• Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • No flowers are to be worn or carried during the ceremony.
  • No signs, messages, etc. on cap.
  • No chewing of gum or candy.
  • The use of electrical appliances such as irons and curling irons will NOT be allowed.


  • Guests should arrive on campus at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony and be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.
  • Late arrivals may be asked to wait until the academic procession is finished (approximately 15 minutes) before they are seated.
  • Handicapped-accessible guest seating is available on a first-come basis.  
  • Guests are not permitted in the graduate seating area.
  • Guests are to remain seated during the entire ceremony.
  • No strollers, car seats, or baby carriers of any kind will be allowed in the seating area.
  • Balloons are not permitted in the seating area.
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the seating area.
  • Taking pictures and videotaping is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not permitted. Cameras must be battery operated and patrons must remain seated while taking photographs and videotaping.