LAS Commencement Instructions for Faculty

Participating faculty fall into one of three groups:

  • Departmental marshals (assigned by executive officers)
  • Doctoral advisors
  • Processional faculty

Departmental Marshals

Obtain your academic attire, if needed, from the faculty robing area on the lower concourse of the Pavilion. Enter through Gate 2, located at the far right of the main doors.

Check in and assemble in the Pavilion Parking Structure at 1100 West Harrison Street. A check-in table will be set up to direct you.

By 9:15 a.m., be in position according to department placards located in the Pavilion Parking Garage.

Doctoral Advisors

Obtain your academic attire, if needed, from the faculty robing area on the lower concourse of the Pavilion. Enter through Gate 2, located far right of the main doors.

By 9:30 a.m., locate your candidate(s) in the Pavilion Parking Structure. There will be a designated area for candidates for doctoral degrees. For the processional, you should walk on the right side of your candidate(s). March in and sit with your candidate(s).

You will hood your candidate(s) on stage. At the appropriate time during the ceremony, candidates and their advisors will line up at the foot of the stage and approach the lectern together. Marshals and staff will guide you. As you and your candidate advance, the name and degree title of the candidate will be announced, and you should both approach stage center. At stage center, you and a Graduate College dean will hood the candidate. The candidate will shake Dean Colley's hand and exit the stage. You will exit the stage with your candidate or, if you have more than one candidate, you will step to the side and await your next candidate(s) to hood. 

Processional Faculty

Enter through Gate 2, located at the far right of the main doors by 9:30 a.m., and obtain your academic attire, if needed, from the faculty robing area on the lower concourse of the Pavilion.

By 9:40 form a double line behind the Platform Party of campus and college officials. Marshals and staff will guide you.

Recipients of the Silver Circle Awards will process immediately behind the executive officers.