Commencement Day Directions for Graduates
Monday, May 13, 2013
Prior to Ceremony
All graduates must report to the Connecticut Convention
Center Ballroom Level at 10:30 a.m. for individual and class
photographs. Photographs are taken on the Grand Staircase of the
Convention Center. Following photographs, students may
congregate in the Meeting Room areas for refreshments and
The processional begins PROMPTLY at 12:45 p.m.
- Dental Students
- Graduate Students
- Medical Students
1. Attire: Wear gown and cap with tassel on the left, hood is
drooped over the left arm. Staff members will assist with the
proper folding of the hood.
2. Index Card: This is very important. Please obtain
an index card at
the check-in table on the Ballroom Level of the Convention
Center. This card will have your name and number on it. It is
used to line up everyone in the proper order. On the back of the
card, please write your new address as well as your personal
email address. This information will be used to send you your
photographs. We cannot send them to you without a current
3. Lining Up: Students will line up for the
processional as instructed by assigned staff members and behind
the school marshal. Once again the order is dental students
followed by graduate students and in a separate line medical
students. You must stay in order otherwise you will be handed
the wrong diploma.
4. Marching: Follow the marshals. They are there to direct you
to your seats. Please remain standing until all students have
5. Gifts: A copy of the commencement program bearing
your name and a small gift will be on your seat.
6. Distribution of Diplomas: To receive your diploma
do as the marshal instructs. Approach the stage, hand your index
card to the school marshal who will be the first at the podium.
Your name will be read off the card, please proceed to the
middle of the stage to shake hands and receive your diploma. To
the right will be the hooding marshals. The chief marshal will
then direct you to one of three hooders (the farthest from you,
the middle hooder, or the one closest to you.) If you are
directed to either of the first two, please walk behind the
other hooders rather than walk in front of them. If your parent
is a UConn Health Center faculty member, you may request to have
him/her hood you. This must be arranged in advance. In that
case, please tell the chief marshal that your parent will be
hooding you. You will be hooded and professional photographs
will be taken. You will then exit the platform, stage left
(i.e., as you face the audience you will move to your left.)
Please do not walk in front of other students who are having
their pictures taken.
7. Exiting: Exit the stage and return to your seat.
- Dental School Graduates
- Graduate School Graduates
- Medical School Graduates
After the Ceremony
8. Photographs: Following the recessional there will be time for you to meet
up with family members outside the ballrooms for photographs.
9. Reception: Reception will immediately follow the ceremony in an
adjacent ballroom. If you are making dinner plans for that
evening, it is recommended that you make reservations after 5
10. Professional Signature Book: A tradition since 1979, this
book, which was the class gift from that year’s graduating
class, is kept at the Health Center and brought out at the time
of commencement to collect and record the signature of each
graduate in a meaningful and lasting fashion. Be sure to sign
the book with your first real M.D. or D.M.D. signature.
11. Returning Caps and Gowns: All caps and gowns must be returned at the check-in desk
located outside the ballrooms before departing the Convention
Center. Staff members will be available to assist you.