The Public Exercises Committee reports to the Provost.
The committee consists of the following members:
(a) Six rotating faculty, the Chief Usher, and the two Chief Marshals
(b) Two students selected by the Student Body President
(c) Ex Officio Members: Assistant to the Office of the Provost for Commencement, Director of Public Safety, Director of Registration, Coordinator of Administrative Service for the Registrar's Office, Computer Center/Telephone representative, Director of Ferrell Center, ARAMARK Physical Facilities representative
The Assistant to the Office of the Provost for Commencement serves as chair of this committee.
The Public Exercises Committee plans, reviews, and makes recommendations concerning each commencement.
The committee meets once each semester for an hour to an hour and a half. The purpose of the meeting is to review plans for the coming graduation and consider any needed or requested changes, plan for the number of students graduating, discuss parking and other logistical issues.
Faculty members most often appointed to the committee are those who have been involved as marshals or ushers at Commencement. These faculty members bring a first-hand experience to committee discussions.