CeremonyEach graduate will proceed across the stage as his or her name is read. President Jo Ann M. Gora will greet the advanced degree candidates. College deans will greet the baccalaureate and associate degree candidates.
A name card will be given to each candidate at the line up site and will be used to read names. Each candidate will be asked to print his or her name on the card and hand it to the reader before crossing the stage. If your name is difficult to pronounce, include a phonetic pronunciation as well as the printed name. Please fill out the back side of the card so you can receive information about the pictures taken of you during the ceremony. Doctoral and specialist candidates do not need to fill out name cards; details about the pronunciation of their names will be worked out ahead of time through the Graduate Office, and their name cards will be given to them during line-up on commencement day.
Baccalaureate and Associate CandidatesMeet and line up at 9:15 a.m. by college in Worthen Arena, Gate 3, concourse level. Signs will identify each college, and faculty marshals will offer directions.
Master's CandidatesMeet and line up at 9:15 a.m. by degree in Worthen Arena, Gate 2, concourse level.
Doctoral and Specialist in Education Candidates Meet and line up at 9:15 a.m. inside the Worthen Arena lobby near the main ticket office (Gate 1) on the ground level. Please enter the doors that face north of Bethel Avenue. Graduate School Associate Dean Carolyn Kapinus will be there to assist. Each doctoral and specialist in education candidate will receive a diploma that morning and be hooded by his or her committee chairperson (or a representative). Candidates who plan to attend must notify Claudia Kimkowski in the Graduate School at 765-285-1291.
Faculty and Professional Staff Meet and line up at 9:15 a.m. in the Worthen Arena lobby, lower level, behind the ticket office area. Under the direction of faculty marshals, faculty will form two lines and enter the arena to await the procession of the students. College deans and their associates will lead their respective colleges into Worthen Arena and will sit with their colleges during the ceremony.
Main CeremonyThe undergraduate and master’s candidate lineup for the main ceremony will be at 9:15 a.m. on Campus Drive near West Quad. Lines will form back toward the west on both sides of the building. Each college will have a sign, and candidates will line up behind the sign corresponding to the college of their major/minor. For further information, view the list of departments or call the Commencement Office at 765-285-1689 with questions.
Doctoral and Specialist in Education CandidatesMeet and line up at 9 a.m. in the east lobby of Lucina Hall. Associate Dean Carolyn Kapinus will assist. A faculty member of your committee or chair will hood you during the ceremony. Procession out of Lucina will begin at 9:40 a.m., so please be prompt in arriving.
Faculty and Professional StaffMeet at 9:15 a.m. on Campus Drive at the Administration Building. Faculty marshals will arrange two lines to flank the students as they proceed down Campus Drive. If the main ceremony is moved to Worthen Arena, faculty members will line up for the processional at the same time, 9:15 a.m., and will be instructed as they enter the arena. In the event of inclement weather, updated information will be posted on Ball State's home page. For sites and times to participate in your college ceremony, refer to the Individual College Ceremonies section.
Official PhotographyAlso on-site for the fair will be GradImages, our official photographer for commencement. During this time you will have the opportunity to have your picture taken in your cap and gown. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the day.
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