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University Commencement Ceremony

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The Fall 2016 Commencement ceremony will be held Friday, December 16, at 3 p.m. in Millett Assembly Hall. Doors to Millett will open at 1 p.m. Tickets are not required.

President Greg Crawford will preside at the ceremony. During the ceremony, doctoral candidates will be individually recognized and hooded; master's degree candidates will be individually recognized; bachelor's and associate's degree candidates will be individually recognized by division; and ROTC candidates will be commissioned. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. The event is open to the public and there will be no rehearsal. Students are to enter Millett Hall with their cap and gown in hand. All items on the prohibited items list will be confiscated if found on any person preparing to enter Millett Hall or the floor. The ushers and marshals will notify the candidates when it is time to put on their academic attire. Please review the prohibited items list prior to the ceremony.


All university parking lots and parking garages will be open to the public. Accessible parking is available at Millett in the Northwest and West parking lots with state-issued disability placard. 


All seating is on a first-come basis.  


Commencement ceremonies are a special event for all involved. We ask that you show respect for everyone who shares in the experience by creating an occasion that will appropriately highlight your achievements. The university ceremony is a dignified program governed by academic tradition, overall good manners, and state and local laws. Therefore, possession of alcoholic beverages or materials that may disrupt the ceremony is prohibited.

Guests will not be permitted on the main arena floor for photographic purposes, as such activity can be very distracting for others. You will receive a separate mailing from Graduation Foto (800-283-1779 or that offers several photo purchase options.

Where to Assemble

Millett Hall will open at 1 p.m. Plan to arrive at Millett no later than 2:15 p.m.

  • Master's, Specialist, and Doctoral Candidates will report to the Graduate School location in the south lobby 
  • Undergraduate Candidates will report to their appropriate School/College table, located in either the east or west concourse area 
  • ROTC Candidates will follow the assembly instructions received by their service unit


After reporting to your appropriate area, each candidate will be given a name card. It is very important that you pick up your name card so that you can be recognized as you cross the stage during the ceremony. Once you have your name card, please fill in the information that the photography company has asked for. This information will be on the front and back of the name card, so please remember to fill in the information on both sides. After your name card is filled in, faculty marshals will line you up and direct you to seating on the arena floor.


Marshals will direct candidates up onto the stage for the conferring of degrees in the following order:

  • Undergraduate by division: College of Engineering and Computing; College of Creative Arts; Farmer School of Business; College of Education, Health and Society; College of Arts and Science; College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science
  • Specialist and Master's
  • Doctoral (Doctoral candidates receive their diploma covers on stage and are invested with their hoods by their major professors)

Once on stage, hand your name card to one of the divisional readers. As your name is read, you will cross the platform and shake hands with either the Provost or Dean. As you leave the stage, a photographer will take your picture. Faculty marshals will then direct you back to your seat.

Following the conferral of the graduate degrees, the ROTC candidates will be commissioned.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, remain in your seat during the formal recessional of the platform party. University marshals will then lead graduates from the arena.

General Information

Before leaving Millett Hall, please be sure that you have all personal belongings. Any items left behind will be taken to the University Police. You may also call 513-529-8135 regarding lost property.

Please note: Miami campuses are tobacco-free environments. Tobacco use is prohibited in all Miami University-owned facilities and property.