Spring 2013 Commencement Brochure

Candidate Instructions for Participation in Commencement

The commencement ceremony for Spring 2013 graduates will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana. 

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), any candidate or guest who might require special accommodations in order to participate in or attend the commencement ceremony should call the Graduation Coordinator at (219) 989-2210 no later than Friday, May 17th.

Commencement Exercises

The commencement ceremony lasts nearly 2 hours. Participants will not be permitted to leave the Theatre until the ceremony is concluded.

The order of exercises will be as follows: Academic Procession; Address to the Candidates; Conferring of Degrees; Recessional for Platform Party.

Conferring of Master’s Degrees

 Master’s candidates will have their degrees conferred while they are standing at their seats. When the signal is given, follow your Marshal to the stage. As you come to the stage-right lectern, hand your name card to the Presenter Marshal, who will call your name. Proceed across the stage to receive your diploma and shake hands with the Chancellor. When you return to your seat, remain standing until the signal to be seated is given.

Conferring of Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate candidates will be presented to the Board of Trustees by school. The Dean for each school will call for the baccalaureate candidates to stand and then call for the associate candidates to stand. Once candidates in all schools have been presented, degrees are conferred.

Distribution of Undergraduate Diplomas

The Presenter Marshal will call the graduates to come forward as he asks the Marshals to escort them to the platform to receive their diplomas. The Marshals will lead the graduates, by school, from the seating area in single-file procession order to the stage. When you come to the stage-right lectern onstage, hand your name card to the Presenter Marshal. Once your name is called, proceed across the stage to receive your diploma from the Chancellor and shake hands with your School Dean. When you return to your seat, remain standing until the signal to be seated is given.

Conclusion of Ceremony

When all diplomas have been awarded and the graduates are back in their seats, the Representative of the Senior Class will speak. There will be a Recessional for the Platform party. Please remain seated until the music stops.

Cap and Gown Purchase

Caps and gowns are NO LONGER available for purchase for the May Commencement ceremony.  Purchases of the cap and gown had to be completed by Tuesday, April 30th in order to reserve your place in line.

 Guest Tickets

Each participant received four tickets for guests. 

The seating area will be open to guests at 12:30 p.m. on May 19th. Guests should enter the Star Plaza Theatre at the main entrance and be in their seats no later than 1:00 p.m. in order to view the entire ceremony, including the procession.


Academic Attire

All candidates must be in standard academic costume. You should wear dark shoes (preferably black), and other clothing should be dark wherever visible. In keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, it is requested that no other adornment be worn.

Master Candidate

 Academic costume means a black mortarboard cap with black tassel, a hood and a black master’s gown. The master’s gown has full-length oblong sleeves with an opening at the wrist. The master’s hood should be attached to your gown and drape down your back. Our staff will be on hand to assist you with the proper placement of your hood. The hood must be an appropriate master’s hood with Purdue colors.  Important to note: that any other hood, or no hood, will disqualify a master’s candidate from participation in the Exercises.

Hood Trim Color for Master Degree Candidates

Master of Business Administration – peacock blue

Master of Accountancy – peacock blue

Master of Science, Biological Sciences – gold yellow

Master of Science, Child Dev & Family – maroon

Master of Arts, Communication – citron

Master of Science in Education – light blue

Master of Arts, English – white

Master of Arts, History – white

Master of Science in Engineering – orange

Master of Science, Mathematics – gold yellow

Master of Science, Nursing – apricot

Master of Science, Technology – red

Associate Candidate / Certificate Candidate

Academic costume means a full-sleeved light gray gown and a matching mortarboard cap with colored tassel corresponding to major field of study as indicated below.

Baccalaureate Candidate

Academic costume means a black mortarboard cap with colored tassel corresponding to major field of study as indicated below and a full-sleeved black gown.

Tassel Color for Associate/Bachelor/Certificate

School of Engineering, Mathematics & Science

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science (not CIS), Mathematics, Physics – gold yellow

Engineering (not Technology) – orange

School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Communication, English, Foreign Languages, History, Human Development & Family Services, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies Teaching, Sociology – white

Hospitality & Tourism (all options), Nutrition Fitness & Health – gold yellow

School of Education

Elementary Education only – light blue

All other teaching majors should wear tassel color corresponding to major subject area studied

School of Management (not OLS) – peacock blue

School of Nursing – apricot

School of Technology – red

Computer Information Technology (all options), Computer Graphics Technology, Construction Management and Engineering Technologies, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Organizational Leadership & Supervision (OLS)


When You Arrive

Candidates should report to the Celebrity Ballroom West at the Radisson Hotel Convention Center between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. You can park in the lot for Convention Center parking near I-65 and enter the Radisson Hotel through the main entrance.  You will walk pass the front desk and Starbucks Coffee.  As you walk pass the T. J. Maloney restaurant, you will make a slight right and enter Celebrity Ballroom West.   Your guests should proceed directly to the Star Plaza Theatre for seating.   All guests must have a ticket in order to attend the commencement ceremony, and no guests can accompany you in the procession to the Theatre or during the ceremony.

Name Cards

When you check in at your school’s table in the ballroom, you will receive a numbered card showing your name. This card will be used to place candidates in line alphabetically. Your name will be read as it appears on this card, so please make sure your name appears as you would like it announced, and make any necessary changes clearly.


Honor Cords

Honor cords will be presented to those participants who qualify for graduation “With Distinction” or “With Highest Distinction” upon check-in at the table. Please note that only those receiving an associate or baccalaureate degree are eligible to graduate with honors.


Academic Procession

Candidate Marshals will assemble candidates for the Academic Procession at 12:30 p.m. in the Celebrity Ballroom West, and the academic procession will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m.

You must be in place with your school when the procession is ready to move, following the faculty, and proceed to the seating area at the Star Plaza Theatre. An impressive procession will depend upon the conduct of each candidate.

Photography Service

     Professional photography service will be provided by Grad Images. A photographer will be available in the Celebrity Ballroom West from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to take cap and gown portrait photos. In addition, the photographer will take one on-stage picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma. Approximately one week after Commencement, proofs and an order form will be mailed to you for your consideration. There is no obligation to purchase. Please note that the photographer will stop taking portrait photos promptly at 1:00 p.m. in order to set up for the ceremony.

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