Baylor faculty are encouraged to attend commencement ceremonies and march in the procession to show support and encouragement to the graduates. Faculty who will march should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Members of the faculty should enter the parking lot off LaSalle Street. A limited number of parking spaces near the Whetsel Practice facility will be held for faculty parking on a first-come/first-serve basis. Faculty will robe in the Stone Room, a concourse-level room that may be accessed from outside doors to the rear of the Whetsel Practice Facility or from the main concourse. Faculty marshals will be on hand to assist with the lineup and lead the procession.
Some faculty are involved with the ceremony by serving as ushers to greet guests. Others serve as marshals to help line up graduates for the procession and assist them through the diploma presentation. Faculty interested in serving in one of these capacities should contact Lois Ferguson (Lois_Ferguson@Baylor.edu or call 254-710-8534) to sign up as an usher or Denyse Rodgers (Denyse_Rodgers@Baylor.edu), one of the chief marshals.
All faculty at the ceremony are encouraged to greet graduates in their discipline after the students have walked across the stage and photos have been made. Faculty will form a line with their backs to the audience, facing the students seated on the floor, allowing them to greet students as they walk back to their seats. Faculty should feel free to move from their seats to the greeting area as often as needed.
The greeting area must remain neat and orderly to properly greet students. Faculty must remain well away from the photography area used by Flash.
For faculty needing regalia to wear, the Baylor Bookstore will order rental regalia. Faculty are encouraged to order at least two weeks prior to the ceremony to avoid rush charges.
A loaner closet with regalia donated by retired faculty is available for faculty use. Use the request form at the top right of this page to provide information for the use of regalia from this inventory. No requests for loaner regalia wll be accepted after 5 p.m. on Monday, May 8. The loaner closet continues to grow and can accommodate a number of requests at each ceremony. Prompt return of the regalia allows those who manage the regalia to return it to inventory and clean and/or repair items as necessary. If your doctoral degree is from Baylor, please contact the Graduate School about using regalia from their inventory.