Commencement

Candidates for graduate degrees who file for graduation and who wish to participate in commencement must register on-line at the commencement site. Visit the site for complete information on registration instructions, proper regalia, graduation announcement, and ceremony protocol.

Ceremony Sponsor (doctoral candidates only)

Doctoral candidates who wish to participate in the commencement need to select a sponsor, whose presence at the ceremony is required. The sponsor will place the hood on the candidate as his or her name is called during the ceremony. Normally, the sponsor is the chair of the candidate’s doctoral committee. In the event that the chair is unavailable, any other member of the committee may serve as the sponsor.