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Commencement Day Instructions


The Opening Ceremony, which will be held on the IIT Ed Glancy Baseball Field, will take place from 10–11:30 a.m., and will include all candidates for bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees. Each graduating student who filled out the Ceremony Response Form by the February 29, 2016 deadline will receive (4) guest tickets, graduating students do not need a ticket for the ceremony. The ticket will gain your guests entrance to the Opening Ceremony and your Academic Unit Ceremony. Gates will open at 8 a.m. for the Opening Ceremony. Guests need to be seated no later than 9 a.m. Each guest 2 years of age and older will need a ticket to be admitted to the Opening Ceremony and Academic Unit Ceremonies.

Academic Unit Ceremonies will take place between noon–3 p.m. Students will attend one Academic Unit Ceremony based on his/her college or academic unit affiliation. Click here for a campus map and more information on individual event locations.


Students who were not able to attend Grad Salute to pick-up their regalia (cap and gown), please arrive to the MTCC starting at 7:30 a.m. near the bookstore to check-in and get your gown. If you were not able to get your guest tickets prior to commencement day, there will be a representative from each Academic Unit Ceremony to give you your tickets and answer any questions you have.

Opening Ceremony STudent LIne-Up

Please remember to bring your regalia when you come to the MTCC for Student Lineup for the Opening Ceremony. You will need to arrive at the MTCC no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in order to line up for the ceremony in the MTCC to march to Ed Glancy Baseball Field as a group. 

Commencement Marching Instructions

Honor Marshals will direct you in lining up. Students will begin to line up at MTCC at approximately 8:30 a.m. Students will be directed as to when to proceed to Ed Glancy Baseball Field. Honor Marshals also will instruct students on how to proceed from this point to their designated seats in the Opening Ceremony. 

Regalia Etiquette

You should wear the academic cap as near level on the head as possible. All tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap. After you receive your diploma cover and letter at the Academic Unit Ceremony, tassels should be moved to the left side.

Gowns should be closed in front as much as possible. Graduating students should wear business attire under their gowns and dark dress shoes. If you bring a jacket or a purse, please leave it with one of your guests. NOTE: IIT will not assume responsibility for lost or misplaced belongings.

Men should remove their caps in unison with the president and the faculty during the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. Women will always keep on their caps. Candidates will remain standing during The Star Spangled Banner. Please be seated after the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. 

Conferring of Degrees

At the Opening Ceremony the president of IIT will confer degrees upon candidates from each college as a group. The dean or director of your college will advance to the microphone and request each group of students to rise to be recognized. 

Academic Unit Ceremonies

Upon arrival at the individual Academic Unit Ceremonies, students will be issued 3x5 cards. These 3x5 cards will include file number, name, degree/major, and any other distinction for graduates to be announced by the presenter during the Academic Unit Ceremonies. It is important that you keep this card with you at all times.

At the Academic Unit Ceremonies, which will be held separately for each college or unit, deans/directors will present individual candidates with their diplomas or diploma cover and letter. Candidates will walk slowly across a stage as directed by their marshals, and family members will have an opportunity to photograph you as you receive your degree.

Please step forward and present your card to the dean/presenter to announce your name. As the presenter calls your name, you will receive your diploma or diploma cover and letter in the left hand from your dean. Shake hands with your dean and then walk slowly across the stage and back to a seat, as directed by the marshal. Be seated as soon as you reach your seat.