CAPS/GS Faculty Information

Commencement is the capstone event in higher education, celebrating a great deal of academic effort and hard work by both graduates and faculty. Thank you for your investment in the lives of CAPS/GS students.

Commencement Ceremonies

Sunday, May 25
1 and 4 p.m. | Doors open 1 hour before the ceremony starts.
Benson Great Hall

Your affiliated degree program determines which ceremony you attend. Check program assignments to confirm which ceremony is yours.

Full-time faculty whose primary school affiliation is CAPS/GS are required to attend the CAPS/GS ceremony designated for their degree program unless excused by the academic dean. They are strongly encouraged to attend both ceremonies. Full-time faculty who carry a split load and whose primary school affiliation is CAS are required to attend the CAS ceremony designated for their CAS department. They are also expected to attend the CAPS/GS ceremony designated for their CAPS/GS degree program. Adjunct instructors are not required to attend a ceremony. However, they are encouraged to attend the ceremony designated for the degree program in which they teach, and they are welcome to attend both ceremonies.

Two weeks before commencement, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your ceremony attendance. Your reply ensures your seat in Benson Great Hall with fellow faculty members.

Faculty Lineup

There is no rehearsal. Instead, important ceremony instructions will be given at lineup. Report to CC 311 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. Wear your full academic regalia, including cap, gown, and hood. CC311 is the band room on level 3 of the Clauson Center.

If you are part of the program personnel, report instead to the President’s Office 20 minutes before the ceremony starts. Additional instructions will be sent to you about your role in the ceremony.

Faculty members are part of the processional and recessional and sit on stage during the ceremony. Students will process into Benson Great Hall first, followed by faculty and then program personnel. The recessional order is opposite: program personnel recess out first, followed by faculty and then graduates.

Commencement Reception

A reception for graduates, guests, and faculty will take place in Brushaber Commons after the ceremony. Please go directly to the reception to meet graduates and their guests. Hallway hosts will direct everyone to the reception. Signs identifying degree programs will be posted throughout the reception area as gathering points for grads, guests, and faculty. Some degree programs will gather in the Underground, and some in Monson Dining Center. Refreshments will be available.


Wear your full regalia, including cap, gown, and hood. If you do not own regalia, you may rent or purchase it through the Campus Store. Email Brenda Edinger at for details. Orders must be placed by May 1 to ensure delivery.


Direct students to student information. Direct guests to guest information. If you have questions about your role in commencement, please email