Doctoral and Graduate

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 3:00 p.m.


The Doctoral and Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 on Maguire Campus.

Arrival and Vesting of Graduates

Registration and vesting will be in Campion in the Fishbowl.  Use the entrance across from the chapel, go downstairs and to your right.  Academic attire is required for this ceremony. Please vest by wearing your cap and robe. Do not wear your hood, but carry it with you.

Arrival of guests

Families and Guests should be seated on Curran Field.


At registration each student will receive a name card that will be used to announce his or her name during the ceremony.

Academic Procession

The faculty marshals will request that all graduates line up for the procession. Students should carefully ensure they are in the correct set of lines by program and college.

Upon arrival in the main tent, the faculty marshals for each school will lead the procession to the graduate seating area, and direct participants to an open row.

Program of Ceremony

Components of the ceremony include: the singing of the National Anthem, an invocation, speeches and remarks from classmates and administrators, a major address and honorary degree presentation, the conferral of degrees, the announcement of graduates, and a concluding blessing. Check back for commencement speaker information.

The Doctoral Hooding and Conferral Ceremony

At the appointed time in the program, the appropriate dean will present students receiving Doctoral degrees in Education to the  President by inviting them to stand and approach the stage. Each candidate will then walk on to the stage and meet the faculty member who chaired his or her dissertation committee. The two will move center where the  President will confer the degree on the candidate. At this time, the chair of the dissertation committee will hood the graduate and present the degree certificate. The graduate may then continue to the opposite end of the platform to exit the stage and return to his or her seat.

Conferral and Presentation of Masters

Following the conferral and presentation of the Doctoral degrees, the appropriate dean will present the degree candidates from each school to the President, who will officially confer the “said degrees” on the graduates. Following this conferral, the dean will instruct the graduates to “don their hoods”. This is the time for graduates to put on the hood they have carried with them.

Upon direction from the faculty marshals, graduates will approach the stage for the presentation of degrees. Graduates must have their name card with them at this time. Each college will be called separately, and each name will be read individually. Following the reading of each name, the student is asked to proceed quickly to the center of the stage, shake hands with the President, receive the rolled certificate, exit at the opposite end of the stage, and return to his or her seat.

Conclusion and Recessional

Following the benediction, the stage party and faculty will lead the procession to conclude the ceremony. The faculty marshals will instruct graduates to leave the seating area and follow the procession to the Cardinal Avenue parking lot.

Severe Inclement Weather Plan

This ceremony is scheduled as a “rain or shine” event. Severe inclement weather may, however, change the location of the event to the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena. Graduate will assemble in the Multipurpose Room of Hagan Arena at 1:30 p.m. Information on the status of the ceremony is available by calling the university’s weather line at 610-660-3333.