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commencement Attendance, Ettiquette AND aTTIRE

Thomas University's sixty-first Commencement is Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8:30 am and will be held outside on the Historic Quad of Thomas University.


Part of the privilege of attending a small university is participating in a graduation ceremony at which your professors, TU administrators and staff, family members, and classmates celebrate your academic accomplishment. Because your attendance at the Thomas University commencement is essential, we consider it a requirement. If you are not able to attend the graduation ceremony for extenuating circumstances, you must submit a request to be excused in writing to Dr. Ann Landis, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, by April 1 at In your e-mail, please include your name, reason for needing to be excused, and e-mail address at which you would receive a reply.


  • Turn off all cell phones.
  • Be courteous if taking personal photographs.
  • Men should remove caps during invocation and benediction.
  • All guests regardless of age (even babies) must have a ticket; you are encouraged to leave younger children at home where they can celebrate with you later.
  • Be respectful of your classmates in your and your guests congratulations during the ceremony so that all graduates' names can be heard.
  • Please pass the programs that are provided down the row you are sitting in.


  • Cap & gown should be free of wrinkles (follow instructions provided with gowns)
  • Wear dark dress shoes and dark dress slacks.
    • Dark attire looks best under the thin fabric of these gowns.
    • Low heels are strongly encouraged.
  • No flip flops, casual sandals, or slides.
  • Cap must be worn flat on the head.
  • Leave purses in the trunk of your car for security.
  • No chewing gum.
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