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Presentation of Degrees

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral candidates will have a family or friend place their hoods over their heads prior to entrance or place it on in the line up area and wear the tassel on the left. There will be not hooding on stage for this years commencement. 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 not proceed to the stage, but will stand up as their name is called and a Photo will be taken with the hood already on. 

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 not proceed to the stage, but will stand up as their name is called and a Photo will be taken with the hood already on.

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 not proceed to the stage, but will stand up as their name is called and a Photo will be taken with the hood already on.

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 less than two-and-a-half hours in length.

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