Be sure to bring your cap and gown, and floor passes wit you and that you have provided your guests with their tickets.
Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire program, which will last approximately 90 minutes.
There is no Commencement rehearsal. Therefore, the instructions listed below and the directions that will be given to you the day of the ceremony for line-up, marching and the awarding of degrees should be followed carefully.
Undergraduates must line up in the lower level (basement) of Sondheim Hall by 9 a.m. When you arrive at Sondheim Hall, follow signage to the area designated for the department your major is in. Undergraduates march in alphabetical order by department.
The procession begins promptly at 9:40 a.m., at which time the candidates will lead the faculty and staff and Platform Party processions into the arena. Commencement staff volunteers will direct students to their seats.
When it is time to receive acknowledgement of the degrees, a commencement staff volunteer will escort each row of candidates to the ramps that will be used to walk onto the stage. You must bring your gold floor pass with you to the ceremony and keep it with you at all times. Floor passes will be provided to you when you pick up your regalia and your tickets. No one will be allowed to participate in Commencement without a floor pass. Do not bring flags, signs or other visible distractions on the stage as these items will be confiscated. When you reach the top of the stairs, hand your floor pass to the Commencement staff volunteer who will then hand the card to the reader. When your name is called, proceed toward center stage where President Hrabowski and Provost Rous will be standing with other guests to congratulate you with a handshake. You will then exit the stage via the center stairs and return to your seat on the arena floor.
Graduates who require special seating arrangements due to wheelchair use or mobility limitations need to contact Erin Johnson at 410-455-5897 or email@example.com.
Important Note: Leave all valuables at home or with a friend or family member when you arrive at the RAC. There will be no secured area for personal belongings, such as coats, cameras, purses or book bags. Smoking is not permitted inside the RAC.