Summary of the Ceremony

Length of ceremony

Approximately three hours.

ProcessionGraduate Processional

The academic procession will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. In preparation for the processional, access to the Butler Bowl sidewalks will be greatly reduced at 9:30 a.m. Guests are encouraged to visit the restrooms and concessions prior to this time and return to their seats to see the faculty and student processional. At 10:00 a.m. members of the graduating class will process into the Butler Bowl and be seated upon reaching the reserved area. They will stand for the "National Anthem." Men will remove their caps for the "National Anthem" and put them on immediately after. 

Order of the Degree Conferral

  • Master's Degrees
  • Doctoral Degrees
  • Associate Degrees
  • Bachelors Degrees in liberal arts and sciences, education, business administration, pharmacy and health sciences, arts, and communication.

Ceremony Procedure

The graduates will be asked to stand and be presented to the president of the university for the conferral of their degrees. At this point, it is appropriate for graduating students receiving their first degree to change their tassel from the right side to the left side of their cap. Candidates will be ushered to the stage where the President will present the degrees while the deans read the names, and where appropriate, Latin, and/or departmental honors. Graduates walk across the stage, receive their diplomas, and return to their seats in the reserved areas.

Commencement Day Instructions

Students can find commencement day instructions here.