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Academic Etiquette

ProcessionCandidates are expected to wear complete commencement attire, WITH NO ALTERATIONS. Candidates wearing messages of any type on the caps and gowns will NOT be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony.

At commencement, the men will remove their hats for the invocation, benediction and alma mater.

  • All UNDERGRADUATE candidates will wear mortarboard caps with tassels on their RIGHT side prior to degrees being conferred. The President will formally confer degrees and will instruct graduates to move the tassel to the left side of the mortarboard cap.
  • GRADUATE candidates will wear their tassels on the LEFT side at all times.

Dignity of Ceremony

You are expected to be robed and conduct yourself in a dignified manner as you participate in this traditional ceremony. Please do not leave your seats or engage in lengthy conversation with others during the ceremony.

In order to allow for a smooth exit of all in attendance, please maintain an orderly pace during the recessional from the Kutztown University O'Pake Fieldhouse.