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Day of Commencement

PARKING:  Please observe all parking signs in the vicinity of the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Parking is available in adjacent garages and lots, including the Utica Aud, for a fee.

GUIDELINES FOR DRESS & BEHAVIOR: Use common sense and dress appropriately for the occasion. No alcoholic beverages are permitted anywhere in the auditorium.  Any alcohol will be confiscated prior to and during the ceremony.  Behavior during the ceremony is expected to be mature and in line with the dignity of the occasion.  Texting and cell phone use is prohibited during the ceremony.

ARRIVAL TIME: Graduates should be at the auditorium by 3:30 p.m.  In the upper level (entrance level) of the Aud, graduates will be directed to the Commencement Student Check-In Tables where graduates will pick up their Graduation Name Card.  After picking up a Graduation Name Card, graduates will then be directed to the lower concourse/level where they will look for wall posters indicating their academic major.  A faculty member or Marshal will line graduates up in alphabetical order by Center/Program/Last Name (make sure not to lose your Graduation Name Card).  And don’t worry about anything, Commencement Marshals will be on-site should you need any assistance.  This is a time to celebrate! ALL CANDIDATES MUST BE IN CAP & GOWN, IN PROPER ORDER BY 3:45 P.M.  Guests of graduates should go to their seats on the upper level. (No tickets are required).

PROCESSIONAL: Commencement marshals will lead graduates to the proper row of seats. REMOVE HATS AND REMAIN STANDING THROUGH THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESENTATION OF CLASS: Vice President Eannace will present the Class of 2014 to President VanWagoner. GRADUATES SHOULD STAND DURING THIS PRESENTATION.  After the presentation, Commencement marshals will lead rows of graduates to the stage. REMAIN SEATED UNTIL YOUR ROW IS CALLED.

WHEN GRADUATES REACH THE STAGE: Stay at the bottom of the stairs until the person in front of you begins to walk across the stage.  Walk up the steps, hand your card to the Dean and wait for your name to be called.  Then, walk across stage to receive your diploma cover.  Continue walking across stage and a commencement marshal will guide you back to your row of seats. REMAIN STANDING UNTIL EVERYONE IN YOUR ROW IS BACK AND THEN BE SEATED.

RECESSIONAL: Remain standing until your row is led out by the commencement marshal.  PROCEED OUT AT A NORMAL WALKING PACE, FOLLOWING THE DIRECTION OF THE MARSHAL.

DIPLOMA: The cover graduates receive from President VanWagoner will be empty.  All diplomas will be mailed within 6-8 weeks following the ceremony.

RECEPTION: Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni College Center - Utica Campus.  Graduates and their guests are cordially invited.