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Commencement Ceremony & Graduate Hooding 2024

Commencement Ceremony & Graduate Hooding 2024
for Main Campus & Professional Studies students
2:30 p.m. in MOVED - Stewart Field House

2024 Commencement Ceremony Live Stream

For those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person, we will be streaming it here.

Commencement Ceremony & Graduate Hooding 2024

for Main Campus & Professional Studies students

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024
Start time: 2:30 p.m. CST

Watch on YouTube

Weather Updates

  • In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. (If we move to the inclement weather plan, we ask each graduate to bring no more than six guests due to space limitations.)

The decision to move commencement exercises indoors will be posted on, your email and social media sites. You can also call (620) 229-6333 or 800-846-1543 ext. 6333 for more information.

Need a map or directions?  Go HERE!

Indoor Location to View Commencement

The following climate-controlled location is available for viewing of the Commencement Ceremony:

  • Richardson Performing Arts Center in Christy Administration Building

Handicap Parking Available

Parking will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.

Instructions for Graduates

1:30 p.m. Pick up name cards and line up in LOWER LEVEL of Stewart Field House.

  • Caps and gowns are worn for this ceremony.
  • Line up order is by degree not major.

Procession to the east side of Stewart Field House

  • Listen carefully to instructions given and follow the junior marshals.
  • The stage party and the faculty precede you in line. When you proceed to the seating area, sit down to be sure every chair is filled.
  • The junior marshals will cue you when it is time for your row to stand and proceed to the stage.
  • During the commencement ceremonies, there will be a picture taken of you and the President and another of you in front of the flags. There will also be a designated area for family to take pictures of you should they choose to do so.  See detals about Genesee Photos. An institutional gallery of images from Commencement weekend ceremonies will be available at
  • You will be given two name cards—one card for the reader as you enter onto the stage; the second card should be given to the photographer’s assistant when your picture is taken with the flags after crossing the stage.
  • Return to your seat for the remainder of the ceremony.

Diploma Pick-Up

  • Graduates whose degrees have been conferred effective May 7 may pick up their diploma immediately after the ceremony at the concession stand on the south end of Jantz Stadium.
  • Those undergraduates who walk but are May 30 or August 30 graduates will be contacted by the Registrar's Office about diploma delivery.

In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. 

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