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Ceremony Lineup Information

Fall and Summer

Students must arrive at 9:00 a.m. for line up.  During the ceremony, each student will cross the stage as his or her name is read.  The president will greet the advanced degree candidates. College deans will greet the baccalaureate and associate degree candidates.

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 Candidates
Report to Undergraduate Line Up at 9:00 a.m. - Worthern Arena, Gate 3, concourse level.  Once in the Line Up area, signs will identify each college, and faculty marshals will offer directions.  Not sure of your college?

Master's Candidates
Report to Master's Line Up at 9:00 a.m. - Worthen Arena, Gate 2, concourse level.  Master's students sit as one group, not by department.

Doctoral and Specialist in Education Candidates
Meet and line up at 9:00 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. 

Faculty and Professional Staff
Meet and line up at 9:00 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 Ceremony

The undergraduate and master’s candidate lineup for the main ceremony will be at 9:00 a.m. on Campus Drive near Lucina Hall. Each college will have a sign, and candidates will line up behind the sign corresponding to the college of their major/minor. Your college can be found in DegreeWorks under the Student tab in Self-Service Banner.

Doctoral and Specialist in Education Candidates

Meet and line up at 9:00 a.m. in the east lobby of Lucina Hall. Carolyn Kapinus, acting dean of the Graduate School and professor of sociology will assist. A faculty member of your committee or chair will hood you during the ceremony. Procession out of Lucina will begin at 9:30 a.m., so please be prompt in arriving.

Faculty and Professional Staff

Meet at 9:00 a.m. on Campus Drive at the Administration Building for instructions.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, updated information will be posted on Ball State's home page.

Individual Ceremonies

The main ceremony is followed by individual ceremonies for each college. 

For locations and times to participate in your individual college ceremony, refer to the Individual College Ceremonies page.