Getting ready to graduate
Candidates receiving an undergraduate degree should wear tassels on the right prior to and during the ceremony, and move their tassels from the right to the left after the chancellor confers their degrees.
Candidates receiving a graduate degree should wear tassels on the left for the entire ceremony. Graduates should also process into Brookings Quadrangle wearing their hood.
By 8 a.m., all candidates must be at the assembly point designated for each school.
- The procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp, led by the grand marshal, the chancellor, members of the administration, the Board of Trustees, honorary degree recipients, faculty, and alumni from the 50th reunion class.
- The student divisions will follow the procession leaders according to the order shown on the procession order and assembly points chart.
- Candidates should march in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit, not side by side. View the seating chart to see how Commencement seating is arranged.
- Caps should be removed for the singing of “America the Beautiful.”
Diplomas will be distributed at individual recognition ceremonies and receptions following Commencement.
For any graduates unable to attend Commencement, diplomas will be held for pickup until June 1, 2019, at:Office of the University Registrar
Olin Women’s Building
Room 50, lower level
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Diplomas not picked up by June 1, 2019 will be mailed to the address listed on the student’s Intent to Graduate form. Learn more about diploma distribution on the Office of the University Registrar’s website.
Per tradition, certain schools confer their degrees in Latin. Read the Latin Diploma Translations.