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Commencement: Rehearsal and Walking Cards  

Commencement Rehearsal will be held in Lisser Theatre on Friday, May 15, at 2:00 pm. Upon arrival, sit in the seats closest to the stage. There will be demonstrations of what degree candidates should do while walking across the stage, walking procedures, and academic regalia protocol. Rehearsal will last until about 3:30 pm.

Seniors who took the online Senior Survey should print out the confirmation page after completing the survey and bring it to rehearsal to be eligible to win one of several $50 gift certificates, and to be entered into the $250 grand prize drawing.

All candidates who participate in Rehearsal are invited to the Rehearsal Lunch at the Student Union in Rothwell Center on Friday, May 15, from 12:00 pm–2:00 pm. A photographer will be available for students who wish to have a formal cap and gown portrait taken.

Walking Cards 

Every student participating in the Commencement ceremony must pick up their Walking Card Saturday morning prior to the Commencement ceremony at the Walking Card distribution table on Mills Hall Oval near the processional line-up area. After picking up individual Walking Cards, all participants line up with another degree candidate of their choice in their degree area. There will be signs and staff available to direct participants to the proper area.

At the degree granting portion of the program, degree candidates hand their Walking Card to the Provost upon reaching the stage. The Provost will read the candidate's name and major(s) as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma cover. Because students only need to line up by their degree type and not alphabetically, the Provost will keep the Walking Card, as this enables the official photographer to determine who is being photographed.

Students with hard to pronounce names will be given an opportunity to help the Provost with the correct pronunciation by printing their name phonetically on their Walking Card either at Rehearsal on Friday, May 15, or at the Walking Card distribution table prior to lining up in the processional on Saturday morning, May 16. Walking cards distributed at Rehearsal will be collected and re-distributed from the Walking Card table on Saturday morning.

Transitions: THE event for all graduating seniors

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads

Academic Requirements
Graduation Application
Final Examinations/Theses
Transfer Credit Deadlines
Deadline for Incompletes
Failing Last Semester Course
Conferral of Degree
Honors and Awards

Financial Requirements
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Seating Information
What to Wear
Disability Needs
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Private Parties on Campus

Contact Information

College Events
Mills Hall 117
P: 510.430.2100

Last Updated: 2/11/15