Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree Candidates

              Candidates wear hoods during the Commencement ceremony. Each Master's and EDS degree candidate will receive his/her diploma cover from the graduate dean and congratulations from the university president, but will not be hooded at this event. Note that his is a change from past ceremonial tradition. Graduate students desiring to be hooded by the graduate dean must attend at 8 a.m. Graduate School Hooding Ceremony in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.


Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

             Undergraduate degree candidates walk across the stage alphabetically b department within each degree group and college. After the name is announced, the candidate receives diploma cover and congratulations from the university president.


Regalia Information

             Degree candidates will obtain cap,gown, tassel, graduate hood, and name card with line of march at the Sunset Lounge in the Memorial Union, Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ; Friday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ; or Gross Memorial Coliseum, Gate 1, Friday, May 14, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ; and Saturday, May 15, 8 a.m. to 9:45 a. m.

             The faculty " Line of March" will be sent to the faculty from the Office of the Provost.


Academic Dress

             Place cap on the head squarely. In addition to appropriate attire, women are requested to wear dark dress shoes and men wear white shirts and dark shoes. Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates wear tassel on the right side of the cap; change tassel to left side when degree is conferred. Candidates for Master's and EDS degrees are entitled to war the tassel on the left side of the cap.


Commencement Attendance

             All July 2009 graduates who did not participate in the 2009 ceremony are eligible to participate in 2010, as well as all December 2009 graduates, May 2010 candidates and those July 2010 candidates who have filed an Intent to Graduate. We urge all those eligible to participate.


Names and Honors in Commencement Program

             All July 2009 and December 2009 graduates and May 2010 candidates will be listed in the Commencement program, with honors noted where appropriate. There is no honors distinction for graduate student. Students' names and honors will be read at Commencement from the name card, which will be issued at cap and gown distribution. Names of July 2010 candidates will not be printed in the program until Commencement 2011, but names will be read as candidates cross the stage. The listing of honors in the program is not a guarantee of receiving honors. The official honor awarded will be noted on the student's diploma and transcript. Students who do not wish to have their names included in the Commencement program should inform Dr. Tisa Mason, Vice President for Student Affairs, Sheridan Hall 208, in writing, no later than Friday, April 2, 2010.


Commencement Pictures

             Photographers from Chappell Graduation Images, Fairfield, IA, will take individual pictures as each graduate approaches the state, crosses the stage, and at the stage exit ramp. Proofs and forms for ordering will be mailed by Chappell Graduation Images to each candidate after Commencement. Please allow up to 5 business days for mailing. There is no obligation to purchase pictures. Individuals who wish to take personal pictures may do so from an area designated on either side of the stage.

             It is requested that individuals refrain from taking pictures in front of the stage and on the arena floor aisles where the candidates are seated as this disrupts the flow of traffic for the candidates in the Commencement ceremony.

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