Commencement is not only an exciting time for students but also for faculty as they have the privilege of joining in the celebration of their students’ achievements. This is the first time many of our graduates will be on campus and they look forward to meeting you at the various events that are held during the weekend across campus. Your participation in commencement is appreciated and does not go unnoticed.
All faculty participating in the weekend events will be required to provide their own regalia. Regalia can be purchased online or on-campus. Sales will begin early in the spring semester and all orders must be placed by April 13. This deadline is set to ensure that you will receive your regalia in time for Commencement. Purchases can also be made at the on-campus, Barnes and Noble bookstore up until the day of Commencement. We encourage you to purchase your regalia in advance and do not recommend that you wait until the week of Commencement, as there may be limited availability of the specific regalia colors or items that you need.
Faculty are encouraged to park closest to your second ceremony location so that you will be able to exit campus more quickly following your ceremony. Handicapped parking will be available in the Speakman and Furnace lots on Main Campus. If needed, there will be golf carts available to transport you to the stadium. Any handicap faculty that need transportation to the field must be seated by 8:45 am so that they are in place before the student processional begins. Golf carts will not be available until 30 minutes after the close of the main ceremony.
The graduation reception will take place in the LaHaye Multipurpose Center. All faculty are invited to attend this event to meet and welcome the graduates and their families.
The faculty will be seated on the floor of the Vines Center court. Faculty should be seated by 5:45 p.m. All faculty members should be dressed in full regalia for this event.
The faculty will process from the Osbourne stadium at 9:30 a.m. Faculty should be in full regalia for this event. Please be in contact with the head of your individual departments regarding requirements and further information on the degree ceremonies and other events happening for the second ceremonies. Food services will be available starting at breakfast time for faculty, staff, and guests on Commencement day. Reber-Thomas Dining Hall will be opened for breakfast from 6-8 a.m. just for faculty, staff, and students.