Celebrating Commencement & The President’s Inauguration
The 2020 Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, The University of Akron. In addition, faculty interested in marching at either the 2020 Commencement Ceremony or the Inauguration Ceremony on April 17, 2020 may use the Regalia Order form to order for either or both events.
Please review the following instructions:
Prepare for Commencement
|9 a.m.||Arrival and robing (it is important that you arrive on time and be prepared to line-up.) Continental breakfast will be provided.|
|9:30 a.m.||Final announcements and line-up; you must be robed by 9:30 a.m.|
|9:45 a.m.||Procession begins to move from the Scene Shop (back stage area) onto the stage.
Faculty will process from backstage in 2 lines, from both sides of the stage and will be seated on the main floor of E.J. Thomas Hall behind the students.
|10 a.m.||Ceremony begins promptly
The University Commencement ceremony is expected to last approximately two and a half hours, until 12:30 p.m.
|12:30 p.m.||Recessional (pending length of ceremony)|
|12:30 p.m.||Reception (Goodrich & Robertson Lobbies)|
Faculty must report early to the Scene Shop (back stage area) of E.J. Thomas Hall. Enter E.J. Thomas Hall through either the Stage Door (blue door to the left of the main glass doors on Hill Street) OR the glass doors from the parking deck into McCormick Lobby. Once inside, follow the signs indicating the location for faculty robing.
Leave valuables at home! Anything left in the Scene Shop (back stage area) while you are at the ceremony may not be attended and secure.
You will be sitting for more than two hours during the ceremony, please consider using the restroom before the processional begins.