Assembly Instructions

The convocation is the only campus-wide event whose sole purpose is to focus on our joint academic enterprise. It is important to attend this colorful and festive ceremony. Students are encouraged to attend. Faculty are given the opportunity to allow students to attend or bring their class as a whole.

The Processional

The order of the processional is as follows:

Platform Party
Honor Society Students, Scholarship Recipients and Retired Faculty
Academic Gonfalon Carriers
Faculty and Administrative Staff

Platform Party

The Platform Party leads the processional. The Platform Party consists of the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, the Chair of Faculty Senate, the Student Government President, designated Regents and speakers.

The Platform Party will meet at the sidewalk between the Music Building and Haggar Hall by 9:45 a.m. Lani Malcolm will direct the lineup for the Platform Party.

Honor Society Students, Scholarship Recipients and Retired Faculty 

Honor society students, scholarship recipients and retired faculty follow the Platform Party in leading the procession. These students and the director of the honors program will meet at the northwest corner of Haggar Hall by 9:45 a.m.

Academic Gonfalon Carriers

Gonfalon carriers are honor students chosen by the faulty to represent their department.  Each gonfalon carrier leads the faculty and staff of his or her discipline in the processional.  Academic disciplines or programs represented by a gonfalon are:

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Behavioral Sciences (Graduate)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Business (Graduate)
  • Communication
  • Computing and Technology
  • Criminal Justice and Sociology
  • Education
  • Education (Graduate)

  • English and Foreign Languages
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History and Government
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Military Science
  • Music
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Theatre Arts

Gonfalon carriers will assemble promptly at 3:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the ceremony at the fountain in the Fine Arts Courtyard for their first rehearsal. This first rehearsal should last no longer than 45 minutes. PLUS students serving as ushers will have a rehearsal in the Fine Arts Courtyard on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Gonfalon carriers should assemble at 8:45 a.m. at the fountain in the Fine Arts Courtyard for their final rehearsal, this time with gonfalons. Gonfalon carriers, please be prompt! Men are asked to wear a coat and tie; women are asked to wear a dress or pantsuit. Low-heeled or flat shoes are recommended.

Gonfalon carriers will direct lineup of the faculty and staff.

Faculty and Administrative Staff

Faculty and administrative staff should wear academic regalia and assemble in the grassy area west of the music building according to academic program. Faculty are to line up behind their respective departmental gonfalon. Administrative staff and faculty not assigned to one of the departments represented by a particular gonfalon should assemble behind the sign Academic Support Units. The processional for the convocation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Faculty and staff should assemble by 9:45 a.m. Gonfalon carriers will direct lineup of the faculty and staff.

The Recessional

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the President will dismiss participants. As the band plays the recessional music, only the platform party and academic banners will return to the assembly area. All others are then free to leave.

Inclement Weather

See the Inclement Weather page for details.

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