Summer 2024 Commencement Information

Published: June 4th, 2024

Category: Memos

Jason Degen, Director of Commencements


This summer, there will be three university-wide commencement ceremonies that will take place in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

  • Doctoral Degree Ceremony on Friday, August 9 at 2:00pm (processional to begin at 1:40pm).
  • Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees ceremony #1 on Friday, August 9 at 7pm (processional to begin at 6:30pm): ART, DCP, HHP, HW ENG, CJC, MED, NURS, PHARM, PHHP, VET MED
  • Master’s, Specialist’s and Bachelor’s degrees ceremony #2 on Saturday, August 10 at 10am (processional to begin at 9:30am): CALS, EDU, CLAS, WCB

Faculty Serving as Escorts and/or Hooders

Candidates for Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Plant Medicine degrees will invite a faculty member to serve as their escort who will also hood them.

Candidates for Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Athletic Training will be hooded by designated faculty members from that program.

Ordering Regalia

Faculty designated as escorts and/or hooders will receive an e-mail from the Director of the Commencements with further details about responsibilities, assembly times and hooding instructions approximately one month prior to commencement. Unfortunately, this will be after the order deadline has passed. So, if you have a doctoral candidate scheduled to graduate during this semester, please order your regalia on or before the June 14 deadline.

Candidate regalia orders will be accepted through June 28through this link:

Payment is required when placing an order.

Formal academic regalia is required for all persons participating in the ceremonies as a platform party member or as an escort and/or hooding faculty member for doctoral degree candidates or as a candidate.

The exception to this is for active service military personnel: they should wear their dress uniform in lieu of academic regalia.

Marshal Robes

Faculty members serving as a marshal at the university-wide ceremonies do NOT need to order academic regalia – a marshal robe is provided to all marshals, free of charge, for use at the university-wide commencement ceremonies. 

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