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General Information for Faculty & Staff

Academic Program Chairs

Each academic program must have a representative at the ceremony to help confer degrees. Unless we hear otherwise, we are assuming that each program chair will be participating in academic apparel. If this is not the case, the chairperson is responsible for contacting either the Commencement Coordinator, Clif Ganyard, or Pam Gilson, Testing Coordinator, with the name of the person who will be representing the academic program. This information is needed by April 1 for a May ceremony and November 1 for a December ceremony to meet printing deadlines for the Commencement Program and to configure the ceremony lineup order.

Caps & Gowns

If you plan to participate in the Spring/Summer 2016 ceremony (processional and recessional) but do not own academic apparel, The Phoenix Bookstore has apparel available for you to rent (at your own expense - funding is no longer available). Prices are: $32.99 for a bachelor's gown/cap/tassel package, $59.99 for a master's or doctorate package (includes hood), and $32.99 for a master's or doctorate hood only.

Please either visit The Phoenix Bookstore in person to complete the rental reservation form or click here to complete the online rental form by April 8.  Apparel must be reserved by April 8 in order to arrive in time for the ceremony.  Any late fees assessed because of failure to meet the reservation deadline will be the sole responsibility of the individual faculty/staff member.

Faculty gown rental pickup:  An e-mail will be sent when rental reservations have arrived at The Phoenix Bookstore.  Please verify that you have the correct apparel, including the tassel (black for masters degrees, gold for Ph.D.), before leaving the store.

Faculty gown purchase: Faculty members wishing to purchase regalia on their own need to place the order by March 11, 2016. There will be a vendor representative available March 10 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to answer questions.  The purchase price for a custom regalia package including doctorate tam, gown, and hood is $559.00. Individual pieces are also available for purchase; contact The Phoenix Bookstore for pricing.