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
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
Meet at 9:00 a.m. on Campus Drive at the Administration Building for instructions.
In the event of inclement weather, updated information will be posted on Ball State's home page.
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.
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