Arriving at the Ceremony

Reed Arena

On the day of the ceremony, degree candidates are asked to arrive one hour before their ceremony begins. Check-in will take place at the North Entry of Reed Arena. Degree candidates must check in no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony. Degree candidates that have not checked in by this time will be marked as absent and not announced in the ceremony. 

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.


Stoles for honor graduates will be distributed at the graduation venue before the ceremony begins. The graduate may keep these stoles after the ceremony.

More information on honors graduates can be found here
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 Ceremony: Degrees by college as listed.
  • Within each college, doctoral students are ordered alphabetically by degree and then alphabetically by the student's name. 
Master's and Bachelor’s Ceremonies: Degrees by college as listed.
  • Within each college, master's and bachelor’s students are ordered alphabetically by department. Within each department, students are ordered by degree level, major (alphabetically), and student’s 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.