The Commencement ceremony is a traditional academic ritual. To participate in the ceremony, you must wear the appropriate academic regalia and maintain decorum. This means: no signs, no fireworks, no bottles, no beach balls, no cans, no balloons, no noisemakers, etc. Graduates choosing not to abide by these rules will not be allowed in the Tiger Arena and may be escorted from the ceremony.
In addition, no illegal drugs and no alcohol will be permitted in or around the Tiger Arena. Students who arrive under the influence of either will be removed from the lineup and will not participate in the ceremony.
Appropriate business attire should be worn beneath the regalia. Shorts and tennis shoes are not permitted. Those who are not dressed properly will be asked to leave the assembly area and will not be allowed to participate.
* For several reasons: safety, a significant walking distance to the Tiger Arena, and to ensure a smooth flow for the student procession; students are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes. High heels and stilettos are strongly discouraged.
Graduation cords can be worn at Commencement if they represent high academic achievement and not simply membership in a student organization, athletic team, or fraternity/sorority.
Except to follow directions from the stage, graduates are asked to remain in their seats for the entire ceremony. Movement on the floor is distracting to the guests in the stands, and it is disrespectful to the speakers.
The faculty and staff of TU congratulate you on your academic success and wish to insure that the Commencement ceremony will be a fitting conclusion to this phase of your education. We ask your help in making the ceremony a pleasant experience for all by attentively considering the rights and feelings of the other participants and guests.