In addition to requesting
tickets, students should also look into the items on
this page to ensure smooth sailing commencement day.
Candidates for associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist in
education, and doctor of pharmacy degrees are invited to
participate in the commencement exercises. A degree application
must be filed in the Office of Registration and Records, Jordan
Hall, Room 133 by December 6, 2013. If you have not done so, come
to the Office of Registration and Records immediately or submit the
If you find it necessary to have a degree conferred in absentia, the student must
present a petition to the dean of the appropriate college at least
two weeks before commencement. If the petition is approved, the
diploma may be picked up at the Office of Registration and Records,
Jordan Hall, room 133, after May 12, 2014. You may also contact the
Office of Registration and Records at (317) 940-9574 to have the
diploma mailed. Requests to mail diplomas must be submitted in
writing to Registration and Records.
Students must complete all Butler University obligations
(academic, financial and otherwise) prior to actually receiving
If you will complete your academic requirements in this calendar
year, you may petition the dean of your college to receive
permission to participate in the commencement ceremony, but you
will not actually receive a diploma.
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase and
pick up during the Grad Finale, Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 3:00
- 7:00 p.m. in the Atherton Union Reilly Room. No pre-order
of Caps and Gowns is needed; all of the necessary elements of your
order will be available during the Grad Finale event. Caps
and gowns not picked up during Grad Finale will be at the Butler
Bookstore beginning on Friday, March 28 until just before May
Commencement. The Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30
a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please call the Butler Bookstore for
any questions regarding cap and gown orders (317) 940-9228 for any
special event hours.
Announcements and rings may also be purchased from Jostens at
(800) 854-7464 or at the Butler Bookstore.
Proper Apparel for
Commencement is a dignified occasion. Good academic taste
requires that the cap be worn straight. The tassel should be on the
right side of the cap for candidates who have not received a
baccalaureate degree from any college or university. Those who have
received such a degree will wear the tassel on the left side.
Please dress accordingly. In selecting apparel:
- Women should remember that the hem of the gown is approximately
7 inches above the ankles. Dark shoes are preferred.
- High heels, stilettos, pumps, or heels are strictly prohibited
on the turf of the Butler Bowl. Please choose other styles of dark
- For men, dark shoes and socks, dark trousers, light-colored
shirts and appropriate ties are preferred. Men with a master's gown
should wear a dark coat under the gown, as the arms below the
elbows are visible.
- Corsages are not to be worn on academic attire.
Suggested guidelines for student
- The university approved mortar board and gown
- One university approved sash representing the country of a
study abroad experience, country of origin for international
students, or a Kente cloth stole
- One honor cord from one of Butler's recognized honor
- One honor cord representing magna, summa, or cum laude honors
- One pin, no larger than 1"x 1", approved by the PULSE office,
representing their affiliation to one of Butler's official student
International and Study Abroad Students
Students who are international students and those who have
studied abroad are encouraged to wear the international sash
representing their home country or the country where they studied.
Sashes may be ordered from an online order
form which needs to be deposited at the Efromyson
Diversity Center (317) 940-6570 in Atherton Union (Room 004).
Single country sashes are $34 and dual country sashes
are $45 plus shipping and handling (Priority Mail is $6.95, UPS is
$10.00). Orders must be placed before March 28, 2014 in order
to be received in time for Commencement.
Students interested in wearing a Kente cloth stole should
contact the Efromyson Diversity Center at (317) 940-6570 for
information on placing an order.
Candidates assemble in the Efroymson Family Gym
(formerly known as the West Gym) located at the west end of Hinkle
Fieldhouse by 9 a.m. Signs will designate each college. Please find
the seat with your name on it and sit down. Attendance is taken in
the (Efroymson Family Gym (formerly known as the West Gym). You
must be seated by 9:15 a.m. or your name will not be read during
the commencement ceremony. Honors cords will be distributed in the
gym. (The gym will be unattended during the ceremony, so please
give your valuables to a friend or family member before reporting
for the procession.) Please turn off your cell phones.
Time and site of ceremony
10:00 a.m. (EST), Butler Bowl
(stadium), adjacent to Hinkle Fieldhouse
Please note that access to the Butler Bowl, where the ceremony
occurs, will be greatly reduced at 9:30 a.m. Guests are strongly
encouraged to visit the restrooms and concessions prior to this
time and return to their seats in order to see the faculty and
Inclement Weather Contingency
Butler University administration will monitor the weather the
week leading up to commencement. Depending on the severity of the
weather, there are several possible ceremony scenarios:
- The ceremony may continue as scheduled in the Butler Bowl,
outdoors. (Free ponchos will be available for every guests seated
in the Butler Bowl.)
- The ceremony may by delayed (by four to six hours) and continue
in the Butler Bowl, outdoors.
- The ceremony may be moved indoors into Clowes Memorial
If the ceremony moves indoors, it
will be split into two ceremonies. At each ceremony, students will
process with their college, sit together as a class, and cross the
stage to receive their own individual diplomas.
- The first ceremony would begin at 10:00 a.m. and would feature
the following colleges and graduates: College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, College of Education, and College of Communication.
- The second ceremony would begin at 3:00 p.m. and would feature
the following colleges and graduates: College of Pharmacy and
Health Sciences, College of Business and Jordan College of the
On Commencement Day, May 10, 2014, the University
will notify graduates and guests of the ceremony's location and
time through the following vehicles: Butler Twitter accounts (@ButlerU
University website (www.butler.edu
); and the
graduating class email listserv. Graduates and guests may also call
317-940-6200 to hear a pre-recorded message about the day's
Should an emergency arise to prevent you from attending
commencement, please call the Office of Registration & Records,
Monday through Friday, (317) 940-9203. On Saturday, May 10, 2014,
please call the Commencement Information Desk (317) 940-6200.
Emergency Medical Technicians will be located in the Press Box
of the Butler Bowl.
If an emergency causes a graduating student to arrive after the
academic procession has started, please report to the Commencement
Information Desk (317) 940-6200 located near the entrance of the