Commencement Ceremony Details

With graduation fast approaching, degree candidates are encouraged to review the procedures for the May 9 Commencement Ceremony.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. May 9 in Stokes Stadium, but degree candidates that plan to partake in the ceremony need to assemble, in academic dress, by 12:30 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Anyone who arrives after the “ranks have closed” will not be able to participate in the ceremony.

For those wishing to attend the ceremony, Stokes Stadium will open at 12 p.m. with seating on a first-come, first-seated basis. If a candidate’s guest needs disability seating, they must fill out a seating accommodation form by April 27.

In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Pershing Arena. Degree candidates will then need to meet in the small gym in Pershing Building by 12:30 p.m. All candidates can receive four rain tickets for their guests, which must be presented for entrance to the arena. Ticket holders will be admitted from 12-1:45 p.m. and seating is not guaranteed. The ceremony will also be streamed in the Student Union Building HUB and on channel 36 on campus.

A reception for all new graduates, as well as family, guests, faculty and staff, will immediately follow the commencement ceremony on the Mall of the Student Union Building. Light refreshments will be served.

For a detailed layout of the day, consult the Commencement Instructions, found on the registrar’s commencement page.

Graduation necessities, including caps, gowns, announcements and grad gifts, can all be found at Truman’s bookstore.

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