UMT Commencement Instructions to Graduates
Updated 2/1/2018
Cap, Gown and Hood

A cap, gown and hood are required for the ceremony. They can be purchased through Jostens online. General guidelines on how to wear your cap, gown and hood:

  • The cap is worn flat on the head.
  • Tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when graduates receive their diplomas.
  • The gown should fall midway between the knee and ankle.
  • The hood should be placed over your head with the small tapered end in front, so that it drapes off your shoulders and over the back of your gown. The velvet side should be on the outside. Be sure to turn out the lining colors. To secure the hood, you could wear the tie over the front of the hood or pin the hood to your gown on the shoulders using safety pins. One pin for each should adequately secure the hood.
What to Wear Under the Cap and Gown?

General guidelines on what to wear under your cap and gown:

  • Men generally choose to wear long pants with dark colored dress shoes, and a dress shirt with a tie under the gown.
  • Women generally wear a lightweight dress or a blouse and a skirt that is shorter than the gown so it does not hang below the gown.
Arrival Please arrive at the General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center one hour prior to the Ceremony, on Saturday, 30 June 2018. Check-in is in the lobby of the Center. All graduates must be checked-in 15 minutes prior to the Ceremony.

You will receive a card with your name at the sign-in area. The card will have a number and your basic information on it. Please take some time to complete the information on the card; the information on the card will be read as you walk across the stage.
Queue up Fifteen minutes prior to Commencement, you, along with the other participating graduates, will line up for the procession into the theatre according to the number on your card. UMT staff members will assist with the process.

After you are lined up, please DO NOT rearrange your order in line. Once inside the theatre, remember to keep your place and sit in your assigned seat before and after going across the stage.

If a graduate shows up after the march has begun, he/she should go to the end of the line, regardless of alphabetical order.
Rehearsal There is no rehearsal, but you must check-in before the Ceremony to receive instructions and find your place in the graduate line-up.
Group Photo After the Ceremony and reception, the graduates will have the option to participate in a group photo session at the Iwo Jima Memorial. The Iwo Jima Memorial is less than a mile away from our reception site. Shuttle services will be available for our graduates and guests.
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