Ceremony Information

When is the Graduation Ceremony?

Saturday, December 12, 2015 (10am and 2pm ceremony times)

How long does the ceremony last?

Approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours for each ceremony (10am and 2pm ceremony times)

Am I in the morning or afternoon ceremony?

Ceremony Times will be determined about two and a half months prior to the Graduation Ceremony  and will be published on our Ceremony Page.

When is Graduation Rehearsal?

Friday, December 11, 2015 at the same time as your graduation ceremony (10am and 2pm ceremony times)

Is Graduation Rehearsal attendance mandatory?

No. Attendance is not mandatory. Students planning to attend graduation should make every effort to attend rehearsal.

When can I pick up cap and gown?

October 6, 2015, 10:30-5:00 in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom at Graduation Celebration
November 30 - December 11 in the Records Office, Room 101 Burgin E. Dossett Hall.

What time should I arrive for the Graduation Ceremony?

Graduates should attempt to arrive an hour prior to the beginning of the Graduation Ceremony.  (9am for those attending the 10am ceremony; 1pm for those attending the 2pm ceremony)

What time should I tell my guests to arrive?

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What if I lose my name card?

Information tables will be set up on the east side in front of the football weight room for replacement name cards, safety pins, tassels, etc.

When and where do I get my honors medallion?

You may pick up your medallion when you pick up your cap and gown. 

*Graduate students do not receive honor medallions.

*Honors are based on current GPA and does not include the current semester's final grades. Grades from your final semester will be used to determine your honors designation. It will appear on your final transcript and diploma.  Academic Honors grade point average calculations for students seeking a second or subsequent bachelor degree will include all undergraduate credit hours, even those taken for a previously earned degree.  Developmental studies/learning support hours will not be considered in grade point average calculations.  Any new transfer coursework received after Summer 2015 will not be calculated in the overall grade point average.

Do I have to stay through the entire ceremony?

We encourage attendees to plan to stay for the entire ceremony.

Can I bring my child in the line-up?

No, children are not permitted to accompany the graduation candidates in the line-up area, onto the arena floor, or across the stage.

Are provisions made for guests with impaired hearing or guests needing wheelchair access?

Limited seating is reserved for those requiring a sign language interpreter.  The general seating area meets all requirements for disability access and is wheelchair accessible by ramp.

Entrance for disability seating is located on the west side of the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome).  (View numbers 2 and 3 on the Parking Map)  Details and special permits available at graduation practice.

Where do I park?

The following is some information and tips to help you and your guests find convenient parking on campus.

  • Please note that there are two graduation ceremonies:  one at 10 AM and one at 2 PM.  With the first ceremony lasting nearly two hours it is probable that many parking spots will be occupied as those arrive for the second ceremony.  Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly for time.
  • Parking will be permitted on both the East and West sides of Memorial Center.  The parking garage will be open.  Access to the west end of campus and the parking garage will be from the west side only.   Enter from State of Franklin Road via Jack Vest Drive only.  View Parking Map
  • All ETSU parking lots will be open and available for parking.  No permits required.  Fire lane, handicap, service vehicle and no parking areas will be enforced.
  • Parking for disabled guests is available at any appropriately marked space.  Entrance for disability seating is located on the west side of the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome).  (View numbers 2 and 3 on the Parking Map)  Details and special permits available at graduation practice.
  • We request that all guests attending Graduation Ceremonies park on ETSU's campus.  View Parking Map
  • Police, parking attendants and security personnel will be available to direct traffic and help find parking. 

Are emergency services available?

Yes. EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) are available as needed.

Can I take pictures during the ceremony?

Yes, you may take pictures from your seat during the ceremony.  Immediately following the ceremony, you may greet your graduate on the floor.

Island Photography will take several professional pictures of your graduate before and during the ceremony.

Can I present my graduate with flowers or other personal gifts during the ceremony?

You will have an opportunity to greet your graduate immediately following the Graduation Ceremony.  This is an excellent time to present your graduate with a special gift.

When can I pick up my diploma?

Beginning September 1, 2015 for summer graduates, and beginning January 18, 2016 for fall graduates in Room 102B, Burgin Dossett Hall (Graduation Office). A picture ID will be required for pick up.  Diplomas not picked up (outside the 30 mile area) will be mailed September 29, 2015 for summer graduates and February 15, 2016 for fall graduates.


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