Faculty and staff play an important role in the various commencement activities.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend Baccalaureate Mass on Friday at 4:30 p.m. All participating faculty may begin robing in the Charneski Recreation Center as early as 3:30 p.m. The line-up and processional into Marcus Pavilion will begin at 4:10 p.m. Faculty will lead the procession, followed by the faculty marshals and deans, and then the graduates.
All faculty and staff officially participating in the commencement ceremony wear regalia. Faculty and staff may begin robing in the Charneski Recreation Center at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will help participating faculty, staff, trustees and stage party members prepare and line up, and will notify them when it is time to depart for Marcus Pavilion, around 9:40 a.m.
As a group, participating faculty, staff, trustees and stage party members, dressed in regalia, proceed from Charneski Recreation Center toward Marcus Pavilion, gathering inside the Norman Worthington Conference Center hallway. Faculty then enter Marcus Pavilion and form two lines, creating a "tunnel," through which graduates process into Marcus Pavilion. This tradition gives faculty the opportunity to welcome and congratulate graduates as they enter. The students' processional into Marcus Pavilion begins at 9:50 a.m. After all graduates have entered Marcus Pavilion, the two lines of faculty proceed in, followed by the stage party. Volunteer ushers will direct faculty into seats, which are in front of the graduates, and will assist in organizing the recessional. Faculty and staff are to return any borrowed regalia by 1 p.m. to Charneski Recreation Center.