10:30 AM on December 11, 2021!
Instructions for Graduates
Graduate and guest parking for the Celebration for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 Graduates is in Lot 10. Parking is available in Lot 11 for vehicles with handicap license plates or hanging tags. Please arrive by 9:00 a.m.
Instructions for Entry into Convocation Center
All guests enter through Doors B of the Convocation Center. Class of 2020 graduates will enter through Doors C of the Convocation Center, and Class of 2021 graduates will enter through Doors A of the Convocation Center.
Graduates and guests must have their ticket and ID to display to the door attendants.
Upon arrival, graduates should report to the assigned areas in the Convocation Center. Deans will assist graduates with assembling in designated areas in the Convocation Center. Please observe the social distancing designation when assembled and be reminded that face masks must be worn properly at all times. Once the procession begins you will not be allowed to join the assembly. Please follow the directions of the marshals as you march into the location and sit in the specified seating.
Attire and Protocol
Graduates, in required academic regalia, must wear auxiliary clothing that harmonizes with the black gown. Women: black dresses of appropriate length, solid black shoes, skin tone or dark stockings, no pants, or jeans; Men: white collared shirts with ties, black shoes, black dress slacks, and no jeans. Anyone failing to meet these guidelines (carrying flowers or wearing sorority or fraternity Kente cloth stoles, attachments, corsages, ribbons, scarves, etc. with his or her academic attire) will be escorted from the procession. Academic regalia should be worn with limited jewelry. Large earrings, bangles, chains, pins, and other pieces are inappropriate and will not be allowed. Caps are worn with tips in a horizontal position (not tilted) with tassels on the right side of the cap. Women should keep their caps on throughout the celebration. Men should remove their caps during the invocation, replace them following the invocation, remove them again for the benediction, and replace them for the remainder of the celebration.
Karen Turner Ward, Ph.D.
Old Dominion Endowed Chair
of Fine and Performing Arts