Information for Saturday

Commencement information:

Please be advised that the weather forecast for this coming Saturday calls for cool temperatures (50 degrees), winds 10-20 mph and rain (heavy at times). While the tent will provide overhead coverage/protection, there will be no side panels for the tent. Please be sure to dress accordingly and advise your guests to do so also. As a reminder the regalia may run, so please wear dark colors and wear sensible footwear. Efforts will be made to keep all graduating students dry.

The procession begins precisely at 1:00PM, marching out of the front doors. The procession will be led by Dr. Harriett Gaddy, who carries the mace, followed by the bagpiper and then the Colonial Musketeers.  The rest of the procession will be self-evident.  The graduates will be held back at the entrance to the aisle leading up to the stage until the stage party is in their places and the faculty are in their rows.  At that point the sound crew will begin Pomp and Circumstance for the graduates to march in. Depending on how heavy it is raining at that time, we may shorten the route of procession. Please follow the directions provided at that time.

Ponchos will be provided to students, staff and faculty. Should you choose to bring an umbrella, please be mindful of others.

Live Commencement Ceremony streaming will be available:

Guests and family members can view the live streaming indoors at the Dining Hall (Lackland Center) or Little Theater or the Smith Rotunda.

All graduating students must check-in at lower level of SEAY building (gold dome building). Enter by the bookstore. The door with the blue awning.

Lineup and Robing:

Because of the limited space we are asking Faculty and Alumni to come robed and arrive closer to 12:30pm. Please congregate in the area outside of the Admissions Office in the Seay Building for lineup.

Executive Staff, Board Members and Dignitaries will robe and lineup in the International area located in the Seay building. Personal items will be locked up in the President’s Office during the Ceremony.

Faculty Marshals: Lynn Taylor(Grad), Lisa Plantamura (Grad), Steve McHugh (Undergrad), and George Petersen (Undergrad).
Lineup will be in two areas indoors. One group of graduates will meet in the Student Activities Center (SAC) and the other in the Front parlors. For students and guests there is no secure area to lock up personal items.

The following graduates will lineup in the Student Activities Center (SAC.) Upstairs from the bookstore. Same Entrance door as Check-in. Faculty Marshals for this group include Professors Taylor and Petersen.

MA (light blue or peacock hood)
MEd (light blue hood)
BA (white hood)
BFA (brown hood)
BSW (citron hood)
AA (blue gowns)
AS  (blue gowns)

The following graduates will line in the Front Parlors. First floor of Seay (gold dome building). Faculty Marshals for this group include Professors Plantamura and McHugh.

MBA (drab color hood)
MHA (salmon color hood)
BS (gold color hoods)

Handicap Seating:

Handicap guest seating will be available in one of the front rows on the lawn and on the front porch of Smith. Staff will be on hand to assist with directing those in need of assistance to appropriate locations.

*Please note that in the case of bad weather and relocation of Commencement to an indoor location, only people with tickets will be admitted regardless of seating needs.


VIP, Faculty, Staff and Alumni seating will be the first few rows under the big tent. Students are also seated under the big tent. Two additional tents have been set up for family and guests. Please be mindful of reserved seating signage.


  1. Handicap parking will be in the Staff/Faculty parking lot. A valid handicap placard or license plate will be required.
  2. VIP parking will be in the Smith Lot.
  3. Parking on the streets around Centenary is allowed on the weekend, but make sure that you pay attention to signage.
  4. Plane and Church Streets between Monroe and Jefferson will be closed to traffic around 12:30PM until our procession is over.
  5. There is no parking on Jefferson between Moore and Plane streets except for the Rescue Squad.

Brunch will be between 10:00AM and 12:00PM in the dining room in Lackland.  Reservations are required.

Baccalaureate Ceremony begins at 9am in the Sitnik Theater. All are welcome.  Students are not expected to come robed.

University Staff will be on hand Saturday morning to direct and answer questions.

Congratulations to all graduates as we look forward to a glorious day regardless of weather conditions!