Doctoral, Graduate, Professional & Liberal Studies and Haub Degree Completion

Graduate, Doctoral and College of Professional & Liberal Studies

The Doctoral, Graduate, Professional & Liberal Studies and Haub Degree Compleetion Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 on Maguire Campus.

Arrival and Vesting of Graduates

Registration and vesting will be in Campion in the Fishbowl.  Use the entrance across from the chapel, go downstairs and to your right.  Academic attire is required for this ceremony. Please vest by wearing your cap and robe. Do not wear your hood, but carry it with you. 

Arrival of guests

Families and Guests should be seated in the main tent.


At registration each student will receive a name card that will be used to announce his or her name during the ceremony. Students with last names that are difficult to pronounce are encouraged to write a phonetic spelling on the card to assist the reader.

Academic Procession

The faculty marshals will request that all graduates line up for the procession. There will be two procession lines per program: one for the School of Arts & Sciences and one for the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. Students should carefully ensure they are in the correct set of lines by program and college, but do not need to be concerned with alphabetical order.

Upon arrival in the main tent, the faculty marshals for each school will lead the procession to the graduate seating area, and direct participants to an open row.

Program of Ceremony

Components of the ceremony include: the singing of the National Anthem, an invocation, speeches and remarks from classmates and administrators, a major address and honorary degree presentation, the conferral of degrees, the announcement of graduates, and a concluding blessing. Check back for commencement speaker information,

The Doctoral Hooding and Conferral Ceremony

At the appointed time in the program, the appropriate dean will present students receiving Doctoral degrees in Education to the  President by inviting them to stand and approach the stage. Each candidate will then walk on to the stage and meet the faculty member who chaired his or her dissertation committee. The two will move center where the  President will confer the degree on the candidate. At this time, the chair of the dissertation committee will hood the graduate and present the degree certificate. The graduate may then continue to the opposite end of the platform to exit the stage and return to his or her seat.

Conferral and Presentation of Masters,  Professional & Liberal Studies and Haub Degree Completion

Following the conferral and presentation of the Doctoral degrees, the appropriate dean will present the degree candidates from each school to the President, who will officially confer the "said degrees" on the graduates. Following this conferral, the dean will instruct the graduates to "don their hoods". This is the time for graduates to put on the hood they have carried with them.

Upon direction from the faculty marshals, graduates will approach the stage for the presentation of degrees. Graduates must have their name card with them at this time. Each college will be called separately, and each name will be read individually. Following the reading of each name, the student is asked to proceed quickly to the center of the stage, shake hands with the President, receive the rolled certificate, exit at the opposite end of the stage, and return to his or her seat.

Conclusion and Recessional

Following the benediction, the stage party and faculty will lead the procession to conclude the ceremony. The faculty marshals will instruct graduates to leave the seating area and follow the procession to the Cardinal Avenue parking lot.

Rain Plan

This ceremony is scheduled as a "rain or shine" event. Severe inclement weather may, however, prevent the full academic procession from taking place. In the event of severe rain, graduates should go directly to the main tent to receive their name cards and be seated in the ceremony staging area. Information on the status of the procession is available by calling the university's weather line at 610-660-3333.

Doctoral, Graduate, Professional & Liberal Studies and Haub Degree Completion Commencement at a Glance
Maguire Campus
Saturday morning
May 14, 2016


7:30 a.m.

Assembly of students (Lower Level of Campion) and faculty procession lines

8:30 a.m.

Academic procession begins

9:00 a.m.

Ceremony begins

10:30 a.m.

Ceremony concludes