Phase II Ceremony Details

Pre-Ceremony (Sunday Morning)

*Students should arrive in the Gantcher center by 10:30 AM and go directly to the Commencement Card Table to pick up their personalized card listing Procession Order and Diploma Announcement Name.

*Students will have the opportunity to dress in their cap and gown in the designated Robing area. (Reminder: there is no storage area for jackets, purses, luggage etc.)

*At approximately 11:00 AM, students will begin to line-up in Procession order.(Guests are asked to take their seats and clear the isles.)

*Keep your Commencement Cards with You!


* Students will walk in two rows and proceed down center aisle to their seats directly in front of the stage. Commencement Cards will note which side (left/right) and which row number you will be sitting in.

*Turn into your row and proceed to the last available seat. (Staff will indicate which row you should enter.)

*Students will have their name on their appropriate seat. If a classmate is missing, please leave that seat empty.

Diploma Presentation and Hooding

* Students will be asked to "rise and proceed to the stage" in a group according to degree to be received. (MD/MA, MD/MBA, MD/MPH, MD, MS, PhD and MD/PhD)

*Because of the size of the MD group, students will rise one row at a time. (Staff will indicate when your row should rise.)

*When asked to rise, students will exit their row. Students will follow in line and walk behind a side curtain where MD and PhD students will be handed their hood.

*Students will then proceed one at a time to the side steps of the stage. When directed, they will hand their Commencement Card to the announcer and their name will be read.

*Students will proceed onto the stage to the faculty member who will be hooding graduates.

*When you reach the faculty hooder, hand him/her your hood. Turn to face the audience and allow the faculty member to place the hood over your head. Once hooded, continue across the stage to the Dean.

*For MD/MA, MD/MBA and MD/MPH students, you will shake your Program Director's hand prior to receiving your degree from the Dean.

*The Dean will hand you your diploma and shake your hand.

*You will then pause with the Dean for a professional photograph and then exit the stage down the center steps.

*At the bottom of the steps TURN RIGHT and walk around the students seating area to get back to your row. (Look for staff to help direct you.)


*Students will stand and proceed away from the stage area in the reverse order that they entered.