Enrollment Management | University Commencement
Information for Faculty
This year's Commencement will be held at 9:00 a.m., May 17, 2013, at McAlister Field House, The Citadel.
Commencement Day Robing
7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
Go to McAlister Field House with your regalia.
Commencement Day Line-up and Processional
Faculty gather in the back of McAlister Field House.
Faculty Marshals assemble the faculty into two lines of approximately equal length without specific order by college or program. Marshals lead the procession into the Field House stadium and fall in behind the last of the candidates when they pass.
The Grand Marshal announces, "Let the procession begin." Accompanied by processional music, the candidates enter the Fieldhouse in two columns. Marshals will lead candidates to proper seating row and seat. Be seated as they enter. Faculty Marshals will pause at the back of the Fieldhouse until signalled to process. All rise when the faculty process. Faculty follow their Marshals to the center of the stage area and enter the rows on either side, moving to the following rows as indicated by the Marshal. They are followed by the Presidential Party which will occupy the first two rows.
Minister gives invocation. (All males remove hats during invocation. Hats are then replaced.) President offers his welcome and introduces the speaker, who gives the address.
Conferring of Degrees at Commencement
The Vice-President for Academic Affairs (AAVP) announces honorary degrees, which are conferred by the President.
The AAVP introduces the Dean of the College of Health Professions.
As the name is being read, each candidate walks across the stage, receives a congratulatory handshake from the President and their Dean (in the center of the platform), walks across to the Chairman of the Board, receives a congratulatory folder, and shakes hands with the Chairman. After all candidates within the degree group have crossed the stage, the President goes to the microphone and requests that the candidates rise and then confers the degrees. The President signals the graduates to be seated.
Next, the same procedure is repeated for each degree group with the exception of the MD/PhD candidates who remain on stage for the conferral.
President introduces the President of the Joint Alumni Association.
President congratulates graduates, thanks the speaker, and expresses appreciation to the audience for attending. Minister gives benediction. (All males remove hats. Hats are then replaced.) Graduates and faculty remain standing.
Recessional music begins. Presidential party exits first, then the faculty, and then the graduates. Those who entered last are the first to leave. After the faculty pass, the person nearest the aisle on the last two rows falls in immediately behind the faculty.