Ceremony instructions

Although graduates will receive detailed instructions at the convocation rehearsal on Thursday, May 30 at 4 p.m. in the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre, the following information is a general outline.

All graduates will gather in the Ganong Hall Little Gallery at 1 p.m. on May 31 to line up in the proper order and process to the ceremony. Graduates walk in pairs, by number. You must ensure you bring your name card with you. You will receive this at the rehearsal.

The tassel dangles on the left side of the cap. The top of the cap should rest flat on the head. Undergraduate hoods are worn with the colour showing only on the left shoulder. Hoods for higher degrees are carried on the left arm. Students receiving more than one degree wear the hood for their first degree and carry the hood for their second degree on their left arm.

For the procession, the piper will lead the Honour Guard, followed by the Student Marshals and Graduates, then the Faculty and Platform Party. Everyone proceeds across the quad to a lower, back door of the Athletics Centre. On cue, led by Student Marshals, the procession moves into the gymnasium.

Conferring of degrees

After some preliminary words, the campus orator announces, "Supplicants for the xyz degree...will stand for presentation..."

Graduates in the stated degree stand in unison until completion of the presentation (an exchange, in Latin, between the Orator and the President).

The Orator announces, "You will now proceed to your assigned place for individual presentation and acceptance."

Graduates in the front row only remain standing in readiness to move forward to the stage; other graduates remain seated. Front row graduates advance to the left side of the aisle, in single file. The person in front of you should have a lower number on his or her card. Each graduate will climb the stairs and present the card to the Orator, who does not return it.

The second row graduates stand when they are directed to do so by the Student Marshal and proceed to the foot of the stairs of the stage.  Subsequently other rows stand and proceed in turn.

When the Orator reads the graduate's name, he or she moves across the stage, acknowledging the Lieutenant-Governor with a nod. Partway across the stage, the graduate will be hooded by Chancellor (if higher degree), or "capped" by President. Upon "capping," each graduate proceeds to the far side of the stage to receive his or her parchment.

Before receiving the parchment from the respective Dean (or representative), the graduate extends his or her right hand to shake hands, and then accepts the parchment in the left hand. Pause for a photograph to be taken from a representative of Flewwelling Photography.

The tassel is moved to the right side of the cap, and the graduate continues down the stairs to the right of the stage. The graduate will receive a copy of the group photograph, taken earlier that day, from representatives of UNB’s Associated Alumni and then will return to his or her original seat as directed and sits down.