Commencement Ceremony Begins
Procession into the Quad-Once all Graduation Candidates are assembled by major, the procession will begin. The President and Menlo College Trustees will lead, followed by the faculty and staff, and then all of the Graduation Candidates. Student marshals will assist all the groups during the ceremony.
Welcome-Everyone will stand for the welcome. Graduation Candidates are to remain standing until the Trustees are seated on stage. President Jim Kelly and members of the Board of Trustees will take their places on stage to present and accept the graduating Class of 2011-2012 for the conferral of degrees. After the conferral, you are to be seated until you are called forward.
Ceremony Procedures-Graduation Candidates will be directed to the stage by a student marshal. You will walk to the stage and present the name card, face up, to the reader. After your name is announced, you will walk to center stage and turn to face the audience for the hooding ceremony. The hood will be taken from your right arm and placed over your shoulders.
Once hooded, you will proceed to President Kelly to be presented with your diploma cover. You will receive your diploma cover with your left hand and shake the President’s hand with your right hand. A photo will be taken as you accept your diploma from the President.
After you receive your diploma cover, proceed to the stairs at the front of the stage and, while walking down the steps, turn your tassel from the right side of your cap to the left. Return to your seat.
Please note: Graduates will have reserved seating and that family and loved ones will not be permitted in the graduate area. Graduation Marshals will be on hand to assist you throughout the ceremony.
Recessional-After all of the degrees have been conferred, President Kelly will present a few closing remarks and the recessional music will begin. Once the President, Board of Trustees and faculty have exited the stage and seating area, you are to recess to the back of the Quad and join your families and friends.