Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Instructions for Graduates

Students must complete a Graduation Application and pay their $25 application fee to participate in the ceremony. Students who submit their application after May 15th are able to participate in the ceremony but will not have their name listed in the Graduation Program.

Check in Card

You are required to have a "Check in Card" in order to cross the stage to receive your diploma cover. Your name will be preprinted on the card. You will hand the Check in Card to a reader who will use the card to announce your name as you cross the stage. If your name is difficult to pronounce, spell your name phonetically to assist the reader. The readers will only read your name, there is no time for extra messages. You must present a Check in Card to walk across the stage.

Check in Cards can be picked up at Registration and Records beginning Wednesday, June 12th, 9 am to 4 pm or Thursday, June 13th, 9 am to 4 pm. On Graduation Day the Check in Card can be picked up under the Library overhang from 11 am until 1 pm.

Tacoma Program students should pick up their Check in Card at the Registration and Records table on Friday, June 14th.

Graduate Program students should contact their Program Assistant Directors.


The processional line-up will be between the LAB buildings and Lecture Halls. You should plan to be in the processional line-up by 12:30 pm on June 14th. Have your Check in Card with you. Staff will be available to assist you with the line-up.

Graduates will process in 4 columns (noted below). Each column will be led by a marshal (Academic Dean) and will process to one of four seating sections.

Column #1 will begin with MPA, MES and MIT graduates, then Tacoma and Tribal graduates followed by all other undergraduates. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th columns will be filled with the remaining undergraduates. If you want to be seated with a friend or a group of friends, you should line up in the same column, not beside each other in different columns.

1st Column 2nd, 3rd and 4th Columns
All Other Undergraduates
All Undergraduates

As you process onto Red Square, you will move through a crowd, including faculty members.  Please move through the crowd to your seats as quickly as possible.  We will have approximately 1,000 graduates who will process and be seated before the ceremony begins. 

After the graduation speeches, students receiving graduate degrees will be introduced first, followed by Tacoma graduates, then Tribal graduates followed by the remaining undergraduates.
Each row will be directed to rise and form a line leading to the name readers. Please remain seated until a marshal directs you to line up. Y
ou will be ushered into 1 of 2 lines, one for each name reader. Present your card to the name reader. After your name is read, proceed in your line to the stage. A marshal will direct you across the stage to receive your diploma cover and have your photograph taken. After you receive your diploma cover, a marshal will direct you off the stage for your final photograph. 

aerial image of graduation past