Mandatory Attendance at Graduation Rehearsal

ALL students who have been certified for December 2016 graduation and plant to attend the Commencement exercise must attend and participate in Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, December 15, 2016. If they do not attend Graduation Rehearsal, they will not be prepared to participate in the December 16, 2016, Commencement Exercises.

Students should report for Rehearsal promptly at the following times and locations:

Graduate Degree (Doctorate and Master’s Degree) Candidates: Candidates for the doc­torate and the master’s degree will rehearse on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Hill Field House.

Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor’s Degree) Candidates: Candidates for the bachelor’s degree will rehearse on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Hill Field House.


At Rehearsal, candidates will receive the following:

Instructions and Practice on Graduation Protocol: Candidates will receive instructions and practice on wearing academic regalia, being hooded, conferring of degrees, and crossing the stage to receive their diploma tube and be photographed.

Certification Cards, Admit Cards and Verification of Participation Cards: At the end of the Rehearsal, candidates will receive their Certification Cards (authorizing them to participate in the Commencement Exercises), Admit Cards, and Verification of Participation Cards, which they will hand to the ushers as they leave the Exercises during the Recessional-. Photo ID is required to pick up all materials


At the end of the Graduation Rehearsals for graduate students at 9:00 a.m. and under­graduate students at 10:30 a.m., graduates will pose for the official Class of December 2016 Photographs. For this purpose, students must bring their caps, gowns and hoods and must be dressed in appropriate attire for posing for the Class Photo after the rehearsal. Proper attire is requested.

The Class Photos will be available for downloading without charge on the Commencement Website a few days after Commencement