- The Mark Twain Building will open one hour before the start of each ceremony. Graduates and guests, please do not arrive before that time.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
- No chewing of gum or candy.
- The use of electrical appliances such as irons and curling irons will NOT be allowed.
- No flowers are to be worn or carried during the ceremony. Including leis or cap decoration.
- No excessive decorations on caps or gowns that would be deemed inappropriate or distracting. No 3D designs or décor; elements used in the design must lay flat to the mortarboard board and not hang over the edge. Nothing Should be on the skull-cap portion of the cap. Note: The university reserves the right to require you to remove any embellishment deemed inappropriate by authorized university officials before you are permitted to participate in the ceremony.
- Guests should arrive on campus at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony and be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.
- Late arrivals may be asked to wait until the academic procession is finished (approximately 15 minutes) before they are seated.
- Accessible guest seating is available on a first-come basis.
- Guests are not permitted in the graduate seating area.
- Guests are to remain seated during the entire ceremony.
- No strollers, car seats, or baby carriers of any kind will be allowed in the seating area.
- Balloons are not permitted in the seating area.
- Air horns and noisemakers are not permitted at anytime during the ceremony.
- Food and drink is not permitted in the seating area.
- Taking pictures and videotaping is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not permitted. Cameras must be battery operated and patrons must remain seated while taking photographs and videotaping. Or if you would like to stand and videotape, you may do so from the corner of the balconies.