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Commencement Etiquette

In the interest of creating a memorable and respectful Commencement Ceremony, CCRI asks that graduates follow these guidelines:

Stay for the ceremony

Be respectful to your fellow graduates and stay for the entire ceremony. Leaving after you cross the stage to receive your diploma is disruptive. And, you want to cheer on every last graduate as they were there to cheer you on!

Keep it sober!

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or other substances is strictly prohibited during the Commencement Ceremonies. We appreciate your cooperation.

Dress to impress

Business casual clothing should be suitable for this special occasion. You may want to consider comfortable shoes as you will be walking and standing for a considerable about of time.

Proper cap & gown wearing

The gown should be worn fully closed with the zipper in front. The cap should be worn flat or cocked slightly forward. The inside of the crown of the cap usually has a mark indicating which point is the front of the cap. That point should face forward when the cap is worn. The tassel is worn on the right until the degree has been conferred, at which time it is flipped to the left side. We encourage graduates to show off their creativity and decorate their cap!

Silence your phone

Or put it on vibrate to be respectful of the speakers and your fellow graduates. Remember, too, to keep your phone with you at all times. Leaving it on your seat is not advised as there is a chance you will return to a seat that is different than the one you had originally.

Crossing the stage

Only graduates should cross the stage to receive their diploma. Please do not bring your children, spouse, pet (unless if is a Certified Service Animal), mother, mother-in-law or any other important person in your life on stage with you.  And while we love enthusiasm, signature dance moves and selfies are not necessary.

Leave your pet at home

Only Certified Service Animals are permitted in the Dunk for Commencement exercises. Pets and Emotional Support Animals are not allowed. For the safety of all guests and your pet, please leave your pet at home.