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Rehearsal will be on Thursday, June 11th at 4:00 p.m. We will meet in the Student Recreation Center. You will pick up your 4 tickets, go through the entire process of lining up, walking on stage to receive your diploma to leaving the stage in Prosper Hall.

Graduates should arrive by 10:30 a.m. to ensure that you are ready for the ceremony at 12:00 p.m. You will meet in the gymnasium of the Student Recreation Center, to line up and prepare to enter the auditorium. You will be walking with graduates of the same degree, so it is important to be in the proper order.

  • Doors will open at 11:00 am. Family members with tickets should plan to be seated by 11:45 a.m. Once the academic procession begins, late arrivals will be asked to wait until all the graduates have been seated, before proceeding into the auditorium. It is, therefore, advisable for guests to arrive well before the start of commencement. Once the auditorium has reached capacity guests will be directed to the Hales Center for overflow seating. 
  • The ceremony should end by 1:30 p.m.  A reception will follow in Henry Hanson Union Square. 
  • If children become restless, families may take them to the Student Recreation lobby. Children must be under an adult's supervision as child care is not provided.
  • Please request special accommodations before June 1, 2020 in order for us to meet your needs.
  • You will receive your diploma 2-3 weeks after all grades are submitted, all accounts are paid in full and holds are taken care of. 
  • LIVE STREAMING  via LiveSteam will be available for those that can not attend.  

There is an Inter-Collegiate code which sets out a detailed uniform scheme of academic dress, but not all colleges follow it. Doctoral robes are typically black, although some schools use robes in the school's colors. In general, doctoral gowns are similar to the gowns worn by master's graduates, with the addition of velvet stripes across the sleeves and running down the front of the gown, tinted with the disciplinary color for the degree received. The robes have full sleeves trimmed with bands of velvet instead of the bell sleeves of the master's gown. Some gowns open more at the front to display a tie or cravat while others take an almost cape-like form.

In the US, academic dress is rarely worn outside commencement ceremonies. In many American schools, the color of the hood represents the school or department that the wearer is graduating from. A number of other items, cords or sashes, may be also seen worn, representing various academic achievements.

The tassel worn on the mortarboard may indicate the university's colors, or the colors of the specific college or discipline from which the student is graduating.

The colors allocated to the various academic disciplines have been largely standardized, and are:

  • Agriculture - Maize
  • Arts, Letters, Humanities - White
  • Business - Tan
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business - Drab
  • Dentistry - Lilac
  • Economics - Copper
  • Education - Light Blue
  • Engineering - Orange
  • Fine Arts - Brown
  • Forestry - Russet
  • Journalism - Crimson
  • Law - Purple
  • Library Science - Lemon
  • Medicine - Green
  • Music - Pink
  • Nursing - Apricot
  • Oratory (Speech) - Silver Gray
  • Pharmacy - Olive Green
  • Philosophy - Dark Blue
  • Physical Education - Sage Green
  • Public Administration - Peacock Blue
  • Public Health - Salmon Pink
  • Science - Golden Yellow
  • Social Work - Citron
  • Theology - Scarlet
  • Veterinary Science

The tassel is initially worn on the right side of the graduation cap. Once the student has officially graduated the tassel is moved to the left side.  This designation is for Associate and Bachelor degrees.  The process is reversed for Master and Doctorate degrees.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society. 

Graduating with Honors – Students must meet the criteria for graduation and have a 3.75 cumulative GPA. Cumulative GPA includes all transfer credits from other colleges. All coursework from other colleges is included in the cumulative GPA, regardless of applicability to current coursework.