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Graduation Details

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Latest Update: May 16, 2014

Who is Eligible?

Students who graduated in December 2013 and candidates for May and August, 2014.

Arrival Times and Location RESCHEDULED!

One ceremony will be held for both master's and bachelor's degree recipients on Signagio Field
at 11:00 a.m.
Report to the processional line-up area in the Canale Arena.
Report by 9:30 a.m. for the ceremony.
Please be sure to notify all guests that they must arrive by 10:30 a.m.
The Commencement exercise is estimated to last two hours.


Rehearsal is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencment exercises. Students are to meet in Canale Arena on May 15, shortly before 6:00 p.m., rehearsal will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.


Seating for the 2014 Commencement on Signagio Field is open. If a rain call is made, each graduate will receive 10 tickets. Guests must have a ticket to enter the venue. 

Graduates with Disabilities or Mobility Limitations

Special seating for graduates with disabilities, limited mobility will be available in the Graduate seating area. Contact Disability Services for Students at (901) 321- 3531 or email to make arrangements. Requests should be made as soon as possible.


Parking permits are not required on Commencement day. All lots are specifically designated for each member of our community. See Commencement Parking Map

Grad Fair

This is a must-attend event for graduating students. The Office of Student Life is holding a Grad Fair. The event will be held on April 1, 2014  in Sabbatini Lounge. Graduates must attend one of the two sessions (Noon-2:00 p.m. or 4:00-6:00 p.m.). Students will receive an email on Monday, March 24 with the links to the two surveys. The average time you will need to set aside for the grad fair is about 30 minutes. Photographers will take cap and gown (loaned for the shoot) photos of graduating students at the Grad Fair. There is no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase. Proofs will be emailed to students within 48 hours of the sitting.

Graduation Announcements

Custom imprinted announcements will be provided for you at the Grad Fair. Each student will receive 15 announcements. Additional announcements may be purchased for $1.00 per invitation.

Academic Regalia

Traditional academic regalia (cap and gown) is considered standard apparel for graduates at Commencement. To ensure proper sizing, graduates are encouraged to submit their regalia sizes as soon as possible. Caps and gowns will be distributed at after Rehearsal on May 15, 2014.

Fraternity and sorority stoles, pins, etc. may not be worn during the Commencement Exercises; however, graduates are welcome to wear the stoles at Baccalaureate Ceremony.

Commencement Programs

Printed programs containing the names of graduates, a list of faculty, and other information about Commencement will be distributed on Commencement day. Graduates’ programs will be on their chairs. Guests will be able to pick up their programs as they enter the Commencement area (2 per family)


Restrooms in nearby buildings surrounding the Commencement Area will be open, including the Thomas Center, Nolan Engineering and Cooper-Wilson. Maps of open restrooms will be available at many locations during Commencement. Portable restrooms are located in the southeast section of Signagio Field.


In order to reduce the hazards of exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking is prohibited on CBU's campus, except for designated smoking areas.

Cell Phones

Please turn off cell phones and personal electronic devices during the ceremony.


Dogs and other animals, other than service animals, are not permitted at Commencement or on the University grounds on Commencement day.


Pursuant to CBU adminstrative policy, alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or around the Commencement Exercises. All violators of this policy will be asked, at the least, to dispose of their open containers and remaining beverages.

First Aid

An emergency first aid station will be set up near the northeast side of Signagio Field. Campus Safety Officers will be on duty in the Commencement area to assist with first aid, emergencies and lost and found. Look for signage on Commencement day.

Information, Messages, and Lost and Found

An information, message, and lost and found center will be located at the Campus Safety office.

Meeting Guests after the Ceremony

Graduates are urged to make arrangements before Commencement to meet family and friends after the ceremonies at the Commencement reception in Buckman Quadrangle. Please remind guests that the audience must remain in their seats during the Recessional.