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Processional And Commencement Info

Commencement Ceremonies Outline

  1. Processional
    1. The registrar will start the Processional 20 minutes before the ceremony will begin.
    2. The faculty marshal and the student ushers will lead students in the Processional.
  2. Students will remain standing until told to sit by the marshal or the master of ceremony.
  3. Faculty and/or students from the music department will lead the singing of the national anthem (words provided in the program).
  4. After brief remarks, the Invocation will be given. Males should remove their caps during the Invocation.
  5. The master of ceremony will introduce a member of the board of trustees to provide a welcome from the board.
  6. The master of ceremony will introduce the special guests recognized by the university.
  7. The master of ceremony will introduce the speaker who will provide the Commencement address.
  8. The master of ceremony will introduce the Provost, who will begin the conferral of degrees, introducing each dean who will in turn call you to the stage.
  9. The UIW President or Chancellor will recognize guests and provide remarks. He or she will then ask the graduates to stand and will confer the degrees.
  10. Faculty and/or students from the music department will lead the singing of the America the Beautiful (words provided in the program).
  11. The faculty marshal removes the mace for the recessional and leads the platform party off of the stage.
  12. Faculty will leave the Convocation Center/Freeman Coliseum followed by the graduates. Student ushers and the Registrar’s Office personnel will assist.