Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises will be held at the Irwin Belk Complex on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. Graduates will line up in Brayboy Gymnasium. Graduates must assemble at 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.


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.