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 Commencement Ceremony vs Departmental Reception

The Commencement ceremony is when all eligible students campus-wide "walk across the stage" in Trask Coliseum and degrees are conferred. For May Commencement there are five separate ceremonies. For December Commencement there are two separate ceremonies. 

Additionally, there are Departmental receptions are held separately and include only students from the respective departments. Dates and times will be posted here. Details vary for each reception and tickets may be required. Please contact the department directly regarding questions about the receptions.

Decorum & Behavior

The Commencement ceremony will be conducted with appropriate dignity and decorum. Do not bring air horns or loud noise makers to the ceremony.

Please be considerate of those around you, as Commencement is a meaningful occasion to all guests in attendance. All family members and guests are asked to remain seated during the entire ceremony.

The use of alcoholic beverages and participation in disruptive activities during the ceremony is prohibited and will be handled accordingly.

Order Photos

Professional photographers from GradImages will take individual photographs of each of the graduates during their Commencement ceremony. During the presentation of candidates, each graduate will pose for two pictures, one as a portrait and the other receiving their scroll. Participants will receive a free photo proof and can order copies of their photograph directly from GradImages. Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit the GradImages website. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at 800.261.2576.

Register Email Addresses

Pre-register family and friends' email addresses. GradImages will email photographs when they are available for online viewing and ordering. Pre-register with GradImages by visiting the GradImages website, and clicking on the "Pre-Event Registration" at the bottom of the page. This provides them with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

Individuals who do not receive a photo proof within two weeks of the ceremony should contact GradImages at 800.261.2576 or via e-mail at To learn more, click here.

Preregistration for Commencement Photos

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