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Graduation Ceremony

The University will hold three graduation ceremonies, each lasting approximately two hours in LITTLEJOHN COLISEUM.
On FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015, the ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

9:30 a.m. Ceremony 2:30 p.m. Ceremony 6:30 p.m. Ceremony  

Architecture, Arts & Humanities Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences Engineering & Science
Business & Behavioral Science Health, Education & Human Development Staff
Library Staff  

Students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend the ceremony designated for their major college. No exceptions will be made.

What time will the college marshal pick up his/her baton and  where is it displayed?
The college marshal will pick up his/her baton at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony and 5:30 p.m. for the evening ceremony. Then, display on table on stage and leave behind you as you exit during the recessional.

Which gate will the faculty enter to assemble and line up?
The faculties of the colleges attending graduation will enter the East gate and assemble at 8:45 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony and 5:45 p.m. for the evening ceremony inside the north side of the Coliseum facing west.

The starting point for each column will be indicated by the position of each college marshal.
Morning Ceremony
Left ColumnRight Column
Architecture Arts & HumanitiesBusiness & Behavioral Science
Afternoon Ceremony
Left ColumnRight Column
Agriculture, Forestry & Life SciencesHealth, Education & Human Development
Evening Ceremony
Right Column
Engineering & Science


What is the order of march for students and faculty/staff?
The order of march is students, university marshal, college marshals, faculty, stage party.

Will the faculty line up in a single line column?
The faculties of each college will be arranged in a single line column, in order of seniority, with the marshal at the head of the column. The seniority arrangement for those participating is the responsibility of each college marshal, who will determine which faculty will attend the winter graduation exercises.

The faculty will follow the student lines around the west and south sides of the Coliseum in double file. They will proceed via the outside stairs in a double line and into the tunnel and will follow the students onto the floor. The columns of faculty will march on the outside aisles proceeding to the stairs on the north side and on either side of the platform. As the marshal of each college arrives at the steps, he or she will stand aside to the inside line as his or her faculty proceed to their seats. He or she will then turn and go up the side steps to the main platform stage and take his or her seat in the assigned chair to the rear of the platform party (interior third row).

Will a faculty member carry the college banner to the stage?
The junior faculty member participating in the procession will no longer be responsible for carrying and returning the college banner. The college banners will already be placed on the new stage and therefore will not need to be carried by a college representative. The junior faculty member can join his/her faculty in the processional and proceed to the faculty seats. The college marshals will serve as the college representatives on the stage.

Will the college marshal exit with the platform party?
The college marshals will exit with the platform party. They will be the last group to leave the platform, except for the university marshal, who is the last person to leave the platform. The college marshals will follow the platform groups from their respective sides of the stage. The college batons will be left on the stage and picked up at the end of the ceremony.

Will there be a recessional for the faculty?
There will be no recessional for the faculty. They will remain in their places until the university marshal dismisses the graduates. Then the audience and faculty will disperse at the same time.

Will an ambulance be on site during the ceremony?
An ambulance will be parked at the Coliseum and EMS personnel will be on duty in the First Aid Station just inside the North gate entrance to the right should a need for either develop.

Will reserved parking be provided for college marshals and college deans?
Reserved parking will be provided for college marshals in Reserved Lot C-9 across from the bronze tiger. Reserved parking spaces for marshals will be distributed at the rehearsal meeting which has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Littlejohn.
Parking passes for Deans will be distributed by a separate memorandum.



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