Norfolk State University’s Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk VA 23504. The commencement processional will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program immediately following at 10:00 a.m.
Ticket allotment will be determined based on the number of graduates and the capacity of the facility.
Guest seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis ALL GUESTS over two years of age will be required to have a CEREMONY TICKET for commencement. Access to the Arena will not be permitted during the Processional. Please share this information with your guests so that they may plan their time of arrival at the Exercises accordingly.
Graduation Etiquette and Appropriate Decorum
Norfolk State University will celebrate its 97th Commencement on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall. The academic processional will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony will immediately follow at 10 a.m.
Commencement, a solemn but joyful climax and recognition of the graduates’ years of study, is an important and meaningful occasion to the University, its faculty, staff and students. Given the solemn yet celebratory nature of commencement, all participants are expected to follow some basic rules of etiquette for such occasions. First and foremost, all graduates are expected to remain at their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony and not leave prior to the recessional. Commencement is expected to last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
All graduates should arrive at the Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall no later than 8:30 a.m. Full academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) is required for those participating in the academic processional. Only official academic honor cords, stoles, sashes and/or medallions are permitted. This means no sorority/fraternity stoles or other non-academic stoles are allowed to be worn.
Ladies should wear black dresses or pants under the robes with black shoes. Men should wear dark suits, white shirts, dark ties, and black shoes. Athletic gear and/or casual wear are prohibited. Decorating of caps and/or gowns is strictly prohibited. Failure to adhere to the appropriate dress for the ceremony may result in removal from the academic processional.
Candidates for bachelor's degrees, please note that the mortarboard should be worn so that it sits parallel with the ground, with the tassel hanging to the right. During the ceremony, the officiant will ask you to move the tassel from the right front side of the mortarboard to the left as a mark of the official awarding of the degree. Master's and doctor's candidates should wear the caps with the attached tassel hanging to the left.
Celebrate accomplishments in a way that is in keeping with the solemnity of this occasion. Keep in mind that many people have worked long and hard to enjoy this day — do not allow celebrations to disrupt the ceremony. Please stay in your seat for the duration of the ceremony — be courteous to your fellow graduates and remain seated until the recessional.
Faculty members should arrive at the Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. Full academic regalia (robe, hood and cap) is required for those participating in the academic processional. Appropriate business attire should be worn under the robes. Athletic gear and/or casual wear are prohibited. Please allow extra time as all individuals participating in commencement will use the same entry and security check points.
Plan to be at the ceremony at least 30 minutes before the posted ceremony start time. Doors to the Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall will open at 8 a.m. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis. All guests must have a ceremony ticket in order to enter into the Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall. Please contact your graduate regarding a ceremony ticket.
Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate as they walk the stage to shake the officiant's hand and receive their diploma cover. Please do not attempt to take photographs during the ceremony.
Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates.