College graduation ceremonies aren’t exactly the most entertaining affairs.
A speaker will make a case to “follow your passion” followed by a glorified roll call that, depending on the size of the school, can literally last hours.
Still, to lower the probability of something going awry, schools provide an FAQ. While these documents read like a CSPAN transcript on tax reform, I did come across a few passages worth sharing.
Q: My gown is wrinkled, what do I do?
A: DO NOT IRON IT, it will melt! Simply hang it up overnight.
Q: Will you really be collecting tickets?
A: Yes! The Agganis staff will be making sure that everyone has a ticket, so DON’T LOSE YOUR TICKETS because your guests will not be able to attend.
Q: Does my child need a ticket?
A: Children, with the exception of infants and toddlers who remain on an adult’s lap, must have a ticket. Campus and Community Safety officers will enforce this policy. Children are not permitted to march or sit with the graduates.
Q: If it rains and graduation is in the gym, can I get more rain-site tickets? If it rains, can I attend the first ceremony even though my name is in the second half of the alphabet?
A: No and no. McDonough Gymnasium will be filled to capacity, so we cannot issue additional rain-site tickets or allow graduates and families to choose which ceremony to attend. There is generally overflow seating (with a televised broadcast of the ceremony) in a tent outside the gym, as well as the McShain Lounge.
Q: Are dogs allowed at Commencement?
A: Dogs may be brought onto the UCLA campus exterior spaces if they are under the control of a competent person and restrained by substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length. A complete policy can be obtained. However, because some participants or audience members may be allergic to or afraid of dogs and we want to ensure that commencement is a positive experience for everyone, bringing a dog is discouraged with the exception of guide, signal, and service dogs used by disabled persons in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code.
Pima Community College
Q: What should I do if I’m feeling nervous?
A: Relax, take a few deep breaths. Make eye contact with someone. Smile. Talk. It’s not a final exam, so just have fun. And be careful on those stage stairs!
Q: What’s the proper way to receive the congratulatory scroll?
A: Extend your right hand to shake hands with the dignitaries on stage. As you shake hands, extend your left hand above the right to receive the scroll.
Q: I graduated several years ago and want to participate in a Commencement Ceremony.
A: You are welcome to come to the event as a guest. Due to the fact that we are at capacity for University Commencement, you may only participate in a Commencement Ceremony if you are eligible.
Eastern Kentucky University
Q: Will EKU kick me out if I don’t finish my degree by my graduation term on my application?
A: NO, NO, NO … the term you have on your application is just a goal, it is when you anticipate you might graduate. If all things go as planned, and all courses are offered when you need them, and the stars are aligned just right, etc. But life happens. That anticipated graduation term may need to be adjusted. Your College Graduation Expert will do that for you. Contact her/him to discuss deferring graduation to a later semester, or it may be done for you after your application is reviewed, or after your final grades are reviewed.
Be sure your graduate gives you the tickets before Friday morning (when the graduation ceremony takes place).
What’s the take away from this deep research?
If I attend UCLA’s graduation ceremony, I’m definitely not taking a dog.