Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Rehearsal: Friday, June 15 at 2:00p.m., Mondavi Center
Admission to the
Tickets are required for each person attending
(including babies) the Graduate School of
Management Commencement Ceremony.
Mondavi Center lobby will be open at 9:00 am for
guests to be seated. Only graduates will be allowed into the
Mondavi Center prior to 9:00 am.
Doors to Jackson Hall open at 9:30 am.
We suggest graduates drive separately from guests if you
prefer that your guests not wait outside until 9:00 am when the doors open.
All candidates, in academic dress, must arrive
by 7:30 am in Jackson Hall of Mondavi Center for group photos. You must rent
your cap and gown prior to June 8, as academic dress will not be available
for rental at the ceremony.
After the group photos, candidates will assemble in the Vanderhoef Theater, Mondavi Center at 9:15 am.
Your guests will not be allowed into the Vanderhoef Theater before
Once in line, you will be given a card (and
pencil) to PRINT your name and the name(s) of your hooder(s).
If you think the name(s) may be difficult to
pronounce, PRINT the name phonetically so it can be easily read.
WRITE LEGIBLY! The Associate Dean
needs to be able to read this on stage AND these cards are given to the
professional photographer after the ceremony and this is what they will use
to mail you your proofs.
There will be no storage for personal items.
The order of the procession: faculty marshal,
candidates, faculty, stage party.
Candidates will line up in two lines.
Stand behind or in front of whomever you wish to
Candidates will be seated on the stage.
The only thing in your hands should be your
hooding card. Programs will be on your seats.
The procession will begin at 10am SHARP.
At the appropriate time in the program, the
marshal will ask candidates to rise. After the degree is conferred, ushers
will direct candidates (by rows) to come forward.
Candidates may be "hooded" by anyone of their
Designate a hooder prior to the morning of the ceremony. It needs to
be someone who can walk and down a small number of stairs and short walk
across the stage.
If you select a hooder who will need assistance with the stairs, please make
sure you have a person ready to provide that assistance. GSM staff
will be in assigned positions and are not available to assist.
Ushers for hooding will direct candidates, one
row at a time, to the side of the stage.
You will be visible to every seat in Jackson
Hall as you line up for hooding.
Hooders can sit anywhere in Jackson hall and
should watch for you as each row is sent forward to be hooded. There will be
plenty of time for your hooder to join you in line and your hooder should
not be anxious about missing you in line. (Staff will be there to make sure
your hooder finds you.)
Hooders should not get up before they see you in
line for hooding.
Be quiet while you are in line waiting your turn
to go up on stage. Please respect the dignity of the ceremony.
Candidate and hooder will proceed on stage.
Candidate will present hood card to the Associate
Dean to announce your name and that of your hooder.
Hooder will be handed hood and simply needs to
place it over the shoulders of the candidate.
Once hooded, candidate will cross the stage to
shake hands with the Dean and the Provost, and continue on to the risers.
Hooder will exit the stage (staff will be there
to direct them) and go back to their seat.
Once all candidates have been hooded and are on
the risers, there are a few short remarks and the ceremony is over.
during the ceremony
photographers will be taking class photos prior to the ceremony and individual
photographs of each candidate as they cross the stage during the ceremony.
Family and friends wishing to take photographs of
candidates are requested to do so either from their seats or before and
after ceremony. It is disruptive to have numerous people rushing the stage
during the hooding for photographs. Please respect the dignity of the
Order of recessional: stage party, faculty and
Audience members should remain in their seats until the
recessional has exited Jackson Hall.
Graduates, family, friends, staff and faculty
are invited to a reception of light refreshments immediately after the
ceremony in the Vanderhoef Theatre, Mondavi Center.
If you have a family party or lunch
reservations, we invite you and your guests to attend the reception for a
short time prior to departing.
You will be able to return your gown and hood at
Office of Academic & Student Services at (530) 752-7658.