Senior Lecturer FAQ

How do I register to participate in Commencement?
We offer a webform through which you may order regalia, register to march, and request a guest ticket. Online registration is now open.

Where do I pick up and return my rented regalia?

Regalia may be picked up on Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm in room 8-119. On Friday, June 6, rented regalia may be picked up in Kresge Lobby at 8:30 am. Rented regalia may be returned to room 8-119 on June 6 immediately after Commencement until 4 pm and from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday, June 9, 2013.

Where is assembly for Senior Lecturers on Commencement morning?
Senior Lecturers are asked to report to the assembly tent on Kresge Oval between 8:30 and 9:15 am on June 6 for robing and assembly. Continental breakfast will be available.

How long are the Commencement Exercises?
The Commencement Exercises, which officially begin as the Academic Procession enters Killian Court at 10 am, conclude at approximately 1:30 pm. The names of graduates are read in alternating order between undergraduates and graduates.

Do I need a ticket to participate in Commencement?
No. If you are marching in the Academic Procession, you will be seated on the stage so you do not need a ticket.

Can I greet a special graduating student at Commencement?
There is limited space for moving on stage during the ceremony, but our faculty marshals work to allow Senior Lecturers to find a way to greet special students.

Can I leave the stage and return during Commencement?
Senior Lecturers are an important part of the greeting during Commencement and are therefore asked to remain on stage. However, if you need to leave, there are stairs off the back of the stage and the faculty marshals can help you leave and return to stage once the actual awarding of degrees begins. Please look for staff behind the stage - they will provide you a pass that will permit you to return to the stage.

What happens after Commencement?
All are invited to the individual School and department receptions held across campus. Details are forthcoming through your departments.

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