral ceremony?
Tickets are not required for the Hooding/Degree Conferral ceremony.
Further questions? Please send a note to email@example.com.