Commencement is a dignified ceremony marking a special time in a student’s career. Those students who join their classmates at commencement will be expected to behave in a manner befitting the occasion. Guests are also asked to maintain decorum commensurate with a formal event.
To participate in the commencement, you must maintain decorum. This means: no signs, no fireworks, no bottles, no beach balls, no balloons, no cans, no drugs, and no alcohol. Graduates choosing not to abide by these rules will not be allowed in the Home Depot Center or will be escorted from the ceremony.
Please remain in your seat for the entire ceremony. Movement on the Home Depot Center floor is distracting to the guests in the stands, and it is disrespectful to the speakers. If for some important reason, you must leave the ceremony, please speak to one of the white-robed commencement assistants.
As a courtesy to those around you, our degree candidates and guests, please turn off pagers and cellular telephones during the ceremonies.
We ask your help in making the ceremony a pleasant experience for all by attentively considering the rights and feelings of the other participants and guests.
In light of the formality of commencement, all graduates are expected to wear the appropriate academic regalia: a black academic gown and a mortarboard (without personal accessories or messages).
Dress shirt (tie optional)
Dress shoes and socks
Dress, skirt or dark slacks and blouse
Dress shoes, etc.
Casual wear (i.e., blue jeans, Hawaiian print shirts, fluorescent colors, etc.) is not appropriate attire for this occasion.