FAQ

What should I wear under my gown?
The temperature in Rome during June is hot; therefore you should wear light, comfortable semi-formal attire. It is suggested that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing. In case of rain, graduates will be provided with a poncho if needed. Guests should be prepared for rain and bring appropriate attire.

How do I order my cap and gown?
You must order your cap and gown by visiting or contacting your Academic Dean's office no later than Wednesday, March 26, 2014. 

When can I pick up my cap and gown?
The Academic Dean's offices will distribute caps and gowns on Wednesday, May 28 and Friday, May 30, 2014. If you are unable to pick up your academic attire during these times, you must make the proper arrangements with your Dean.

Do I need tickets for my guests to attend the Commencement ceremony?
Yes. Each graduate will receive a maximum of four (4) admit one tickets. These tickets will be made available at the time of cap and gown distribution on May 28 and May 30.

Please note: The names of all participants and guests must be provided to the appropriate Academic Dean's offices in advance and no later than Monday, June 2, 2014. In addition, all guests must present a valid form of identification and hold a general entrance ticket for the ceremony.

What time should I arrive to the Rome campus on Commencement day?
The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. All graduates will need to assemble in the line up location, in their cap and gown, no later than 5:15 p.m. The Procession will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. and it is imperative that all graduates check in at 5:15 p.m. to ensure their name is read at the Commencement Ceremony.

What time should my guests arrive?
Guests will be admitted to the Ceremony area at 5 p.m., one hour before the ceremony.

What do I do at the ceremony?
Graduates will be briefed in the graduate and faculty assembly area. Graduates will be lined up in alphabetical order according to their school/college. At the start of the Procession, the Academic Deans will lead you into the Ceremony and direct you to your row.

What about photos? Can our guests take pictures?
Guests can take pictures during the Ceremony from their seats but they will not be permitted to take pictures near the stage or in the main aisle of the Procession/Recession route. There will be a professional photographer who will take a picture of each graduate while their name is read. Photos will be made available through the Rome campus academic offices one week after the Ceremony.

When and where is the reception?
The reception will be held immediately following the Ceremony in the courtyard. In case of rain, the reception will be held inside. All graduates and their guests are invited to attend.

When will I receive my diploma?
Actual diplomas will be distributed by the Academic Dean's offices after June 23, 2014. To find out if you are eligible to receive your diploma, please contact your Dean's office. 

Can diplomas be mailed to me or picked up by an authorized person?
Yes. You must notify your Academic Dean in writing with an updated mailing address. An authorized person may pick up diplomas after you have filed a Third Party Authorization Form.