On the day of the commencement, participants will need to meet ahead of time and line up while families take their seats in the auditorium. The ceremony begins with the processional of the graduates (you walk into the theater to “Pomp and Circumstance”). Next comes the welcome by the chair of the department, commencement speech, awards, presentation of scrolls (when graduates walk on stage and receive scrolls) and hooding (PhD students are hooded by faculty), closing remarks, followed by an informal reception just outside (depending on weather conditions). The ceremony will probably last 1.5-2 hours and the reception will probably end after an hour (around 4:30pm).
Instructions for participants
TO BE UPDATED BY THE END OF APRIL
A professional photography company will be on-site taking pictures of graduates as they receive their scrolls. More information about the vendor is forthcoming.
Food, drinks and smoking are prohibited in Zellerbach Playhouse. Wheelchair seating is available and graduates should indicate if they or any of their guests need special accommodations when they sign up to participate.