Student Handbook – Policies
Commencement Dress Code
Commencement is a formal occasion with a long history in the academy. Many students and families have sacrificed to reach this milestone and all students have worked hard to earn their degrees. Commencement has both individual and community dimensions. What happens during commencement can add to the graduation experiences for all students and their families as well as for each of us individually. It is also possible during commencement to draw attention to ones self in a manner that diminishes the experience for others. Thus, while commencement is a special time to honor ones family and professors as well as be honored by the institution, it also has broader community implications.
Commencement dress and behavior throughout this significant day will determine if every graduate is equally recognized and respected. To help us achieve this objective, choose one of the following decorum dress possibilities:
1. Academic attire is strongly encouraged. If worn, it must be black.
2. For those who choose not to wear academic attire, business or dress clothes and shoes typical for this area are required.
3. If desired, international students may wear formal attire fitting with their country.