Each ceremony lasts approximately two hours and will include short addresses by distinguished speakers, the conferring of degrees, and the recessional. The ceremony will begin promptly with the academic procession and the entry of candidates. Members of the official party will sit on stage; candidates and hooders will be seated on chairs in the audience facing the stage. Each graduate will be presented on stage, be hooded, cross the stage to receive their “diploma” from the Chancellor, and return to his or her seat. If you have a hooder, they will accompany you at all times. The stage party and faculty will lead the recessional, followed by the graduates. At the conclusion of the ceremony graduates will have one hour to take photos with their guests, faculty, and fellow colleagues.
More specific instructions will be emailed to graduates approximately one month before the ceremony.
Each graduate will receive 25 personalized announcements with matching envelopes in the mail approximately one month prior to commencement. There is no charge for these announcements.
There are five honor designations for which graduates will receive honor cords: SGA representative, Gold Humanism Honor Society member, Iota Epsilon Alpha Honor Society member, Scholarly Activity, and Research Designation. Honor cords will be given out in the lobby of Lincoln Center on graduation day. Graduates will receive an honor cord voucher with their tickets in mid-May.
If you receive an honors designation for GPA (Honors, Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude), this will be noted in the commencement program.
All students who have met all graduation eligibility requirements will have their names printed in the program. Commencement programs will be available to pick up on graduation day and will be distributed by ushers at Lincoln Center as guests arrive at David Geffen Hall.
If for any reason a student cannot attend graduation, they may request a program be mailed to them after the ceremony. This request must be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Conduct During the Ceremony
Commencement is a time to celebrate and enjoy your achievement. It is also a time to reflect on that achievement and to acknowledge the help and support provided by family, friends, faculty, and staff. You are asked to honor the spirit of this important occasion by conducting yourself in a manner that is respectful of your guests and the guests of others, of your fellow graduates, and of yourself. Thank you for your help in making this day meaningful for all.
Lincoln Center offers special seating arrangements for those with mobility problems. Please email email@example.com at least two months prior to the ceremony with the following information:
- Name of graduate
- Name and number of guests requiring handicapped accessible seating (total party)
- Which ceremony you are attending
- Phone number where party can be reached on graduation day
- Notes on accommodations needed (For example, walks with difficulty, uses wheelchair, uses motorized scooter, etc.)
Lincoln Center will allow those with special seating arrangements to enter David Geffen Hall 15 minutes prior to general seating to allow guests ample time to be seated.