Graduation Ceremonies:What are the dates for the spring 2013 graduation ceremonies?
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Who is eligible to walk in the ceremony?
Fall 2012 graduates, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 candidates for graduation.
When will I receive detailed information regarding the ceremony?
Information is e-mailed to students who have filed their Official Degree Plan and Application for a Certificate or Diploma. You should receive ceremony information the week of April 12, 2013.
What time is the graduation ceremony and how long does it last?
The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts approximately 2 hours; however, check-in time is 1:00 p.m. for the graduates.
Where is the ceremony held?
The ceremony will be held at Jessie Owens Complex--Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 South Polk Street, Dallas, 75232.
Will there be a graduation ceremony rehearsal?
No, graduates will receive all the necessary information in their Graduate Packet before the ceremony and during the check-in process the night of graduation.
What about graduation gowns? Is there a cost? When and where do I get mine? Can I keep it?
The cap and gowns are sold in the bookstore beginning April 8, 2013. The cost is about $30.00.
What do I need to do to be able to participate in the Spring 2013 graduation ceremony?
- You must complete all your certificate or degree requirements in the Fall 2012, or within 12 credit hours of completing for Spring 2013, or Summer 2013 semesters
- You need to have an Official Degree Plan Request form on file with the Degree Audit/Graduation Office
- Submit an Application for a Certificate or Diploma in the Degree Audit/ Graduation Office, located in A-169, no later than Friday, March 15, 2013
How many people can I bring?
How can I obtain an "Official" Degree Plan?
You need to file your degree plan with an Advisor in the Advising Center. The advisor will assist you in completing the paperwork as well as review your certificate and/or degree requirements with you.
Where can I get the form to apply for a degree or certificate?
The Application for a Certificate or Diploma form is available online until March 15, 2013 or in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office on the first floor of the A-Building. If you have an Official Degree Plan on file, you may submit your application for graduation directly to the Degree Audit/Graduation Office.
What if I have not completed the above steps or submitted my paperwork by the deadline?
You may still participate but your name will not be in the program
Cap and Gown:
How should my cap be worn?
The cap is worn so the mortarboard is level and parallel to the ceiling. It should not be tipped to the back or to the side of the head The crown should be approximately one inch above the .eyebrows and rest approximately one to one and one-half inches above each ear. The point you to the ceremony. Ladies may need to use bobby pins to keep the cap on, so remember to bring some with will be close to the middle of your forehead. This also helps insure the mortarboard is level.
How do I tell the front from the back of the cap?
The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of your cap. Place the cap on your head as instructed above.
Should the cap be removed anytime during the graduation ceremony?
The cap is an essential part of the academic dress and remains on the head throughout the graduation ceremony.
How do I wear the tassel?
Tassels are worn forward on the right front side. When the cap is in the correct position on the head, the tassel will hang off the right front cap edge. Tassels must never hang off the back of the cap. All graduates wear the tassel on the same side. During the ceremony, the graduates will be instructed to move their tassels to the left to signify the conferring of the degree/certificate.
How do I take care of my gown?
The gown should NOT be put in a hot dryer or ironed! Place your robe on a hanger immediately. You may want to place your robe in the bathroom while showering; the steam will assist in removing the wrinkles.
What should I wear underneath the gown?
Graduation is a formal ceremony. Therefore, appropriate attire is required. Women should wear conservative semi-formal or business attire and dark shoes. Men should wear dress shirts regular dark ties, dark slacks, dark socks and shoes. Coats and jackets should not be worn, as they are hot and bulky under the graduation robe. Blue jeans, athletic attire, or athletic shoes will not be allowed. Failure to dress appropriately will mean removal from the ceremony.