Frequently asked questions

How do I wear my tassel?

  • Tassel should be worn on the right side of your cap until the graduation class collectively moves the tassel from the right side to the left side of your tam or mortarboard. This will be done during the Graduation ceremony.

How do I wear my graduate hood?

  • Masters graduates wear their hoods. Doctoral and MFA graduates will process with the hood draped over their left arm. Hood should not be worn until the PhD or MFA hooding during the ceremony.

Can I get help putting on my regalia?

  • Faculty, Marshal’s and Platform members can get assistance with their regalia (hood, gown, cap) by Josten’s Representatives who will be in the Rudy Davalos Basketball Center Lobby.
  • For students who need assistance with their regalia there will be Josten’s Representatives stationed at the College of Arts & Sciences table located on the northwest corner of the main concourse.

Where do I pick up my regalia?

  • Graduates can purchase regalia from the Main Campus or Medical Legal Bookstore.
  • Main Campus Faculty pick up rental regalia at Main Campus bookstore.
  • North Campus Faculty pick up rental regalia at the Medical Legal bookstore.
  • Platform regalia will be waiting in the Rudy Davalos Basketball Center.
  • Extra or last-minute faculty rental regalia is case-by- case, based on availability.

Where do I get honor cords?

  • University Honors - Purchase Honor Cords from the Bookstore.
  • All other honors’ cords - Available through the respective honor society, i.e., Golden Key, National Merit, etc.

Can I display attire that represents my heritage outside of my regalia?

  • Commencement regalia must be worn, however it can be left unzipped and open to display heritage or cultural regalia underneath.
  • Cap must be worn. Shawls, cords, stoles, etc., should be academic or from a University recognized student organization.
  • Tasteful decoration of caps is permitted. However, if it is determined to be offensive by a Marshal, you will have to remove it to participate.

Is there a place to store my personal items?

  • There is no storage available. Please leave all your belongings with family, friends, guests, etc. You will not return to the same seat after you cross the stage.

Will there be photographs available for purchase?

Where do students pick up their name cards?

  • Undergraduate students pick up their reader cards on the west side of the main concourse in Dreamstyle Arena.
  • Tables will be set with reader cards separated by school or college. Cards are arranged alphabetically.
  • Master students pick up their reader cards on the Club Level of Dreamstyle Arena, located on the north side of the Arena. Cards are arranged alphabetically.
  • PhD and MFA students pick up their reader cards in the Rudy Davalos Basketball Center Lobby. Cards are arranged alphabetically.
  • Students can only pick up their own name cards.
  • If you do not have a pre-printed card, one can be created for you. Make sure to put an email address on the back of the reader card for your pictures to be emailed to you.
  • Keep the reader card with you until you are called to process across the stage. You will hand it to the Platform Marshal who will then hand it to the Reader who will read your name while you process across the stage.
  • Doctoral candidates need prior approval from the Office of Graduate Studies, if they have yet to complete their program and want to walk and be hooded.

What happens if graduates lose a tassel, hat, or need a last-minute regalia replacement?

  • Regalia and ‘parts’ will be sold on the west side of the main concourse of the arena.

Where do students line up?

  • Undergraduates will sit in the bleacher seats that are behind and below your check-in tables. There will be signs and divided sections for each school and college.
  • Master students will be called to line up by a Marshal once it is time to process onto the floor.
  • Doctoral students will be called to line up with their Faculty Hooder by a Marshal. You will process in together and then be separated and directed to doctoral graduate seating.

Why do I have to sit with my class/school?

  • Undergraduates are grouped by school or college to be recognized by their respective dean in the ceremony. Graduates may sit in any order with their school or college.

Where do I go if I arrive late and everyone is seated?

  • Latecomers please report to the area in which you were instructed to, and there will be a volunteer to lead you to a marshal who will get you seated on the floor. Where do we direct students with accessibility accommodations?
  • All students who require special assistance should to report to the Pete McDavid Lounge. There will be volunteers to escort and assist them to the floor.

Where is the elevator to get to The Pit floor?

  • The elevator does not go all the way down to the actual floor. If you are needing to access the elevator, please go to the Pete McDavid Lounge and someone will escort you.

Why do you need my email address?

  • We ask for your email address so we can email you details regarding deadlines, details for the day of Commencement and so that GradImages can email you proofs of your photo.

Where do faculty line up?

  • Faculty will line up in the Rudy Davalos Basketball Center, which can be accessed from the southeast or southwest, outside of The Pit, or from the south side of the main concourse.

When do graduates get their diplomas?

  • Diplomas are mailed or held for pick up at the Office of the Registrar, 6-8 weeks after the end of semester.

Where are the bathroom facilities located?

  • Restrooms are located around the perimeter of the main concourse.

Where are the water fountains located/where can I get something to drink?

  • Water fountains are located around the perimeter of the main concourse.
  • Snack bars will be open on the east side of the main concourse.

My family can’t attend, how can they watch the livestream?

  • There will be a link on to view the livestream of the ceremony.

Where is the best place to park?

How early should students plan to arrive before the ceremony?

  • Doors open at [gradapp field=doorsopentime] for graduates and guests.
  • Guest seats are first come, first served. No ‘holding’ or ‘saving’ of seats.
  • Graduates should plan for traffic, parking, and seating of their guests.
  • Graduates must arrive by 8:00 am to allow time for check-in and seating.

How early should faculty plan to arrive before the ceremony?

  • Doors open at [gradapp field=doorsopentime /] for graduates and guests.
  • Guest seats are first come, first served.
  • Faculty participants should arrive no later than 8:00 am.

Who is the contact for special accommodation requests?

  • Requests can be made when registering for Commencement at or contact Selena Salazar at 277-4664.

Where do graduates meet their families after the ceremony?

  • It is suggested that graduates preplan a meeting location for themselves and their guests.
  • Approximately 7,000-9,000 people will be exiting the facility.

Will there be an opportunity to take photographs on stage after the ceremony?

  • No, floor access is not allowed once the ceremony is over.
  • Immediately after the last graduate has recessed out of their seating and the recessional music has ended, the stage will be dismantled, and all supplies removed.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

  • The Office of the University Secretary 277-4664

Where can I get additional copies of the commencement program?

  • There will be a limited supply of programs. If there are existing copies after the ceremony, you can contact The Office of the University Secretary at 277-4664 to request copies.
  • The program will be available electronically at