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Ceremony Information for Students

It's your big day! Follow the directions below to make it go smoothly. 

Pre-Procession Checklist

  • Make sure you purchase the appropriate cap and gown from the EMU bookstore. Undergraduates wear green and graduates wear black.
  • You should have the name/address card you received with your tickets with you. Make sure you have filled it out completely and spelled your name phoenetically on the back. The card is used to announce you and mail your photo proof.
  • Make sure your guests have their tickets as they cannot enter the building without them.
  • Please do not bring any bags into the Convocation Center. Anything you arrive with is subject to search. Give coats, phones/cameras or other personal items to your guests to hold during the ceremony. You may not bring any items with you onto the Convocation Center floor and will not be able to return to the lower level rooms after the ceremony.
  • Food, beverages and selfie sticks are not permitted in the Convocation Center. 

Ceremony Timeline

  • 9–9:45 a.m. Arrive at the Convocation Center (Make sure to plan on extra time for traffic and parking.) Head downstairs, leaving any personal items (purses, bags, coats, etc.) with your family or friends.
  • 9:45–10 a.m. Assemble in the lower level of the Convocation Center. If you want to sit by a friend, make sure they are standing in front or behind you in line. 
  • 10:10 a.m. Processional into the Convocation Center arena begins.
  • 10:30 a.m. Commencement begins.

The Ceremony

  • Upon the request of the Provost, the candidates for bachelor's degree will stand as a group. After the presentation and acceptance by the representative of the Board of Regents, all persons should be seated.
  • The marshal will signal you to stand, one row at a time to come forward for your diploma cover.
  • You will walk to the stage and give your name/address card to the name reader. 
  • After your name is called, walk forward, take your diploma cover as your photo is taken and return to your chair.
  • Remain in seated throughout the ceremony.
  • Follow the direction of the marshals for the recessional.

After the Ceremony

  • You'll then be directed outside the Convocation Center. Make arrangements with your guests to meet at a designated spot outside after the ceremony has ended. You won't be able to go back into Convocation Center after the ceremony.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Convocation Center

10:30 a.m.

How to Wear Your Regalia

Cap and Gown

The gown must be hooked at the collar and remain hooked. The long point of the cap should be at the back with the tassel over the left temple. 

Hoods (Graduate Students)

Place the hood over your head so the narrow velvet edge is at your throat. Take the bottom part of the velvet in the back and flip just the velvet so the colored satin is exposed.

Dark shoes are preferred; flowers should not be worn.

Following the tradition, men should remove their caps during the national anthem.

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