Commencement is a special time for our graduates and guests. The participation of members of the faculty emphasizes the value and importance of the guidance, leadership, and support given to our students.

Ways to Participate

Faculty may participate in the commencement ceremonies in the following ways.

Faculty Marshalls

These faculty members are invited by the deans to be part of the undergraduate processional. They lead each school's candidates to their seats and remain with them throughout the ceremony.

General Faculty

Participate in the Academic Procession and are seated either with the candidates on the arena floor (undergraduate) or on the stage (all others) during the graduation.

Academic Procession for Faculty

The academic procession, consisting of candidates and participating faculty will assemble when the doors open, one hour before the ceremony begins and will be led into the arena by the grand marshal.

The Black Velvet Lounge on the second floor of the BB&T Center and the Performance Theater of the Farquhar College of Arts & Sciences’ Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) wing on the first floor of the Don Taft University Center serve as faculty staging areas.