Tips for Commencement Day
The cap should be worn so that the mortarboard is level and not cocked to either side or placed on the back of the head. The crown of the cap should come to approximately 1 inch above the eyebrows. The deeper portion of the crown is the back.
The gown should be pressed and worn with dark shoes. Women should not wear flowers, pins or other jewelry. A simple straight dress without a high neckline gives the best results. Men should wear a white shirt and tie that will compliment the gown. Coats may be left off for comfort.
The tassel is worn on the right side before the degree is conferred. It is customary to change the tassel from the right to the left side after the degree is conferred. The president will direct you when to do this during the ceremony.
Line up under the sign for your degree in alpha order.
Committee members will give you a biographical card. Carry this with you onto the stage end give to the reader at the first podium.
Do not carry anything with you into the arena for the ceremony.
Do not chew gum!
Graduates will be led into the main arena and to their seats by the faculty council chair. Marshals will direct you to fill in the rows of the arena. Fill in ALL chairs. All graduates should stand in front of their chairs and wait until the music has finished.
A marshal will give you a commencement program as you are seated.
Gentlemen should remove their caps during the invocation and benediction.
A marshal will indicate to your row when to stand for the presentation of candidates.
Proceed to the steps on the right side of the stage. Do not wait at the bottom of steps.
Hand your information card to the reader to announce your name.
Proceed to the table, accept your diploma cover from the president with your left hand, and shake his right hand with your right hand. The photographer will take your picture at this time-- stop, shake, and smile!
Move on to the Board of Trustee chair who will congratulate you and shake your hand, then to the alumni representative who will present you with an alumni pin and also shake your hand.
Continue off the stage where a second photo will be taken.
A marshal will assist you back to your row.
Associate degree candidates will go first, followed by the Bachelor degree candidates, followed by the Master degrees candidates.
Follow the directions from the marshals for the recessional. Graduates are the last group to leave during the recessional.
Photographer will email proofs to your Viterbo University address
Photographer will take two pictures; one with the President and one after you reach the bottom of the stage stairs.
“Quick Stop” sponsored by the Alumni Association.