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Instructions to Candidates


The moment you have been waiting for is finally here —your graduation and the Commencement Exercises of 2015.  Please remember that there are two ceremonies: 10:00 AM for the Schools of Business and Health Sciences, and another at 3:00 PM for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering Technology (Please check the main commencement page for a list of curricula for each School). We want this day to be perfect for you and for your family. The following is a list of "MUSTS" for all potential diploma candidates.

File your " Intent to Graduate " form with the Registrar's Office before the close of business on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Failure to meet the deadline will result in your name being omitted from the Commencement Program, and prevent you from receiving your actual diploma. 

There will be several Senior Days in the Spring. Please watch this web page for the dates when they are finalized. You will be able to:

    • Check the spelling of your name for the Commencement Program.
    • ORDER YOUR CAPS AND GOWNS, HOODS, Tassels, College Ring, Diploma Case, etc.
    • Check the potential Latin Honors list to see whether you have qualified.
    • Get information about your Commencement video and photos
    • Purchase tickets to  THE FAREWELL BALL.
    • Join the Alumni Association.
    • Enjoy refreshments.
    • Make arrangements for any guests with disabilities.

Ticket Distribution:

Tickets will be distributed between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM in the Campus Center Lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5, 2015 and May 6, 2015. All students are entitled to six (6) tickets.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets during the designated times, then you must contact the Dean of Students office at to make other arrangements. There may be a very limited supply of extra tickets.  If there are any, these will be made available during the week of May 11, 2015.  You will need to visit the Dean of Students office in Laffin 314 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday-Friday.  If you are unable to visit the Dean of Students office for extra tickets you will need to email so other arrangements can be made.

Purchase your Commencement Caps, Gowns and Hoods as soon as possible to ensure you will have them for the ceremony. Please contact the bookstore on or after Monday, April 13 so that you can begin to purchase your caps and gowns.

Arrive at Nold Hall Auxiliary gym at 8:15 AM (for the 10:00 AM ceremony) or at 1:45 PM ( for the 3:00 PM ceremony) for check in, instructions and line up.  Please enter through the main doors of the building.

The ceremony usually lasts about two and one half hours or less. Then, please join the campus community for a reception on the Great Lawn between Nold and Roosevelt Halls.

Please let your guests know that no backpacks, coolers or umbrellas will be allowed into the graduation area.  Additionally, all individuals may be subject to search prior to admittance.

Students must pick up caps and gowns prior to commencement. We will continue to update you between now and Commencement with important notices. Visit the website for new developments so that we can all make your Commencement a special and memorable occasion.