Thank you for volunteering to serve as a marshal for the college degree celebrations. This page should have all the information you need for the ceremonies. Dates and times are provided to the right.
Arrive in regalia at the EagleBank Arena East Entrance (Administrative Offices). Check in with the college staff member by the "Marshal Check In" sign. We will give you an instruction sheet and a chart showing the seating arrangement for departments in the Patriot Center.
After checking in, go to parking Lot A and find the sign for your degree program to meet your students.
Undergraduate students line up in Parking Lot A on the east side of the EagleBank Arena. Please help them line up, single file, behind the sign listing the name of their major. For some degrees, you will need to separate students according to concentration or degree type (e.g., Spanish or French for Modern and Classical Languages, or BA or BS for Economics).
Master's and PhD students will also gather by degree program in Lot A of the EagleBank Arena.
In case of rain, students report directly to the floor of the EagleBank Arena and will be seated by major or degree program.
Please help the staff distribute reader cards. Ensure that students in your group have filled them out. They will hand the card to the reader on the stage. Remind students to:
Staff from the college will distribute one sheet for each major (e.g., BA in English). The first student in the line for that degree holds the sheet.
Please instruct this student to stay at the front of the line for the degree program and to give the sheet to the reader on stage first and their reader card second. The reader will read the degree name before reading the names of the students receiving that degree.
When the procession begins, please stay with your group and keep the students in a single file line. Your line joins with another line, so that students enter the EagleBank Arena in two parallel lines. Walk with your students into the EagleBank Arena and take a seat near them. Four faculty line leaders lead students into the EagleBank Arena and count off the students for each row.
College staff members will be on the floor to cue the students to head to the stage at the appropriate time. Please help facilitate this movement as necessary.
During the presentation of degrees for your department or program, marshals should stand in the aisle to facilitate students' return to their rows. Out of respect for their fellow graduates, students are strongly discouraged from leaving during the ceremony after they have crossed the stage. If students try to leave, please tell them they need to wait until the end of the ceremony. Students who need to use a restroom should be directed to college staff standing at the back of the EagleBank Arena.
At the end of the ceremony, there is a full recessional. The platform party leaves first. After they have recessed, the college staff directs the students to leave starting from the front rows working to the back rows. You can assist by having students be ready to exit the row to their right (when facing the stage) starting with the first row, following the direction of the college staff members on the floor of the arena. Everyone will exit via the same doors through which they entered. After leaving the building, students can join their families and friends at receptions organized by department/major. Reception locations are printed on the back of the degree celebration program.