UA College of Humanities
Spring 2019 Graduate Pre-Commencement Ceremony FAQ’s
Thursday, May 9, 2018 - 2pm - Student Union North Ballroom
- What time do I arrive for the Procession?
Doors open at 1:00 p.m., and the procession and ceremony begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. All graduates should arrive and check in at the registration table no later than 1:30 p.m. You will be directed to the assembly area to line up for the procession; there is NO alphabetical order in the procession line. All graduates and faculty will walk in together at the beginning of the ceremony after given the cue from the Event Team.
- What will I receive at the Pre-Commencement Ceremony?
This is a celebratory pre-commencement ceremony, not an official confirmation of your degree. At the ceremony, each graduate will be hooded by his/her chosen professor and will receive a medallion as a gift from the Dean of the College of Humanities.
- Where do Graduates sit?
Reserved seating for graduates is designated at the front of the ballroom. The Procession leads to the seating area where you will be guided to your row to sit for the duration of the ceremony.
- Do my guests need tickets?
No, we do not hand out physical tickets. Your guests can simply arrive at the ballroom on the day of the ceremony.
- Where do guests sit?
Several rows of open seating are provided for family and guests in the ballroom.
- Is the ceremony wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the ceremony is wheelchair accessible, and there will be additional wheelchair seating available for graduates and guests attending the ceremony. Please let our Event Team know if you require assistance or more information.
- How will I be introduced on stage?
Your name will be read in alphabetical order from a list compiled by the Dean's Office. You should rise from your seat as your name is called and approach the stage to meet your hooding professor.
- What do I do after I have been hooded?
We ask that you return promptly to your seat until all graduates are hooded to give each graduate equal time to be recognized. There will be ample time after the ceremony to take photos with family, friends, professors, and the Dean.
- Can my family/friends take pictures during the ceremony?
YES! There is a center aisle that can be used to take a photo of each graduate as he or she is greeting the Dean. There will be additional time after the ceremony to take photos with the Dean and faculty. Note, there are no other official photos that will be made available to you.
- What do I wear?
You must purchase a cap, gown and hood from the Student Union Bookstore. Bookstore staff are on hand for fitting and specific regalia inquiries. Tassels can be worn on the right side for the entire ceremony. The hood is to be draped over your left arm when you process into the ballroom, and when you approach the stage to be hooded. Business/Business Casual attire is acceptable to wear underneath your graduate regalia.
- Where do I get a program?
Volunteers will hand out programs at the ceremony entrance. Extra copies will be available.
- Will there be a video of the event?
Yes. We will be videotaping and livestreaming the event. A link will be provided in your RSVP email that you can share with family and friends.
Congratulations on your accomplishment!
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 9!