Doors to the venue will open at 11 a.m. for all graduates and guests with tickets. Graduates must arrive and check in no later than 11:30 a.m. Graduates who are late may not be able to participate in the ceremony.
Guests must be seated by 12:30pm. Guests not in their seats at this time must wait outside the arena until after the processional. Please plan your travel and arrival times accordingly.
Upon arrival all graduating students should check in at the marshaling area. Shoes with spike heels are prohibited in the marshaling area as they will damage the field turf. Comfortable low-heeled dress shoes are recommended since graduates will be marching and standing for long periods of time.
The marshaling area is not locked, personal items cannot be left there during the ceremony.
At check-in each student will be provided and should complete a name pronunciation card and a photographer information card during rehearsal. These are collected from you as you approach the stage. They should then go to the tables provided and phonetically spell out their names for the readers who will recognize them on stage. Students must keep both cards, so that they can hand them to the appropriate people before walking across the stage.
Graduates should then assemble in their college’s designated area. Faculty marshals and staff members will organize each college first by level and then by degree. Alumni volunteers will be on hand to help students with their robes.
Dual degree students will be organized by their primary degree as listed in BannerWeb. If you prefer to sit with your secondary degree, email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 1 to make arrangements.
Approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony, there will be a formal presentation from the Lawrence Tech Alumni Association and the Grand Marshal who will lead the procession.
All students must be in line and ready for the processional 20 minutes before the ceremony. Students will be led into the arena by the University’s administration, Board of Trustees, faculty, and student marshals and directed to their seats. All participants are asked to remain standing until after the invocation. Each graduate will have an official Commencement program on their chair.
All guests are asked to remain seated until the graduates have exited the arena.
The ceremony generally lasts around 2-3 hours.
Tickets are required for both graduates and their guests.
Family members and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony can watch it on live webcast.