Commencement FAQs

  • Q: How do I get on the graduation list?
    A: Submit an Application for Graduation by October 21, 2013, to the Student Hub. The application form is available on the Student Hub MyPortal page and in the Student Hub in Antonian Hall.

    Q: What is the difference between the Application for Graduation and submitting an RSVP for Commencement?
    A: The Application for Graduation will start the process of the internal review, called a grad audit, of your academic records. This will determine whether you have met all graduation requirements for your degree. It is the student's responsibility to turn in this form to the Student Hub by October 21, 2013. The Registrar's Office then puts your name on a graduation list and gives it to the Commencement Committee. The RSVP for Commencement is how the students notify us that they plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, and how many tickets they will need for their guests.Commencement FAQs
     
    Q: What do I do after I RSVP? RSVP begins November 4, 2013.
    A:
    Buy your cap and gown and arrive on time for the ceremony on graduation day. Undergraduate students who earned honors need to pick up their honors cords at the bookstore or at the check-in desk on graduation day.

    Q: Is there a rehearsal for Commencement?
    A:
    No. Please arrive one hour before Commencement and the volunteers will instruct you in what to do. Refer to the "Graduation Day" link at the right for information about the ceremony.

    Q: When will I receive my diploma?
    A:
    Diplomas will be mailed within 6 weeks after graduation. They will not be distributed on graduation day.

    Q: How long does Commencement last?
    A:
    Approximately two hours.

    Q: How many people can I invite to Commencement?
    A:
    Each graduate will receive up to eight tickets as requested via the RSVP form.

    Q: How are students who have earned honors recognized?
    A:
    Undergraduate students who have earned honors will wear an honors cord as part of their regalia. They will also have their honor announced after their name (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) on stage at Commencement.

    Q: May children attend Commencement?
    A:
    Children may attend Commencement, but they need a ticket. In order for the ceremony to be pleasant for everyone, please be prepared to remove fussy babies from the auditorium immediately.

    Q: Can my family take pictures during the ceremony?
    A:
    Photography is only permitted in areas where it does not disrupt the dignity of the ceremony. Photography is not permitted in the aisles where the faculty and students process in and out of the auditorium.