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Commencement

Information for Graduates

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Student Participation

Confirmation of participation is required in order to participate in the ceremonies. Registration for Fall 2021 coming soon.

  • Program of Events

    Rehearsal

    There will be no formal rehearsal. Information regarding meeting with readers will be announced soon. 

    Program

    The program will be a combination of video recordings and a live address from President Oldham. Once the program is completed, the graduates will then walk across the stage.

    » Fall 2021 Commencement Program (PDF) coming soon

    Arrival

    Graduates need to arrive at least an hour early.

    Name Card Pick Up

    Name cards will be located in the east gym of the Academic Wellness Center. All graduates should proceed directly to the name card table through the pool entrance.

    After receiving your name card, you will be directed to a seat in the Hooper Eblen Center. Specific seats will not be assigned, and graduates can sit in any seat within the area designated for their college. Please be seated at least 20 minutes before your ceremony is scheduled to begin. 

    Walking Across the Stage

    You will be directed when to stand and walk to the stage. You will give your name card to an usher on the ramp and proceed across the stage as your name is read. You will stand on the marked spot for your photo. Then you will pick up your diploma cover, and as you exit the stage, you will have another photo taken. 

    Information for PhD candidates 

    Ph.D. candidates will be hooded on the platform and will be assisted by their advisors and deans. Advisors who will be hooding students will sit on the floor beside students. It's encouraged to contact your advisor beforehand to get an idea where to meet.

    Advisors and students can meet at the name card table. We encourage each advisor and Ph.D. candidate to communicate with each other prior to the ceremony to coordinate their plans.  

    Exiting

    After you walk across the stage, you will exit toward a photo opportunity. After the photo, graduates will exit through the tunnel to meet their family and friends. Graduates will not return to their seats and there is no recessional.  

  • Dress Code & Behavior

    Dress Code

    • Men: Slacks (no jeans or shorts), shirt, and comfortable dress shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes).

    • Women: Dresses or skirts, slacks, or capri pants (no jeans or shorts), and comfortable dress shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops).

    There will be no place to store personal belongings during the ceremony, so please leave those with family members. Keep in mind that you will be standing for quite a while so choose clothing and shoes for comfort.

    Behavior

    • Anyone under the influence of alcohol is subject to being removed from the line.

    • Use of cell phones during ceremony is prohibited.

    • Use of air horns and other such devices is prohibited and those devices will be confiscated.

  • Accommodations

    Special Facilities

    Any candidate requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact the  Accessible Education Center at 931-372-6119.

    Questions concerning disabled parking areas may be directed to the University Police at 931-372-3234.

    Confidentiality of Student Records

    NOTE: To have your name appear in the printed Commencement Program, your online registration request must be submitted by the official submission deadline.

    If a Nondisclosure of Directory Information request is on file, the University will not release the candidate’s name for any commencement publications that are made available to the public. This can include: proofs of gradation photos, hometown news releases, commencement program, etc. The candidate can request the removal of the nondisclosure request by logging into Eagle Online and removing the “Confidential Flag” on the student record. 

    Guest Arrival Information

    Please enter through the Hooper Eblen Center's main entrance. Guests may enter no earlier than one hour before the ceremony.

    Streaming

    Each ceremony will be live streamed. The link will be available here.

  • Photographs

    GradImages is the official photographer for Tech's graduation ceremony. Following commencement, your photos will be available to view and order by visiting the website at www.gradimages.com.

    To ensure you receive your photo proofs, please register at gradimages.com/registration.

    On the GradImages website, simply enter your Last Name, your School Name, and select your graduation year from the drop down menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net. 

    If a Nondisclosure of Directory Information request is on file, the University will not release the candidate’s name for any commencement publications that are made available to the public. This can include: proofs of gradation photos, hometown news releases, commencement program, etc. The candidate can request the removal of the nondisclosure request by logging into Eagle Online and removing the “Confidential Flag” on the student record. 

     

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