What Should I Wear?
Do not bring caps to robing. Carry robes, gowns and hoods over their left arm – no honor cords.
- Undergraduates: Carry robes, gowns and hoods over their left arm – no honor cords.
- Senior women: Wear dressy business attire and dark shoes. Do not bring your purses -- you won't be able to carry them and there is no place to secure them.
- Senior men: Wear a dress shirt, preferably with tie, slacks and dark shoes.
- Faculty members: Wear academic regalia (No caps).
- Graduate students: will not have a hood until Commencement - you will carry robes and gowns only.
Candidates for master's degrees will be hooded during the Commencement ceremony, not at the Robing ceremony. Do not zip the robe. When all students in Group I have been robed, the announcer will lead the audience in congratulating the candidates and instruct the next group to come forward.
Where Do I Go?
Seniors meet in the McFadden Science Lecture Theatre (SLT) at 10:15 a.m., where you will be arranged in robing order by staff
Faculty & Platform Party meets in the 1st floor McFadden hallway at 10:15 a.m.
The Faculty Marshall will help line up the faculty (according to Robing order) & platform party.
The processional will form in the following order:
- Cross Bearer
- Bible Bearer
- Academic Marshals
- Faculty Marshal
- Grand Marshal
- Board of Trustees
- Golden Shears Presenter
- Graduation Gift Presenter
- Alma Mater Leader
- Alumni Board President
- University Chaplain
- Mace Bearer
The procession will leave the McFadden Science Bldg., proceed to East Rosedale, then east to the Church in the order listed above.
The procession will enter down the center aisle. The Academic Marshals will guide the Seniors into their rows to the right, as indicated on processional order above (front row should be vacant).
The Faculty Marshal will guide the Faculty into their rows to the left (front row should be vacant) and will then take a seat on the left side, front row. The Platform Party will proceed to their designated seats. All will remain standing until after the invocation.
What Happens At Robing?
After the presentation of the graduation gift, the announcer will request Group 1 to present themselves for robing.
- Faculty members robing in Group I will take their places across the front of the Sanctuary in front of the prayer rail in order of the program starting on the far left side. There will be taped x’s on the carpet to indicate where faculty are to stand.
- While the faculty members take their places, students in Group I will rise, move to the right side aisle, and wait for the announcement of their names.
- As their names are announced, each candidate will take his/her place in front of the faculty member who is to robe him/her, facing the audience.
- The faculty member will robe/hood the graduate and offer congratulations.
- At this time Group II will rise and move to the right front and wait for the announcer.
- Group I will return to their seats via the center aisle following the leader – the 1st student called in their group.
- Faculty members in Group I who are robing in Group II will remain in their positions; those not robing in Group II return to their seats.
- Those who did not robe in Group I but will be robing in Group II take their corresponding place at the front after Group II is called forward by the announcer.
- This procedure will be repeated until all groups are robed.
Alma Mater and Benediction
All stand and sing the Alma Mater and remain standing for benediction.
After benediction, guests will be seated.
The Cross, Bible, and Mace Bearers lead the President and other members of the platform party
They are followed by the Grand Marshal.
The Faculty Marshal will guide the faculty beginning with the last row.
Following the last faculty member, the academic marshal will guide the seniors, last row first.
Faculty and Seniors will recess double file.
Do not stop in the doorway.
Keep walking when you leave the Church and proceed west on Rosedale so those following you may leave the Church.
The Robing reception will be in Lou’s Place.
How Many Tickets Are Available?
Due to very limited seating in the sanctuary, students will be given two tickets for family members or friends to attend the Robing ceremony. Tickets are for guests only, students are not required to have a ticket for Robing.
How Many Faculty Members May I Select?
One faculty member per student will perform the actual robing. If a student wishes to honor additional people who were supportive during their college experience, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 817-531-6548 or email@example.com
For questions, please contact Ashly Spencer at 817-531-4200 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Provost Office at 817-531-4405.