WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

THE MARCHING LIST FOR 2020 WILL BE POSTED DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 11, 2020.

The marching list is in exact alpha order, so you will receive YOUR personal diploma.  

LINE-UP BEGINS IN HARRINGTON AUDITORIUM AT 3:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020 FOR THE GRADUATE CEREMONY, AND 8:30 A.M. ON SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY.

Please be on time! While an hour may seem long, it is a rather short time to do what needs to be done. Your presence will make the job easier for everyone.

Lining up for the Ceremony

Students: All candidates will line-up in Harrington Auditorium. Graduate Students (Masters and Ph.D.) will begin line-up on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Undergraduates will begin line-up on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Line-up Staff will direct students to their assigned rows and exact seating order. Check your e-mail the night before Commencement, as you will be notified of your row number.

Faculty: Faculty will robe in their offices. They will line-up on Earle Bridge, where the students will pass by. Faculty will be seated on the stage, and will follow the students in the Processional. 

Trustees and Stage Party: Robing and line-up will take place in the Bartlett Center.

Upon Arriving for Line-up in Harrington:

  • Find your name and your ROW number.
  • There will be signs with ROW numbers marked on them; find the sign with your row number on it.
  • Check in with the line-up staff for your row. The line-up staff will assist you in finding your exact position in line.
  • The staff will give you a "reader card".
  • Once you are placed in your exact position in line, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT, AS WE NEED YOU IN YOUR EXACT ALPHA ORDER!  Keep your reader card in hand.

Taking Your Seat

  • As you march into the seating area, the left column will fill in the left side seats, and the right column will fill in the right side seats. (see Figure #1).
  • If the person in front of you does not arrive to march, do NOT take his or her seat. You will leave the seat open and sit in the seat that was assigned to you.
  • Remain standing until you are told to sit down.
  • Gentlemen will remove their caps for the National Anthem and Invocation.

Receiving Your Diploma

  • The Honorary Marshall will lead the first ROW to the stage to receive diplomas. Commencement Staff will lead each successive row to the stage.
  • When the staff arrives at the far right of a row, the ENTIRE row (both left and right seating locations) should RISE AS ONE.
  • The ROW will proceed to the right, with those candidates seated in the left seating section CROSSING the center aisle and walking through the right seating section. (see Figure #2).
  • A staff member will greet you as you approach the stage and ask for your reader card.  
  • When you walk up the ramp, you will be told when to begin walking across the stage to receive your diploma. You will begin walking before you hear your name called. Receive your diploma with your left hand, and shake hands using your right hand.
  • Move your tassel from the right side of your cap to the left.
  • Upon receiving your diploma, walk across the stage to the ramp on the far left. Proceed to the left end of your row.
  • Walk through the row back to your seat. Those of you seated in the right seating location will have to CROSS the center aisle.
  • Upon reaching your seat, you may sit immediately.

The Recessional

  • The stage party and faculty recess first.
  • As the last faculty pass the FIRST row, this row (both left and right seating locations) files out in two columns (as they did in the processional).
  • The first row is followed by each succeeding row.
  • Continue marching until the stage party stops.