In addition to requesting tickets,
students also should look into the items on this page to ensure
smooth sailing commencement day. Click the links below to expand
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 7, 2012. 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 13, 2013. 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
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, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 3 - 7 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 Wednesday, March 27 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
1-800-854-7464 or at the Butler Bookstore.
Proper Apparel for Commencement Day
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.
- 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 academic
- 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 (940-6570) in Atherton Union (Room 004).
Single country sashes are $32.00 and dual country sashes are $43.00
and must be ordered by March 29, 2013.
Students interested in wearing a Kente cloth stole should
contact the Efromyson Diversity Center at 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), Hinkle Fieldhouse
Please note that access to the main gym, 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
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 11, 2013,
please call the Hinkle Fieldhouse Athletic Information office,
Emergency Medical Technicians will be located in the Sports
Medicine office, room 107, of Hinkle Fieldhouse.
If an emergency causes a graduating student to arrive after the
academic procession has started, please report to the Athletic
Information Office (317-940-9375) in the Fieldhouse, inside Gate
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