What should I wear under my
The temperature in Rome during June is very hot; therefore you
should wear light, comfortable semi-formal attire. It is suggested
that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing. In case of rain,
graduates will be provided with a poncho if needed. Guests should
be prepared for rain and bring appropriate attire.
How do I order my cap and
You must order your cap and gown by visiting or contacting your
Academic Dean's office no later than Wednesday, March 20,
When can I pick up my cap and
The Academic Dean's offices will distribute caps and gowns
from Thursday, May 30 through Friday, May
31, 2013. If you are unable to pick up your academic attire
during these times, you must make the proper arrangements with your
Do I need tickets for my guests to attend
the Commencement ceremony?
Yes. Each graduate will receive a maximum of four
(4) admit one tickets. These tickets will be made available at
the time of cap and gown distribution from May 30 to May
Please note:The names of all participants and guests must be
provided to the appropriate Academic Dean's offices in advance and
no later than Monday, June 3, 2013.
In addition, all guests must present a valid form of identification
and hold a general entrance ticket for the ceremony.
What time should I arrive to
the Rome campus on Commencement day?
The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. All graduates will
need to assemble in the line up location, in their cap and
gown, no later than 5:15 p.m. The Procession will begin promptly at
5:45 p.m. and it is imperative that all graduates check in at 5:15
p.m. to ensure their name is read at the Commencement Ceremony.
What time should my guests
Guests will be admitted to the Ceremony area at 5
p.m., one hour before the ceremony.
What do I do at the
Graduates will be briefed in the graduate and faculty assembly
area. Graduates will be lined up in alphabetical
order according to their school/college. At the start of the
Procession, the Academic Deans will lead you into
the Ceremony and direct you to your row.
What about photos? Can our guests take
Guests can take pictures during the Ceremony from their seats but
they will not be permitted to take pictures near the stage or in
the main aisle of the Procession/Recession route. There will be a
professional photographer who will take a picture of each graduate
while their name is read. Photos will be made available
through the Rome campus academic offices one week after the
When and where is
The reception will be held immediately following the
Ceremony in the courtyard. In case of rain, the reception will be
held inside. All graduates and their guests are invited to
When will I receive my diploma?
Actual diplomas will be distributed by the Academic Dean's
offices after June 19, 2013. To find out if you are
eligible to receive your diploma, please contact your
Can diplomas be mailed to me or picked up
by an authorized person?
Yes. You must notify your Academic Dean in writing with
an updated mailing address. An authorized person may pick up
diplomas after you have filed a Third Party Authorization Form.