Etiquette, Protocols and the Processional


Graduates and guests should wear appropriate business attire.
Graduates should wear comfortable shoes since they will be going up and down steps and onto the stage.

Personal Possessions

Graduates should not bring personal possessions (purses, cameras, cell phones and other electronic devices).

Flowers, Balloons, Horns

Balloons, horns, and noisemakers of any kind are prohibited.
Flowers should not be presented or worn until after the ceremony.

Cell Phones, Electronic Devices and Cameras

Cell phone and electronic devices are not to be used.
Tripods and recording devices are not to be used.
No person may approach the stage for any reason.


Graduates and guests should refrain from applauding and cheering until the names of all the graduates are announced.

Food, Beverage, and Smoking

No food or beverages are permitted.
The Kimmel Center is a smoke-free facility.

Information Table

Graduates should enter the Grand Lobby and will be directed on where to go.

Robing and Procession

Graduates will be helped with robing and line placement for the procession.
Graduates will be given a name card.
During the ceremony, the graduate will hand his card to the administrator at the podium who will announce the graduate's name to the audience.


Professional photographers will take photos of graduates receiving their diplomas.
These photos will be available for purchase.