Candidates

Presentation of Degrees

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods over their left arm and wear the tassel on the left. Their degrees will be presented first. During the ceremony the Provost will introduce the Dean of the Graduate School who will present the candidates to President Hanbury.

Candidates will proceed to the stage. The announcer will call out each name and he/she will be hooded by pre-selected faculty. After each is hooded and congratulated by the President or Dean, a photograph will be taken. Candidates will exit the stage and return to their seat.

Master/Specialist Degrees

Master's and Specialist degree candidates will wear their hoods during the entire ceremony with the tassel to the left. The conferral of these degrees will follow the conferral of doctoral degrees. During the ceremony, the Provost will individually introduce the Dean of each school to present the candidates for graduation to President Hanbury.

Candidates will proceed to the stage. The announcer will call out each name. The candidate will walk toward the center of the stage, be congratulated by the President or Dean, and have a photograph taken. Candidates will exit the stage and return to their seat.

Baccalaureate Degrees

For the undergraduate degree ceremony, all baccalaureate candidates wear a cap and gown with the tassel on the right. During the presentation of the baccalaureate degrees, the Provost will individually introduce the dean of each school to present the candidates to President Hanbury.

Candidates will proceed to the stage. The announcer will call out each name. The candidate will walk toward the center of the stage, be congratulated by the President or Dean, and have a photograph taken. Candidates will exit the stage and return to their seat.

Ceremony Closing

To signify the closing of each ceremony, President Hanbury will ask candidates to rise at their seats for the conferral of degrees. Upon conferral, only undergraduate candidates will be asked to move their tassels from the right side to the left side of their caps. Degree conferral is an important part of commencement. To insure you do not miss the actual conferring of your degree, please make sure that you schedule a sufficient amount of time. Ceremonies are usually two or three hours in length.