Ceremony Information

What is the graduation Date?

December 13, 2014

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 announced in September and will be published on our Ceremony Page.

Is graduation/ rehearsal attendance mandatory?

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

When is rehearsal?

Friday, December 12, 2014 at the same time as your graduation ceremony.

When can I pick up cap and gown?

October 9, 2014 10:30-5:00 in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom at Graduation Celebration
or
December 1-12 in the Records Office, Room 101 Burgin E. Dossett Hall.

When can I pick up my diploma?

Beginning January 12, 2015 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 beginning Feb. 9, 2015.

What time should I arrive?

Morning Ceremony-Students begin lining up in the mini dome on the east and west side hallways at 9 am for the 10 am ceremony. Students should be in assigned places no later than 9:30 a.m.

Afternoon Ceremony- Students begin lining up in the mini dome on the east and west side hallways at 1 pm for the 2 pm ceremony. Students should be in assigned places no later than 1:30 p.m.

What time should I tell my guests to arrive?

Approximately 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

What if I lose my name card?

Information tables will be set up on the east side for replacement name cards, safety pins, tassels, etc.

When and where do I get my honors medallion?

When you pick up your cap and gown. They will not be given out at lineup.

*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.

Do I have to stay through the entire ceremony?

Yes.

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 guest needing wheelchair access?

An area in Section C is reserved for those requiring a sign language interpreter and general seating area meets all requirements for handicap access and is wheelchair accessible by ramp.

**Limited seating is provided on the West Side arena floor for those unable to use the stairs or ramps. This view can be restricted by ceremony participants. Only ONE person may accompany the person in this area. Admittance to this area is by ticket only (tickets will be issued after graduation rehearsal). Guests using this area may unload under the west side but must park elsewhere. Guests in this area should arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. You will not be allowed to enter the area while candidates are marching or being seated. Once seated in this area you must remain in the designated area. Please do not stand near the ribbon for photographs

Where do I park?

Guests should enter the parking area by the traffic signal on State of Franklin. The new parking garage is open for public parking. The parking garage can be accessed by turning onto Jack Vest Drive at the red light located on the corner of West State of Franklin Road and Jack Vest Drive.  Those with disability passes and disabled driver car tags may drop off attendees with disabilities by using the turnaround land between the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center and the parking garage.  

Those with disability passes and disabled driver car tags may drop off attendees with disabilities by using the turnaround lane between the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center and the parking garage.  

* Handicapped parking, 24-hour reserved, and fire lane restrictions must be
strictly observed.

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.

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

Not during the ceremony. You will have an opportunity to see the graduate after the graduation ceremony.