Ceremony Protocol

Ceremony Program Order

Commencement ceremonies include processions of candidates, an address by the commencement speaker, and presentation of the degrees. Each graduate will be called individually to receive the diploma cover and be congratulated by President Frenk on stage. Professional photographers and videographers will capture the memories!

Academic Procession

The Academic Procession consists of candidates, participating faculty, and alumni representatives and will be led by the Grand Marshal.

Note: The academic procession will enter the commencement site fifteen minutes prior to the published start time of the ceremony for the graduate and undergraduate degree ceremonies.

President's Procession

The President’s Procession, which includes the President, Provost, Trustees, and other stage party members, will follow the Academic Procession. The President’s Procession will enter the site promptly at the scheduled starting time, and the audience should rise and remain standing until the ceremony is declared open.

Ceremony Welcome

The program will begin with the National Anthem followed by an introduction by the Provost and welcome address from the President.

Special Recognitions and Commencement Address

Faculty are the heart of a great institution. Retiring faculty may be recognized for their dedication to our students at commencement. Additional honors may be awarded to outstanding members of the UM community or the commencement speaker. The commencement speaker will then offer advice to the graduates.

Presentation of Degrees

The Provost will introduce the Dean who will present the candidates to President Frenk. The Dean will ask all candidates to rise for the conferral of their degrees. Following conferral, the graduates will come forward to the stage to be recognized by name and congratulated by the President and Dean.

Alma Mater

The Frost School of Music Commencement Band will lead the singing of the Alma Mater at the conclusions of the ceremony. The words will be displayed on the screen.


The Grand Marshal will lead the recessional, followed by the stage party, faculty and graduates. Guests should remain seated until the recession has concluded.