Directions for Doctoral Candidates & Escorts

Commencement:
Sunday, December 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. - Doctoral rehearsal
2:00 p.m. - Ceremony start time

RSVP
All Doctoral candidates must have a faculty escort at the ceremony. Please check back soon for the RSVP form.

Assembly and seating diagram will be posted here the first week of December.



Dress Rehearsal
Please report to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena no later than 12:55 p.m. There will be a dress rehearsal for Doctoral candidates and their escorts that starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Staging Area
The main entrance to the Arena is at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. However, please enter the Arena through the rear northwest entrance labeled "Stage Door," next to the loading dock at 501 W. State Street (off State Street between 4th and 6th Streets). Proceed down the ramp, then go to the Ph.D./Doctoral assembly area. Signs are posted and marshals will be present to direct you. Candidates who have RSVP'd will receive a pre-printed name card which will be read during the ceremony.

Processional
Candidates and escorts will process into the arena in a column of two's in department order and alphabetically by candidate's name, the same order as they appear in the printed program. The escort will carry the candidates hood. Marshals will be present to assist and will lead the candidates to the first few rows on the left side of the arena as you face the stage.

Ceremony
Doctoral candidates will be asked to rise for conferring their degree. The candidate and escort approach the stage from their left (stage right) with the escort on the candidate's left. The escort will hand the name reader the candidate's name card which will be read. The candidate and the escort will then move to the center of the stage. The candidate will turn and face the audience. The escort will hood the candidate. Then the Provost presents the diploma. The Chancellor and the Graduate School Dean shakes hands with the degree recipient. The candidate and escort leave the stage using the center ramp, return to their seats and sit down. The name reader reads the name of the second candidate and escort - and so on until all candidates have gone through the ceremony.

For any questions, contact:
Pat Hayes, Graduate School: 414-229-6263 or hayes@uwm.edu
Kristin Van Housen, Secretary of the University's Office: 414-229-4163 or krajews2@uwm.edu