2014 Commencement


Commencement Assistant Instructions


If you haven't already done so, please read the General Information webpage first which states general procedures for everyone involved in the commencement ceremony.

The following are additional or special instructions for commencement assistants.

Assistant Orientation Meeting
Commencement Day
Assistant Assignments
Inclement Weather
The Processional
Presentation of Diplomas
The Recessional



Assistant Orientation Meeting

1:00 p.m., May 8, 2014
Cameron Stadium, Bottom Rows of Center North Stands

We will meet in Cameron Stadium where we will further discuss individual duties at commencement and answer questions. If there is rain on Thursday afternoon, we will meet in the Board Room of the Administration Building. Shirts and the commencement assistant name tags will be distributed at this meeting. The uniform for the event is the shirt handed out, khaki bottoms (long pants; no shorts please; ladies may wear capris), and VERY comfortable shoes.




Commencement Day, Friday, May 9, 2014


5:30 p.m., Commencement Assistants report to their assignment areas.

Although this meeting time is rather early, please be aware that a security check will take place at all gates and guests and graduates were asked to arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. to get through the security check and find their seats early.


7:30 p.m., Commencement Begins with the signal of the President

In case of bad weather, please see the Inclement Weather section below.




Commencement Program Assistant Assignments





General oversight/backstage

Sharon Gloden

Assist Ole Kim  Zeak Naifeh

Direct faculty and students from the platform to their seats (South)

 Amber Collins
Jennifer Abel
Direct faculty and students from the platform to their seats (North) Cody Gardner
Megan Canfield
Assist Dr. Janda and Ms. Sosa
with candidate name cards.

Zoe DuRant

Check-in for students without photo cards/tear off cards at platform

Linda Phillips
Renee Roach
Kelli Petersen
Julie Kendall
Margaret Coffee
Amber Hooper

Supervise distribution of gifts, programs and water prior to ceremony Mandy Husak

Organize East Endzone assembly and processional; direct movement to platform (South)

Donald Hall
Holly Thomas

Organize East Endzone assembly and processional; direct movement to platform (North)

Brenda Dally
Ramona Mott

Program distribution

Aggie Ambassadors
PLUS Students
Ann Morris
Doreen Thomas
Frank Myers
Hannah Murray
Jennifer Pruchnicki
Taylor Thompson

Assist with photography backstage

Leslie Cothren
Lorinda Rogers
Mandy Husak



Assist mobility impaired, provide directions to restroom facilities, and supervise photo area (North)

Sarah Stroud
Paula Merrifield
Doug Cole
Cherie Crosby

Assist mobility impaired, provide directions to restroom facilities, and supervise photo area (South) Suzanne Baker
Marty McCoy
John Schibi
Apryl Swatsky


Keith Vitense

VIP Reception/Assist Platform Party Elizabeth Hall
Sarah Powers
Jonna Brown
Supervise CETES Conference Center Rebekah Pullicar




Inclement Weather

In the event of severe weather on Friday, May 9, the ceremony will be moved to Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. If the severe weather continues on Saturday, four separate ceremonies beginning at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. will be conducted at Aggie Gym. Assistants should attend either both morning ceremonies or both afternoon ceremonies.  



The Processional

The Processional, led by the Chair of Faculty Senate, will begin at 7:30 p.m. He will conduct members of the platform party who assemble at the 40-yard line, to the platform in the center of the seating area. Faculty and candidates from the East and West Endzones will walk along the south side of the field, meet at the 40-yard line, and follow the platform party into the appropriate seating areas. Commencement Assistants should direct faculty and candidate movements during the processional.



Presentation of Diplomas

The Chair of each department will lead the department faculty and candidates across the platform. As faculty leave the platform, they will form a receiving line to the rear of the platform, where they will briefly congratulate graduates. Graduates and faculty will then return to their seats. Assistants assigned at the seating areas on the field should supervise the flow across the platform and through the receiving line.



The Recessional

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the President will dismiss participants. As the band plays the recessional music, the platform party will depart the platform and proceed back to their assembly area. The faculty and graduates will then follow the platform party back to assembly areas. Assistants should allow time for family photos and then direct everyone to the exits.