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Ceremony Etiquette


Commencement is a formal occasion. Professional attire is recommended.

  • Slacks, skirts, dresses, blouses, collared shirt and tie are acceptable.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended, graduates will be walking long distances and standing for long periods of time.

All graduates participating in commencement are required to wear approved academic regalia.

  • Students not in compliance with standards will NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Presentation of Colors

Hats and caps should be removed, and everyone should stand during the presentation of the flag and singing of the National Anthem.

Conferral of Degrees

All candidates for graduation will rise as a group, when presented to the chancellor for conferral of degrees by their respective dean.

  • Diploma covers will be distributed during the ceremony.
  • Actual diplomas will be mailed approximately 10 weeks after commencement once degree requirements have been confirmed.

Food and Beverage

Light concessions will be available for purchase in the east lobby of the Vadalabene Center.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Please be sure to turn all electronic devices on silent mode or off to ensure all guests enjoy the commencement activities.

Seating and Applause

Saving seats is strictly prohibited.

  • All members of one’s party must be in attendance to claim seats.

All guests are asked to hold applause and cheers until all graduates have crossed the stage.

  • Out of respect for all graduates and their families, noise makers will be confiscated.

Please be respectful of these rules and of those who enforce them.


GradImages is the authorized photographer for commencement.

  • All graduates will have their photo taken as they receive their diploma covers, a posed photo with their diploma as they leave the platform, and a formal portrait.
  • You may pre-register with GradImages.
    • Graduates can register up to six people to receive access to their portraits.

After the ceremony, photos may be ordered online at or by phone at (800) 261‑2576.

Guests may take photos from their seats, but will not be permitted to approach the stage or stand in aisles/walkways/doorways.

  • For the safety of all of our guests, aisles/walkways/doorways must be kept clear at all times.

Please be respectful of these rules and of those who enforce them.

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