Professor and Senior Lecturer FAQ

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you please visit the COVID-19 and Commencement 2020 plans page for the most up-to-date information. Thank you.

Professors (all levels of appointment) and senior lecturers are invited to march in the Academic Processions and to sit on stage at the Doctoral Ceremony and at Commencement.

  • Thursday, May 28: Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral, 10:30 am
  • Friday, May 29: Commencement Exercises (for Bachelor’s and Master’s candidates), 10 am

The online form to register to march and to order regalia will be available on the Regalia and Tickets page ~March 16.

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.

Absolutely! Whether this is your first Commencement or your twentieth, we welcome senior lecturers and professors at all levels of appointment, as well as emeriti colleagues who wish to join us.  

Information about regalia rental may be found on the regalia and tickets page.

Arrival and assembly details will be emailed directly to you by Leslie Kolodziejski, Faculty Marshal, a few days ahead of the ceremony. When you register to participate, please be sure to provide the name and email of any staff member whom you would like to receive a copy.

Report time and assembly will be ~9:25 am on May 29. Please note that this is subject to change as arrangements are finalized.

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 alphabetically by School, alternating Bachelor’s and Master’s degree recipients.

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 for Academic Advancement Eric Grimson—kindly send a note with the pertinent details.

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.

Please send your request to Leslie Kolodziejski.

Professors and senior lecturers are an important part of Commencement and the Doctoral Ceremony 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 awarding of degrees begins.

Graduates, guests, professors, and senior lecturers are invited to the individual School and department receptions held across campus. Those details will be added to the schedule page as they are finalized.

Arrival and assembly details will be emailed directly to you by Leslie Kolodziejski, Faculty Marshal, a few days ahead of the ceremony. When you register to participate, please be sure to provide the name and email of any staff member whom you would like to receive a copy.

Either the department head or the department’s representative invests the hoods.

We regret that it is not possible to honor requests to hood individual students: it is essential for the flow of the ceremony to adhere to this policy.

Tickets are not required for the Doctoral Ceremony.