Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises will be held at the Irwin Belk Complex on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Graduates will line up in Brayboy Gymnasium. Graduates must assemble at 6 a.m. for final instructions. The processional will depart at 7:30 a.m. Once the processional begins, graduates will not be allowed to enter the line of march.

Graduating seniors are allowed to invite as many guests as they would like to witness this special occasion. Each graduating senior will receive 4 Field Passes and all other guests will be required to sit in the stands. Access to seating in the Irwin Belk Complex will begin at 6:30 a.m.  


The recessional will proceed in the same order as at the Baccalaureate service:

Platform party first, followed by faculty, then alumni in reunion and graduates.

Additional Information

  1. Seniors will march in by colleges in the academic procession. Seating arrangements are assigned and are not changeable.
  2. Given the formal nature of the academic events described, seniors should not carry anything in the procession or recession (e.g. no book bags, laptops, blue tooth devices, pocketbooks, cell phones, pets, children, etc.).
  3. Tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap for the Founders’ Day Convocation, Baccalaureate service and Commencement exercises. It is during the Commencement exercises that the tassel will be transferred to the left side of the cap, upon instruction from the podium.
  4. Hoods will be carried into commencement on your left arm, and the hooding ceremony will take place during the commencement program.

Disability Seats

Graduating seniors are required to register their family member(s) with disabilities for special seating. Disability registration will take place at the conclusion of graduation rehearsal on Thursday, May 14.

Upon entry to the Irwin Belk Complex, persons who use wheelchairs and one buddy will be directed to that reserved area. For parties larger than two, each guest must have a ticket for entry. If there are others in your party, they will need to sit in the stands.

Hearing Impaired

Sign Language will be offered to guests who are hearing impaired and require interpretation.