School of Education
The Commencement Ceremony is an opportunity for each candidate to be individually recognized. Names are read as the graduates walk across the stage to be congratulated by the President of the University and Dean of the School. Additionally, candidates receiving the degree Doctor of Education are each hooded by their dissertation director. The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes followed by a reception. Tickets are not required.
Specific details about the ceremony including academic apparel can be found on the Student Information page.
Graduate Instructions – Day of Ceremony
Graduates wear their caps and gowns to the ceremony and proceed to the CFSU Rambler Room at 2:30 p.m. to get their seating card. All graduate degree candidates carry their hoods prior to the degree conferral. Doctoral candidates will be hooded by dissertation directors during the ceremony; masters and educational specialist candidates will hood themselves during the ceremony when instructed to do so.
In the preparation area, candidates will be given a seat and name card. Keep this card with you at all times during the ceremony. It is essential. You will use it to find your assigned seat and also carry it on stage for the correct announcement of your name.
Purses and other items should be given to family members to hold during the ceremony, since there is no area in which they can be stored, nor will you return to the same seat after crossing the stage.
Graduates must be in their seats in the Gentile Arena by 3:45 p.m. Each graduate will have an assigned seat. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Dr. Janet Pierce-Ritter