Line Formation

Reed Arena 

Unless otherwise noted on the graduation schedule, degree candidates are asked to arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony near the North Entry of Reed Arena. They will begin line formation 30 minutes before the ceremony. There is no advance rehearsal unless otherwise noted for a specific commencement ceremony on the Graduation Schedule page.

Please note, a Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for all commencement ceremonies at Reed Arena.  The only non-clear bags permitted are small clutch bags (with or without a strap) that are the size of a hand.  Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at designated areas. 

The ceremony will conclude with a recessional, during which the graduates will be directed to exit Reed Arena from the southwest to meet their guests outside. Once out of the facility, there will be no re-entry for graduates or guests.

August 2019 Ceremony Line-up Information
Friday, August 9, 2019

Stoles for honor graduates will be distributed in the degree candidate line-up rooms before graduation. These stoles may be kept by the graduate after the ceremony.

All degree candidates wear their tassel on the right side of their cap.



During the commencement ceremonies, degrees are conferred in the following order:
  • Doctoral degrees by college as listed
  • Masters and bachelor's degrees by college as listed
Within each college, doctoral students are ordered alphabetically by degree and then alphabetically by the student's name.

After all doctoral students have walked the stage, masters and bachelor's degree candidates will cross the stage in order of their college and department.
Within each college, masters and bachelor's students are ordered alphabetically by department. Within each department, students are ordered by degree level, major (alphabetically), and student name (alphabetically).


A commencement booklet is offered to guests as they enter the graduation venue. This booklet contains the program, a list of all graduates, and other relevant ceremony information. This is the only public release of all graduates. The booklet is prepared by Curricular Services (979-845-8201) in the Office of the Registrar.