Friday, May 19
3:35 p.m. Graduates assemble in the lobby, O'Laughlin Auditorium
3:50 p.m. Procession begins
4:00 p.m. Liturgy begins
ATTIRE: The cap (tassel on left front), gown, and hood (folded to show College colors); black or navy shoes. In recognition of the formality of the occasion, items of apparel such as flashy jewelry and corsages should not be worn. Stoles given by departments, programs, and activities are permitted at Baccalaureate Mass BUT are not permitted for Commencement.
ORDER OF PROCESSION: For Baccalaureate Mass, the order in which you line up is not critical as long as we have two lines of equal length — BUT THE CORRECT LINEUP FOR COMMENCEMENT IT IS VITAL.
For Commencement, lists that assign to each graduate a procession number (L1, L2, L3..., R1, R2, R3...) will be posted in Le Mans by noon on Friday. These lists designate your place in either the left-hand or right-hand line. Names of those graduates who are to start a new row of seats will be designated with a star — those so designated should identify themselves to the Marshal as they come down the aisle. You can tell family and friends that the left row will be seated on the lake side if the exercises are held outside.
RECEIVING THE DEGREE: A Marshal will instruct you when it is time to leave your seats. Wait at the top of the stairs. As your name is read, go to center stage, take the diploma in your left hand and shake the hand of the President with your right; then go on across the stage and down the other stairs. Return to your seat via the center aisle and be seated. In the unlikely event that you receive the wrong diploma, the Registrar's Office will be open for an exchange following the exercises.
ORDER OF RECESSION: The faculty leads the recession, followed by the graduates starting from the front. The procession will disband in front of O'Laughlin.
IMPORTANT: Either outside or inside, please do not break ranks until a signal is given. If the front of the row stops, your classmates will be trapped in their seats.