University of California, Riverside

Commencement



Virtual Rehearsal


Commencement 2014 Video Rehearsal

Attending commencement is a big achievement and we understand that you may have a lot of questions about where to go and what to do when you arrive for this momentous occasion.  In lieu of a rehearsal ceremony, we have created UCR Commencement's: Video Rehearsal which can be viewed at any time from the comfort of your own home. This video is approximately 10 minutes long and is designed to take you step-by-step through the ceremony and answer all of the most common questions and concerns about the event.

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For your viewing convenience, we have also split the video into two sections: What to expect Before the Ceremony and what to expect During the Ceremony. Each section is approximately 5 minutes long and can be viewed separately at the corresponding links above.

In addition to the Virtual Rehearsal Videos mentioned above, you will also find all of the same details outlined below.

Commencement 2014 Virtual Rehearsal Outline

Before Commencement

  • Confirm which ceremony you are eligible to walk in by referring to the Commencement Schedule.
  • Send out graduation announcements. Keep in mind that seating is limited.
  • Purchase your cap and gown at Grad Fair, or at the UCR Campus Store.
  • Ph.D.s and M.F.A.— confirm your Faculty Advisor’s attendance.

Graduate Arrival Time and Location

Graduates, you should arrive at the Student Services Building one hour prior to the start of your ceremony to check-in. Following check-in, you will proceed to HUB 302 for line-up.

Graduate School of Education candidates: please proceed directly to HUB 302 for check-in.

Name Cards

  • At check-in you will receive a pre-printed name card. This is the card that your name will be read from, so be sure to keep it with you.
  • If you wish to provide a phonetic spelling, and have not already done so, you may write that into the designated location on the card.
  • Check your post-graduation address to make sure it is correct, and edit it if needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree candidates who are graduating with honors will have the honors pre-printed on your name card.

Tassels

Ph.D., Master’s Degree, and Teaching Credential candidates:
Please wear your tassel on the left.

Bachelor’s Degree Candidates:
Please wear your tassel on the right.

Hoods

Ph.D., M.Ed. & M.F.A. Candidates:
You will be hooded on the commencement platform by your research advisor, so bring your hood to the ceremony but do not put it on. During the procession and the ceremony, you will carry your hood over your arm.

Master’s Degree Candidates (with the exception of M.F.A. and M.Ed. candidates):
Please wear your hood to the ceremony.

Line-up

  • All graduates should be checked in and ready for line-up in HUB 302 no later than 30 minutes prior to your ceremony start time.
  • Read the instructions on the back of your name card, use the restroom and get a drink.
  • Assemble in the section assigned to your major.

Line-up Timeline 

30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time:
Verbal instructions will be given by the line-up coordinator

20 minutes prior to the ceremony start time:
You will be placed into procession lines by degree and major.

15 minutes prior to your ceremony start time:
The first procession line will leave HUB 302 for the Pierce Lawn

Line-up Order

5 minutes prior to the ceremony start time, you will process to the Commencement area in order:

  • Ph.D. and M.F.A. recipients will line up first in the order in which they will be hooded. Your number will be indicated on your name card. It is important that you remain in order, since the hooding faculty members will be lined up in the same order.
  • M.Ed. recipients will also be lined up in the order in which they will be hooded.
  • Bachelor's, M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.Fin. and M.P.A.C. degree recipients will be grouped and lined up by major.
  • Teaching Credential candidates will be grouped and lined up by credential subject.

The Order of the Procession

  • University of California Flag
  • Grand Marshal
  • Student Marshals
  • Ph.D. Degree Candidates
  • Master’s Degree Candidates
  • Bachelor’s Degree Candidates
  • Teaching Credential Candidates
  • California Flag
  • UCR Pipe Band
  • The Faculty Marshal
  • The Faculty of the University
  • United States Flag
  • The Official Party

What to do during the Procession

Remember the procession is like a parade, and you are in it, so carry yourself with dignity and don’t lag behind. Walk with your head up and smile, smile, smile – you will be in a lot of photographs! Please don’t interrupt the procession by stopping to talk or take photos when you should be marching in. Staff will assist you into the appropriate seating row.

Graduate Seating

  • Seating is by degree and major.
  • A complimentary bottle of water will be underneath your seat.
  • For your safety and the safety of others, the aisles must be kept clear, and please don’t stand on the chairs.

Safety and Courtesy

Please:
  • Do remain seated during the ceremony except when instructed to stand so that you do not obstruct the view of those seated behind you
  • Do not stand in the aisles or on your chair at any time
  • Do use your cell phone before and after the ceremony
  • Do not talk on your cell phone during the ceremony – it is disrespectful to the speakers, and distracting and annoying to those seated around you who are trying to listen to the speakers
  • Do shout and cheer as your friends’ names are announced
  • Do not use air horns or other noisemakers at commencement - each graduate only gets a brief moment on stage and we want to be sure that everyone’s name can be heard clearly
  • Do come to commencement ready to celebrate and have a great time
  • Do not come to your ceremony intoxicated or under the influence - alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited on campus

The Program

  • The National Anthem
  • Introductions
  • University Address
  • Faculty Recognition
  • Salute to New Alumni
  • Student Commencement Address
  • Keynote Address
  • Conferral of Degrees
  • Individual Name Reading
  • Tassel-turning
  • The Alma Mater

The National Anthem

  • Graduates should stand during the National Anthem.
  • Men should remove their caps.

