Commencement Ceremony: Day-Of Guide

Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 11, at the Westville Campus in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center, H. D. Kesling Gymnasium.

Sunday, December 12, is being held as an alternate inclement-weather date.

Commencement Times

AM Ceremony (11 a.m.)

  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering & Science
  • College of Technology

PM Ceremony (3 p.m.)

  • College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing

General Information for Graduates and Their Guests

Ceremonies last approximately 90 minutes. Participants will not be permitted to leave the commencement venue until the ceremony is concluded.

COVID-19 Precautions

State, local and university health and safety protocols will be followed.  All candidates for graduation, guests, faculty and staff must wear face coverings.

Live Stream of Commencement Ceremony

Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the PNW web site for those guests who were not able to obtain a ticket.

Live stream of Commencement Ceremony

Have commencement questions? Feel free to contact the Graduation Coordinator at (219) 989-2334 or at graduation@pnw.edu.

You must arrive wearing your cap and gown.  Please leave all personal belongings (such as coats, purses or bags) with your guests prior to the ceremony.

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), any candidate who might require special accommodations to participate in the commencement ceremony should call Noemi Elizalde, the Graduation Coordinator, at (219) 989-2334 or email graduation@pnw.edu no later than November 30 to make appropriate arrangements.

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

Keep the diploma cover that is given to you during the commencement exercises. Once you receive your diploma from the Office of the Registrar, you may insert it into the diploma cover.

For 11:00 a.m. Ceremony

  • Report to TECH 109 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Check in at your college’s table to receive a card showing your name.  Make sure your name appears as you would like it announced.  Clearly mark any necessary changes on this card.
  • Grad Images will be available to take your photo from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  They will also take a photo on stage as you receive your degree.  You are not obligated to purchase.

For 3:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • Report to TECH 109 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  • Check in at your college’s table to receive a card showing your name.  Make sure your name appears as you would like it announced.  Clearly mark any necessary changes on this card.
  • Grad Images will be available to take your photo from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  They will also take a photo on stage as you receive your degree.  You are not obligated to purchase.

All guests including children (infants and toddlers) must have a ticket in order to attend the commencement ceremony. Strollers and infant carriers are not permitted in the Commencement venue.

There will be limited mobility seating in the venue for individuals that require special accommodations plus one additional guest. All other guests must utilize general seating. On the day of the commencement ceremony please see any staff member in a gold robe for assistance. All specially seated guests must have an admission ticket supplied by the candidate.

For 11:00 a.m. Ceremony

The seating area will be open to guests at 10:00 a.m.  Guests should enter the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center, H.D. Kesling Gymnasium at the main entrance and be in their seats no later than 10:30 a.m. in order to view the entire ceremony.

For 3:00 p.m. Ceremony

The seating area will be open to guests at 2:00 p.m.  Guests should enter the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center, H.D. Kesling Gymnasium at the main entrance and be in their seats no later than 2:30 p.m. in order to view the entire ceremony.

Conferring of Degrees

The order of commencement exercises will be as follows:

  • Academic Procession
  • Address to the Candidates
  • Conferring of Degrees
  • Recession for Platform Party

Master’s candidates will have their degrees conferred while they are standing at their seats. When the signal is given, you will follow your marshal to the stage. As you come to the stage-right lectern, the presenter marshal will call your name. Proceed across the stage to receive your diploma. When you return to your seat, please be seated.

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

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 narshals will lead the graduates, by college, from the seating area in single-file procession order to the stage. When you come to the stage-right lectern on stage, hand your reader card to the presenter marshal. Once your name is called, you will proceed across the stage and receive your diploma. When you return to your seat, please be seated.

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there may be no indoor events or receptions associated with the Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies.

Have Questions?

Contact the Office of the Registrar.

(219) 989-2334
graduation@pnw.edu

To ensure proper assistance, please provide your email address when leaving a voicemail message.

Have Questions?

Contact the Office of the Registrar.

(219) 989-2334
graduation@pnw.edu

To ensure proper assistance, please provide your email address when leaving a voicemail message.