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Graduation ceremony

May 8, 2010 at 2 p.m., Saint Martin's Marcus Pavilion

What is commencement?
Commencement is the ceremony when degrees are conferred. Essential elements include the conferring of degrees and commencement address.

Schedule/Event information for grads
Noon - Graduates need to arrive wearing cap, tassel, gown and hood.

1:15 p.m. - Graduates will assemble at the bottom of the Grand Staircase (off Pacific Ave.). If it is raining, assemble at northwest end of Pavilion (by the softball fields). Graduates will receive an index card with their procession number and seating placement.

Procession
Ushers will direct graduates row by row and will instruct when to leave to go to the stage.

Receiving the diploma
The diploma should be received in the left hand, leaving the right hand free to shake hands with SMU President Roy F. Heynderickx.  As graduates cross the stage, Abbot Neal will shake their hand.

Recession
Graduates are last to leave, following faculty. Ushers will assist.