For the morning ceremony, all graduate degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 9:30 a.m. in the Woltzen Gym in the Wehr Center.
For the afternoon ceremony, bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 12:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building.
Candidates will line up in alphabetical order according to last name. Master's degree candidates will line up alphabetically within their academic discipline. Honor marshals and Lakeland staff members will be available to assist you in donning your cap and gown, finding your place in line and answering questions.
Shortly before your ceremony begins, the line marshals and the commencement marshal will direct the lines to the seats in the Wehr Center gymnasium, where the commencement program will be held. Please do not rush; walk slowly and in a dignified manner, with a distance of approximately eight feet (four steps) between pairs of marchers.
The line marshals will direct you to your seat. When you are at your seat, remain standing, turn and face the back of the room, rotating to the front as the faculty and the platform participants pass and take their places in the front and on the platform. Remain standing until after the invocation. Mortar boards are to be worn during the procession, the conferring of all degrees and awards and during the recession. Men are to remove their mortar boards for the invocation, the singing of the National Anthem, the Alma Mater and the benediction. When in doubt about when to wear or remove your mortar board, follow the example of Lakeland President Dan Eck.
Diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the term in which degree requirements are completed. Participants in commencement will receive a diploma jacket when crossing the stage during the ceremony.