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  • Assemble next to the pond in Alumni Park at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive on time. Check in with the School of Public Policy personnel and locate assigned seat. Seat assignments are made alphabetically.
  • Instructions will be given at the time of lineup and the line of march will be organized by the marshal and staff ushers. Graduates shall stay in order as they are ushered to the field, taking the same seat assigned to them in the assembly area. No one may enter the line of march after it has begun to move. Graduates will please watch the faculty and ushers for their cues.
  • Men should remove their caps for all prayers, the national anthem, and the pledge of allegiance.
  • Graduates will need to select their hooder and notify the Office of the Dean of the hooders name and relationship to the graduate by April 5. Hooders must arrive and take their assigned seat by 10:00 a.m. Hooders may be a family member, spouse, faculty member, or other important person in the graduate's life.
  • Hooder demonstrations and instructions will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • During the ceremony, the dean will ask the candidates to rise and remain standing until all degrees are conferred. Upon cues from the staff ushers, graduates will march forward to receive their diploma. Graduates will enter the stage on the right side; shake hands with the president, exit on the left side, and return to their seat.
  • Following the benediction, the program participants will exit first, followed by the graduates, and then the faculty.
  • A reception in honor of all graduates will occur in Alumni Park immediately following the ceremony.
  • Graduation will be crowded, so graduates should make arrangements to meet family and friends ahead of time.