Rex Pyles Coliseum    Saturday, May 10, 2014        1:00 p.m.

REPORT no later than 12:30 p.m. to the following areas:
GRADUATES:   Report to Room 207, Withers-Brandon
FACULTY:   Report to Room 121, Withers-Brandon
PLATFORM PARTICIPANTS:    Chesser Lounge – 1st Floor, Burbick Hall
BRASS ENSEMBLE AND QUARTET(S):   Coliseum

In case of rain, alternate instructions will be posted on the doors of Withers-Brandon.

**The order of march for Commencement is Faculty (according to rank-emeriti, professors to instructors), Administrative Officers, Junior Escorts, Graduates, and Platform Participants.  The procession will begin from W-B where the platform participants will process to W-B and join the procession to the Coliseum for Commencement.

Special Instructions for Graduates
The Master of Science for Physician Assistant Studies candidates will be the first group to be awarded their degrees.  Then, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will say, "And now, Mr. President, I should like to present the members of the 2014 graduating class who are candidates for their respective degrees”.  At this point, the class will rise as a group.  After the President responds, all graduates except the first row will be seated.  Graduating men should put on their caps and leave them on throughout the remainder of the ceremony.  The first row, which has remained standing, will proceed immediately to the steps of the stage on their right in single file, ascend the steps, one at a time.  When your name is called according to the order listed in the Commencement program, walk across stage, and extend your left arm to be hooded by the Program Director.  Then proceed to walk towards the President, grasp your diploma with your left hand, and at the same time extend your right hand to receive congratulations.  Cross the platform, descend the left hand steps and return to your seat.  When only three graduates in the first row remain to receive diplomas, the second row will stand and proceed to the right hand steps as the first row had done.  Other rows will proceed likewise until all graduates receive their diplomas.

At the direction of the Senior Class President, seniors will move their tassels from the right side of the mortarboards to the left side.

Master Hoods:   Master graduates should have their hood neatly folded over their left arm, during the commencement processional, which will leave your right hand free to shake hands as you go through the faculty/staff receiving line.  As you rise to go on stage to receive your diploma, again, please drape the hood over your left arm.  You will be hooded first.  Extend your left arm and the person will proceed to hood you.  Then you will walk across the stage where the President will present you with your diploma. Since you already are a graduate, tassels shouls be worn on the left side. You will not need to participate in the turning of the tassel with the undergraduates.
(Someone will be there to assist you as you are lining up, so that all hoods will look similar.)

The Academic Recession
After the singing of the Alma Mater, we will move into the recessional in the following order:  platform personnel will lead the way, followed by the Graduates, Faculty, Administrative Officers, and Trustees as guided by the Junior Escorts.

Future Dates:

2015 Commencement: Saturday, May 9, 2015