Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation
Graduates process in their caps and gowns at the Baccalaureate ceremony.

Graduates

Main content start

Congratulations graduates. See below for important information. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Grad Tips

Commencement Weekend Do's

Dress comfortably. That includes shoes too. While there is generally no dress code requirement, most graduates opt to wear business casual attire under their robes (think slacks, dress shirt with or without a tie, blouse or skirt/dress) for Baccalaureate and Commencement and evening cocktail attire for Senior Dinner on the Quad. Remember that you will be standing in the lineup, walking quite far across various surfaces (gravel, pavement, grass) and sitting in the sun for extended periods of time, so make sure to wear clothing that is comfortable, not too warm, but will still look good in all of the photos you will take throughout the day (with and without your robe).

Travel light. Only bring what you need or leave valuables with family or friends. You will have to carry what you bring (as long as it meets the clear bag policy requirements) with you onto the field, plus you'll want to have an extra hand to pick up a program and bottle of water, so less is more. 

Arrive early. Gates open early and graduates are expected to arrive at least an hour prior to the procession start time. Avoid long lines at the entry and arrive early. Make sure you give yourself enough time to find parking, walk to the venue, go through security, grab a program/water and get into the lineup. You'll also want to factor in time to take photos and catch up with family and friends. Avoid the stress of rushing and arrive early.

Follow instructions. Make sure to read the candidate instructions ahead of time (will be posted on this page closer to the weekend). There will be different instructions for Advanced Degree graduates and Undergraduates, so pay close attention to the signs around the graduate lineup area, and to verbal instructions from Marshals and staff.

Make sure your phone is fully charged. Opportunities to charge will be few and far between, so you'll want to be sure to be fully charged before heading out the door so you can contact family and friends, take photos and get updates. 

Grad Tips

Commencement Weekend Don'ts

Don't bring bags or items that do not meet the clear bag requirements. Read the Public Safety Clear Bag Policy page for a list of prohibited bags and items. These items will not be allowed into the venue. Complimentary bag check will be available, but save yourself the hassle of getting turned away at the gate and having to wait in line to check your items by know what not to bring before you come.

Don't forget your student ID. Your student ID will be scanned at the graduate lineup gate to allow access to the field. If you don't have your ID you will need to check in separately at the solutions desk. Only eligible students/graduates will be allowed in the graduate lineup area, in the ceremony procession and on the field.

Don't forget your cap and gown. Academic attire (cap and gown) is required to be worn for participating in both Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies. To expedite entry into the venue, carry them, don't wear them through security and put them on once you are inside. There will NOT be extras available so if you don't have the proper regalia, you won't be allowed to participate. Another tip, take your regalia out of the bag ahead of time to ensure you have everything, and hang it up or give it an iron/steam to get out some wrinkles.

Don't forget to RSVP for events. Some events during the weekend may require RSVP or tickets, so be sure to confirm your attendance ahead of time for any events that may require it, such as Senior Dinner on the Quad.

Don't attend events if you are sick or experiencing COVID symptoms. The main Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed for anyone who is unable to attend.