The Speeches

  • The commencement addresses are a long-standing tradition at UC Riverside.
  • Please be quiet and respectful toward those who are speaking from the platform. Keep your cell phone turned off.

The Conferral of Degrees

  • Graduates will be asked to rise
  • The dean will present the graduates to the chancellor
  • The chancellor will confer the degrees
  • Graduates will sit back down until their row is dismissed to the stage for the individual name reading.

Dismissal to the Platform

  • Graduates will be dismissed by degree and major, row by row, to the platform for the individual name reading.
  • Don’t forget to bring your name card with you.

Ph.D. Hooding

Please view this brief video for details and a demonstration on how you will be hooded at Commencement.  

  • After the Doctoral degrees are conferred, the Ph.D. graduates will be dismissed to the platform. You will queue up in order on the left side of the stage.
  • Present your card to the name reader and proceed to the mark on the ramp. When your name is announced, you will proceed onto the stage.
  • Shake hands with the the college dean and the executive vice chancellor & provost.
  • Proceed to the center of the stage to meet the graduate dean and your advisor. Hand your hood to the graduate dean as indicated in the video mentioned above and then turn around so that your back is to the dean and your advisor and so that you are facing the audience.
  • The dean and your advisor will place your hood over your head. (You may wish to remove your mortarboard to make this easier.) Your photograph will be taken as you are being hooded.
  • After you have been hooded, shake hands with the dean and your advisor and proceed down the center ramp to shake hands with the chancellor and have another photograph taken.
  • Return to your seat.

M.F.A. Hooding

Please view this brief video for details and a demonstration on how you will be hooded at Commencement.

  • After the Master’s degrees are conferred, the Master’s graduates will be dismissed to the platform. M.F.A. graduates will queue up first, in order, on the left side of the stage.
  • Present your card to the name reader. When your name is announced, you will proceed onto the stage.
  • Shake hands with the college dean and the executive vice chancellor & provost.
  • Proceed to the center of the stage to meet the graduate dean and your advisor. Hand your hood to the graduate dean as indicated in the video mentioned above and then turn around so that your back is to the dean and your advisor and so that you are facing the audience.
  • The dean and your advisor will place your hood over your head. (You may wish to remove your mortarboard to make this easier.) Your photograph will be taken as you are being hooded.
  • After you have been hooded, shake hands with the dean and your advisor and proceed down the center ramp to shake hands with the chancellor and have another photograph taken.
  • Return to your seat.

M.Ed. Hooding

Please view this brief video for details and a demonstration on how you will be hooded at Commencement.

  • After the Master's degrees are conferred, the Master's graduates will be dismissed to the platform. M.Ed. graduates will queue up first, in order, on the left side of the stage.
  • While in the queue, you will have your photograph taken as you are hooded by the associate dean of the college. Hand your hood to the associate dean as indicated in the video mentioned above and then turn around so that your back is to the associate dean and you are facing the photographer.
  • Once your photograph has been taken, proceed to the name reader's podium.
  • Present your card to the name reader. When your name is announced, you will proceed onto the stage.
  • Shake hands with the college dean, the graduate dean and the executive vice chancellor & provost.
  • Proceed to the center of the stage to meet the chancellor and have another photograph taken.
  • Return to your seat.

Master’s, Bachelor’s & Teacher Credential Name Reading

  • You will be dismissed row by row to the platform.
  • As you queue up off stage, your first commencement photo will be taken.
  • When you reach the lower podiums you will present your name card to one of the Name Readers. Ascend the platform via the ramp when Name Reader reads your name.
  • As you cross the stage, your dean will present you with a certificate of participation and shake hands with you.
  • Then you will proceed to the center of the stage to greet the chancellor and have your second photograph taken.
  • After shaking hands and taking your photo with the chancellor, descend from the platform via the center ramp. Your third commencement photo will be taken at the bottom of the center ramp.
  • Please return to your seat.

The Tassel-turning

  • After all of the graduates have been recognized, the tassel turner will lead the bachelor’s degree candidates in moving their tassels from the right to left to symbolize the realization of their bachelor’s degrees.
  • Mortarboards should not be thrown, as they have rigid corners and could cause injury.

The Alma Mater

UCR’s Alma Mater is “Hail, Fair UCR.” This hymn was composed by UCR faculty members, Dr. Byron Adams, professor of music and the late Dr. Robert Wild, professor of physics.

The Recession

  • Please remain seated as the official party and faculty recess.
  • Graduates will be recessed to the HUB lawn area on the west side of the bell tower. Please make arrangements prior to your ceremony to meet your family and guests somewhere so that you can find each other easily.

Photographs

  • Proofs of the photographs taken at commencement by GradImages will be sent to your post-graduation address one week after the ceremonies. Proofs are also available online.
  • There is no obligation to purchase commencement photographs.

Diplomas

Diplomas will not be distributed at the commencement ceremonies.  You will be notified by the Registrar’s Office when your diploma is available for pickup; typically four months following your graduation date. For further information, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Event Management & Protocol
1144 Hinderaker

Tel: (951) 827-3144
E-mail: commence@citrus.ucr.edu

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