Day-Of Procedures

Direct specific questions concerning the graduation program or graduation procedures to the department of your major. General questions should be directed to the Student Services Center, 919-515-6278.

Candidates

All candidates for degree must enter through the delivery entrance on the north (back) side of the arena. There is no candidate access from the concourse level to the floor level.

Candidates for Bachelor’s degrees will line up behind their college signs on the north side, lower-level, delivery entrance of the arena at 8:30 a.m. Do not line up alphabetically or by departments but by college only.

Procedure for conferring Bachelor’s degrees: The Dean of each college will ask the Bachelor’s candidates to rise and will present the candidates to the Chancellor for degrees to be conferred. The Dean will then ask the candidates to be seated. After degree candidates from all colleges have been presented to the Chancellor, he will ask all the candidates for the Bachelor’s degree to rise and will confer the degrees.

Candidates for Master’s degrees will report by 8:30 a.m. to their assigned area behind the Valedictorians (right corridor) on the north side, lower-level, delivery entrance of the arena. A sign will mark the spot where graduates should assemble.Procedure for conferring Master’s degrees: The Dean of the Graduate School will announce the complete list of colleges having Master’s degree candidates, and the candidates will rise as their college is read. Candidates are seated after the Chancellor confers their degrees.

NOTE: Candidates for Master’s degrees will not walk across the stage.

Candidates for Doctoral degrees must report no later than 8:15 a.m. to their assigned area in front of the processional lineup on the north side, lower-level, delivery entrance of the arena. A sign will mark the spot where candidates should assemble. Candidates must report on time in order to be lined up alphabetically with their sponsors. Doctoral candidates head the procession and must be seated in proper order because they cross the stage and receive their diplomas in the order in which they are seated. Marshals lead candidates to their seats in the arena.

NOTE: Do not sit in any seat except the one assigned to you. Your doctoral sponsor will sit immediately behind you on the next row.

Procedure for conferring Doctoral degrees: At the appropriate time, the Marshals will ask candidates to rise and proceed to the foot of the ramp leading to the stage. The sponsors will remain seated, as only the candidates go on stage. As their names are called, candidates move onto the stage to a point in front of the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean hands candidates their diploma cover and shakes their hand. Candidates then proceed to the Chancellor for a congratulatory handshake before walking down the ramp on the other side of the stage and returning to their seats. When all candidates are seated, the Dean of the Graduate School will ask them to stand for the conferring of their degrees. Candidates will then be seated.

Doctoral diplomas are distributed behind the stage immediately following the graduation ceremony. Please follow the directional signs.

*Candidates for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees must report no later than 8:15 a.m. to their assigned area in front of the processional lineup on the north side, lower-level delivery entrance of the arena. A sign will mark the spot where candidates should assemble. Candidates must report on time in order to be lined up alphabetically. DVM candidates must be seated in proper order because they cross the stage in the order in which they are seated. Marshals will lead candidates to their seats in the arena.

NOTE: Do not sit in any seat except the one assigned to you.

Procedure for conferring Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees: At the appropriate time, Marshals will candidates to rise and proceed to the foot of the ramp leading to the stage. As their names are called, candidates move onto the stage to a point in front of the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Dean will hand candidates their diploma cover and shake their hand. Candidates will then proceed to the Chancellor for a congratulatory handshake, walk down the ramp on the other side of the stage, and return to their seats. When all candidates are seated, the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine will ask candidates to stand for the conferring of the degrees and then be seated. DVM diplomas are distributed behind the stage immediately following the graduation ceremony. Please follow the directional signs.

*Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees are only conferred in the Spring.

Caps and Tassels

Bachelor’s degree candidates enter the arena with the tassel draped on the right side of the mortarboard. After the Chancellor has conferred your degree, a fellow student will lead you in moving the tassel from the right to the left side.

Master’s and Doctoral candidates enter the arena with the tassel draped on the left side of the mortarboard. Do not move the tassel from the left after the Chancellor has conferred your degree.

Recessional

At the conclusion of the graduation exercise, there will be a recessional for the Platform Party, faculty and Doctoral recipients only.

Disability Resources

If you are a graduating student with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the graduation exercises, please contact Teresa Dail, Registrar’s Office, at (919) 515-1491 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by Friday, April 14, 2017 to discuss accommodations.

Seating

Family seating: Candidates are not limited in the number of relatives and friends who may attend the graduation exercises in the arena. Some limitations may be necessary in the departmental ceremonies. Graduates should contact their departments concerning this matter.

Accessible seating: Accessible seating is located on the concourse level and is clearly marked in the arena. There is NO accessible seating for families and friends on the floor.

 

PLEASE NOTE:
-The possession of or use of alcoholic beverages in the arena is strongly prohibited.

-Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the arena. Outdoor smoking areas are designated.

-All students and guests are subject to search when entering the arena.

Visit the PNC Arena website for more on arena policies.