Faculty participation

All faculty are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony as part of the faculty honor processional. Faculty participants should arrive no later than 8:00 am to allow time for check in and seating.

Regalia rentals

If you are attending the main commencement ceremony, you will be able to rent regalia for free.

You can also rent regalia through this site if you are only attending your departmental convocation, but if you don't check in at the main commencement ceremony your department will be charged the rental fee for your regalia. The price to rent regalia varies by your needs, but is usually around $70.

What to expect the day of the ceremony

You will enter the arena and check in with event staff no later than a half hour before the ceremony begins. You will wait in the reception area with the platform group and graduating PHD/MFA students. Refreshments will be provided. At the beginning of the ceremony you will be escorted onto the floor to be seated.

If you are hooding a PHD/MFA student, you will not process to the floor as part of the main faculty honor processional. You will instead be lined up with any students you are hooding, and will enter the arena to sit with them on the floor.


For more information about parking, visit the parking information page.

Special Accommodations

The nearest ADA accessible parking spaces are west of the arena. Cars with state-issued handicap placards are allowed to park in any designated parking space.