All graduates register to be part of commencement here.
Master's degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 9 a.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building for the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Master's degree candidates will line up alphabetically according to last name within their academic discipline.
Associate and bachelor's degree Evening and Online undergraduate candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 12 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building for the 1 p.m. ceremony.
Associate and bachelor's degree traditional undergraduate candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 3 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building for the 4 p.m. ceremony.
All undergraduate candidates will line up in alphabetical order according to last name.
Honor marshals and Lakeland staff members will be available to assist graduates in donning caps and gowns, finding their place in line and answering questions. Please leave any purses or other items typically carried in a vehicle or with family/friends.
Shortly before a ceremony begins, the line marshals and the commencement marshal will direct the graduates to the seats in the Woltzen Gym, location of the commencement ceremonies. Please do not rush; walk slowly and in a dignified manner, with a distance of approximately eight feet (four steps) between pairs of marchers.
The line marshals will direct graduates to their seat. When graduates get to their seats, they should remain standing, turn to face the back of the room, rotating to the front as the faculty and the platform participants pass and take their places in the front and on the platform. Remain standing until after the invocation. Caps are to be worn during the procession, the conferring of all degrees and awards and during the recession. Men are to remove their caps for the invocation, the singing of the National Anthem, the Alma Mater and the benediction. When in doubt about when to wear or remove your cap, follow the example of Lakeland President David Black.
Graduates receive diplomas in the mail, six to eight weeks after the term in which degree requirements are completed. Participants in commencement will receive a diploma jacket when crossing the stage during the ceremony.