College of Arts & Sciences 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 CAS students.

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, December 20
4 p.m. | Lineup at 3:30 p.m.
Benson Great Hall

Full-time faculty members are expected to participate in their department's ceremony unless excused by the acting dean. Adjunct faculty members are encouraged to participate, especially if students from their department are graduating. 

In December you will receive an email containing commencement details and a response form. Faculty members are part of the processional and recessional. You will sit on stage during the ceremony and wear full academic regalia. There is no rehearsal, but important ceremony instructions will be given at faculty lineup. You will also receive a copy of the CAS commencement program at that time.

Faculty Lineup

Report to CC311 for faculty lineup by 3:30 p.m. Wear your full academic regalia. If you are part of the program personnel, report instead to the Office of the President for lineup by 3:45 p.m.

Under the direction of marshals, the graduating class will process into Benson Great Hall first, followed by faculty and then program personnel. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional order is opposite the processional: program personnel recess out first, followed by faculty and then graduates.

Commencement Reception

A reception for grads, 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 academic departments will be posted throughout the reception area as gathering points for grads, guests, and faculty. Some departments will gather in the Underground, and some will gather in Monson Dining Center. Light refreshments will be available.


All faculty must wear their full regalia at the ceremony, including cap, gown, and hood. If you do not own regalia, you may rent or purchase it for commencement through the Campus Store. Email the campus store for details. Orders must be placed by December 1 to ensure delivery.


If you have questions about your role in commencement, please email commencement staff.