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  • Provost Arnett leads the faculty down the middle aisle during the processional at commencement

Faculty Commencement Information

Commencement exercises are your opportunity to celebrate the students who you have helped reach this momentous milestone. Here's what you need to know to join the provost during one of the ceremonies.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

  • Faculty who are hooding graduates should proceed to the check in station, located near the entrance to the elevator bank and large rehearsal hall on the Assembly Street side of the Koger Center, an hour before the ceremony starts to receive further instructions before the ceremony begins.
  • Faculty attending the ceremony but not hooding a graduate should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and report to the large rehearsal hall.


Bachelor’s, Master’s and Professional Commencement Ceremonies

Ceremonies for those receiving bachelor’s, master’s and professional degrees take place in the Colonial Life Arena. Faculty should plan to arrive 45 minutes ahead of the ceremony's start time to begin the robing process.


Faculty Tickets

A ticket is required for entry to the ceremonies taking place at the Colonial Life Arena.  


Clear Bag Policy

Colonial Life Arena has a clear bag policy that is enforced during commencement exercises for all participants, including faculty and platform party.



Parking and transportation information is available on the commencement map.


Faculty Procession

Enter the Colonial Life Arena at the entrance located at the intersection of Lincoln Street and College Street. Faculty will not be allowed to enter from the back entrance of CLA.

Upon entering the Colonial Life Arena’s concourse, look for the sign “Elevator to Faculty & Platform Party Robing Areas." Take the elevator down to the arena floor level. Additional signs will direct you to your appropriate robing area.

Plan to robe 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. The faculty procession into the arena  begins 10 minutes before the ceremony begins.


Platform Party

The Platform Party will assemble in the Green Room on the arena floor level by 30 minutes prior to the ceremony's start time. The procession will consist of selected university administrators, deans of the colleges and schools, members of the Board of Trustees and President Michael Amiridis.

Ten minutes before each ceremony begins, the provost, registrar and the secretary of the board lead the various sections of this procession.

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