Ceremony Preparation

The 2:30 p.m. ceremony on Friday, May 12, will include the College of Arts and Sciences science disciplines, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Robbins College of Health and Human Science, and all related graduate programs.

The 9:00 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 13, will include the College of Arts and Sciences arts and humanities disciplines, Engineering and Computer Science, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, School of Music, and all related graduate programs.

The 2:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 13, will include the Hankamer School of Business, the School of Education, all military degrees and related graduate programs.

Truett Seminary will have its own ceremony Friday afternoon at 6 p.m., May 12, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Waco.

Doors open 90 minutes before the start of each ceremony and the estimated length is two and a half hours. No tickets are needed for the ceremony, but graduates are encouraged to bring no more than 10 guests.


Graduates' parents or grandparents who are in a ministry position may be invited to present the benediction. To aid in the selection of these participants, please click the link above to reply via our web site. Deadline for submission is April 21.


Sign interpretation for graduates or guests with hearing impairments will be provided for the commencement ceremony if requested by May 8. Call the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation at 254-710-3610 to request this assistance.


Commencement announcements may be ordered and purchased at Bear Faire, or afterwards at www.jostens.com. For more information on regalia and announcements, contact the Baylor Bookstore at 254-710-2161.


Diploma presentation order during each ceremony begins with bachelor's degrees. Master's students are recognized next, followed by the presentation and hooding of doctoral students. Students will be seated in the order in which diplomas are presented:  academic school/college, degree, major, last name.


Graduates should arrive at Ferrell Center no later than one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and move immediately to the staging area along the concourse. Graduates should look for their appropriate group, arranged by school, degree, major and last name. Signs should be easy to read. Faculty marshals will be available to help students find their groups.

When reaching the staging area, the graduate checks in with the faculty marshal assigned to the student's group. The marshal will arrange graduates by "two's" for the procession into the arena. At least twenty minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, the groups will be moved to the doors through which they will process. Latecomers will not be allowed to march in the procession.

The students should stay in two's for the procession and until a marshal counts them into the row where they will be seated. The student should do an "about face" into the row and move to stand in front of the next available chair. Students must stay in the correct order for seating and for the walk to the stage to receive diplomas.

When it is time for students to cross the stage and receive diplomas, faculty marshals will provide directions and assist with the process.


Please do not attempt to take a photograph with the President. This request is made out of consideration for all graduates and in the interest of keeping the ceremony moving as quickly as possible.


The printed Commencement program will be available no earlier than the day of the first ceremony. The program will list all certified graduates by school, degree, and major, who are eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies. The history of Baylor Commencement, the university mace and an explanation of academic regalia are included in the program.