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Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., Main Lawn

(Van Male Field House if inclement weather requires)

Graduate lineup at 9:30 a.m., Shattuck Music Center

Commencement is the ceremony at which degrees are conferred. It is an occasion of great significance to graduates, families and friends, and a formal recognition of academic achievements. Attendance is expected.

Seating is reserved for the graduates, faculty, special guests and those with disabilities by request. The rest is general admission for family and guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Inclement weather may cause the start time of the ceremony to be delayed, or moved inside depending on severity and duration. If the ceremony is moved inside, wristbands will be required for all guests attending the ceremony. Each graduating student will be issued three guest wristbands. The ceremony generally is two and a half hours long.

Commencement begins with bagpipers leading the procession of graduates and includes speeches by Carroll's president, the chair of the board of trustees, the class speaker and an honored guest speaker. Then the president calls the graduates forward for individual recognition, receiving handshakes and well wishes from university administrators and accepting the covers that will hold their diplomas. All graduates wear their caps (tassels to the right), gowns and undergraduate students wear their hoods. Master and Doctoral degree graduates will carry their hoods into the ceremony and be hooded as part of the Commencement ceremony.

Due to concerns about decorum, comfort and safety, it is suggested that:

  • Cell phones are turned off.
  • Air horns and other noisemakers are not used.
  • Graduation caps are worn or held in the hand (not thrown).

Not attending the ceremony? Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address. Confirm with the registrar that the correct address is on file.

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