Graduate Ceremony Information

The details below for Commencement 2017 are being updated.

Accessibility for Students

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Accessible Parking

The drop-off location for people with accessibility needs are Lot G, which is located off of Cleveland Avenue between Portland and Ashland avenues, and the Anderson Student Center turnaround off Cretin Avenue, just north of the Summit Avenue intersection.

For safety reasons, droff-off or pick-up on Summit Avenue or Cretin Avenue North will not be permitted.

Guests who have state-issued disability parking permits may park in Lot G. Surface parking lots with red or yellow signs also have state-issued parking permit stalls. Parking at these locations are on a first-come first-served basis.

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Accessible Seating

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Additional Accommodations

There will be American Sign Language interpretation throughout the ceremony.


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Balloons and Noise Makers

Balloons and noise makers are prohibited at all ceremonies.

Candidate Attire

In keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, graduates must wear university-issued academic regalia, including cap and gown. Only university-issued honor cords, medallions, and pins are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other oversized personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not acceptable. Jeans and flip-flops are not acceptable.

The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground, and without any additional modification to the appearance. Candidates receiving their bachelor’s degrees should wear the tassel on the right side. It is moved to the left side at the designated time.

Cap and Gown

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Ceremony Schedule

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Commencement Mass

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Graduate Program Coordinators

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Hood Return

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Live Streaming Video

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Do not leave valuables in the line-up area during the ceremony.

Wear comfortable shoes with low heels. You will be walking up the stairs from Schoenecker Arena to the field house during the procession.

Do not bring items into the field house that might distract from the dignity of the ceremony, or create any action that interferes with the ceremony. Thank you for demonstrating your support and giving the ceremony the dignity and honor that it deserves.

Important Note: Possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited during the procession and ceremony.

Newspaper Announcements of Graduates

Newspaper announcements of graduates will be issued for all verified students. Please note that the list of verified students will not be available until approximately one month after the end of the spring semester. In addition, it can take two to four weeks to process and mail the list. Publication is at the discretion of local newspapers. If you have questions regarding the releases, please contact Brittany Stojsavljevic at


Please notify your graduate program coordinator if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.


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A professional photographer from GradImages has been hired by the university and will take your picture as you receive your diploma. Proofs will be sent to your permanent address and via email three to five days after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or at

Picture-taking by graduates, family members or friends on or near the stage is prohibited.

Picture Taking

Picture-taking on or near the stage is prohibited.


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Tassels and Hoods

Tassels will be distributed when students pick up their caps and gowns. Tassel color is determined by degree program. Tassels are worn on the left side of the cap. The colors are listed below.

White: arts and letters, humanities, Catholic studies
Scarlet: theology, peace and justice
Drab: business
Light blue: education
Gold: Doctor of Education
Orange: engineering
Citron: social work
Brown: fine arts
Pink: music

Master’s-degree candidates will receive their hoods during line-up on the day of commencement. Education Specialist candidates will receive their hoods when they pick up their caps, gowns and tassels. Education Specialist hood colors represent the schools in which they received their master’s degrees. Doctoral candidates are hooded on stage during the commencement ceremony. The colors of hoods are listed below.

White: arts and letters, English, music, Catholic studies
Scarlet: theology, Doctor of Ministry
Dark blue: business communication
Gold: software design and development
Light brown: business
Light blue: education, Doctor of Education, counseling psychology
Dark blue: Doctor of Counseling Psychology
Aqua: international studies
Citron: social work
Orange: manufacturing engineering


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Wheelchair Rental

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