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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I order my academic attire?
You DO NOT order attire. By submitting your graduate response form attire is ordered for you. You simply purchase your cap and gown at the bookstore beginning June 3, 2013. Included with your purchase of attire, the bookstore will provide you with a packet of information including: 6 Commencement Tickets, your "name-to-be-read" card, and additional instructions.
Is there a rehearsal for commencement?
No rehearsal is scheduled. When you purchase your academic attire, you will receive an envelope which contains:
When do I wear the academic attire?
You wear the academic attire only for the commencement ceremony.
Do my guests need tickets to attend the Commencement Ceremony?
Yes. The use of tickets for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony was instituted in order to give each family equal access to the ceremony. It is hoped that this procedure will result in a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Each graduating student will be allotted six tickets for Commencement. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of June 14, 2013. Unfortunately, we are prohibited from issuing additional tickets. However, a live video stream of the ceremony will be available online. Students may pick up their tickets and academic attire at the campus bookstore beginning June 3, 2013.
What do I receive when I cross the stage?
On stage, you will receive only your portfolio (diploma case). The diploma will be mailed to you by the Office of the Registrar once the completion of academic requirements has been verified. The mailings will begin in September for June graduates. Any questions about diplomas should be directed to Student Records directly at 408-554-4331.
How do we line up?
Students are lined up by College, School, or Division, (Arts, Business, Education, Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries, and Engineering), then by Program, and finally in alphabetical order by last name.
What do the hoods signify?
The hoods signify several things:
Do I need a parking permit for Graduate Commencement?
No parking permits are needed for Graduate Commencement.