Candidates and faculty assemble at 9:45 a.m. in various sites in the Simon Forum and Baldwin Gymnasium.

Platform & Trustees Great Hall, S.W. Bowne (outdoors) Haselton Room, Baldwin Gym (indoors)
CLA Baldwin Gymnasium, main floor
Theological School Robert B. Clark Lounge, Simon Forum
Graduate School Dance Studio and Room 176, Simon Forum
Faculty Upper-level deck, student lounge area at south end of the Simon Forum

Order of March

Within each degree group, candidates are so arranged that they approach the Dean in alphabetical order. Follow the instructions of the marshals for your group. Degrees are awarded in descending order, beginning with the Doctor of Philosophy and concluding with the Bachelor of Arts.

Each candidate is given a card with her or his name on it, along with the degree and any honors earned. The candidate’s name will be read from the card.

  • B.A. candidates should hand the card to Associate Dean Waldron.
  • S.T.M., M.Div., M.A., M.A.M. and M.T.S. candidates should hand the card to Dean Samuel.
  • Graduate School candidates should hand the card to Dean Rogers.
  • Doctor of Ministry candidates should hand the card to Director Carl Savage.

If you expect any difficulty with the pronunciation of your name, please indicate the desired pronunciation on a card.B.A. candidates may see Dean Waldron. S.T.M., M.Div, M.T.S., M.A., M.A.M. may see Dean Samuel (SEM-102); others should speak to Leslie Sutton-Smith in Tilghman House. The procession moves in double file as outlined below.

Chief Marshal
Associate Marshals
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Associate Marshals
Ph.D. Candidates
Ph.D. Candidates (GDR)
D.Litt. Candidates
D.MH Candidates
M.A. Candidates
M.A.T. Candidates
M.F.A. Candidates
M.Litt. Candidates
M.M.H. Candidates
M.C.T. Candidates
Associate Marshals
D.Min. Candidates
S.T.M. Candidates
M.Div. Candidates
M.A. Candidates
M.A.M. Candidates
M.T.S. Candidates
Associate Marshals
B.A. Candidates
Associate Marshal
Associate Marshal
Platform Party

Associate Marshals assist Ph.D., Ph.D. (GDR), D.Litt., M.F.A., D.MH., M.Litt., M.M.H., and M.C.T. candidates and lead them in the procession.

Associate Marshals assist D.Min., S.T.M., M.Div., M.A., M.A.M., and M.T.S. candidates and lead them in the procession.

Associate Marshals assist B.A. candidates and lead them in the procession.

Line of March

Follow the pace set by the chief marshal and associates. Allow an arm’s length from the person ahead and maintain distance.


Follow the lead of the platform group in removing and replacing caps and rising and being seated for various parts of the ceremonies.

Platform Procedures

When called to the platform, candidates should proceed across the stage as their names are read. The Dean or President hands you a diploma cover in a white envelope; receive it with your left hand and shake with your right hand. Continue on across the stage and return to your seat.


After the ceremony, graduates do not recess. They should stand during the recession of faculty, marshals, and the platform party. Faculty should follow the instructions of their marshals. Graduates should remain in place until the procession clears the balloon arch before greeting family members. (If commencement is held in the Simon Forum as a result of inclement weather, students will recess out of the commencement area.)