Commencement Instructions for the Degree Candidates

 

COMMENCEMENT DAY

Friday, May 3, 2013  6:00 pm
Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza, Hilton Head Gateway campus
One University Blvd – Highway 278 in Bluffton, SC

On Friday, May 3, 2013 all degree candidates will report dressed in his or her academic regalia to the Science and Technology Building no later than 4:30 pm.  It is strongly suggested that candidates arrive early to ensure a parking space, and candidates are encouraged to park in Palmetto Village's lot. Unnecessary items should be left at home or out of view in a locked vehicle.

Only degree candidates attired in appropriate academic regalia will be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Upon arrival at the Science and Technology building, participants will be directed to the proper location within the building. Candidates will have a few moments with their peers, fill out thank-you cards for their professors, ensure correct pronunciation of their name, and line up for the formal commencement processional. Each degree candidate will receive a commencement program on his or her chair.

Do not be late.  The academic procession line up will begin promptly at 5:30 pm.

We recommend that male degree candidates wear dark trousers and shoes, and an appropriate collared shirt underneath their academic gown.  Female degree candidates should wear dark slacks, dress, or skirt and an appropriate blouse underneath their academic gown. The processional walk includes the equivalent of ten minutes of walking on uneven ground. For safety and comfort, women are encouraged to wear dark low-heeled shoes.