Faculty and Participants Information

We are happy you will be joining us in participating in this year's Ivy Tech Northeast Commencement at the Memorial Coliseum.

Preparing for the Evening

  • There is no rehearsal for commencement ceremonies.
  • Beginning April 1, parking permits for faculty/college participants are available in Academic Affairs (CC1210).
  • There is no place to keep personal belongings during the ceremony. Please leave purses and other personal items with a friend or family member during the ceremony, or leave the items at home.

Arrival times (no later than listed time)

  • 12:30 p.m.: Chancellor, Cabinet, Deans and designated staff report for setup and brief run-through of logistics.
  • 4:45 p.m.: Faculty volunteers arrive, dress and meet to review logistics in Expo IV; then go upstairs.
  • 5:15 p.m.: Faculty volunteers help assemble and organize students around the perimeter of the Arena.
    • Join the faculty line-up immediately preceding ceremony start (entrance to Arena).
  • 6:15 p.m.: All other faculty (There will be a posted/draped changing room at the far end of Memorial Coliseum's Expo IV for faculty. Follow the signage to Expo IV once inside the Coliseum.)
    • Go through glass doors behind escalators, then through steel doors.
    • Go down the ramp and through the reception area in Expo IV to the faculty dressing area in the back.
    • Put on cap/gown in the changing area.
    • Go straight up the stairs to the faculty line-up (NOTE: You can go UP these stairs but NOT DOWN, since the doors have handles on only one side).
    • There are restrooms both upstairs and downstairs.

Honor Guard Lines

  • Faculty will process into the Arena and form honor guard lines.
  • Faculty process in forming two (2) columns stopping before the last row of chairs, then face each other to honor graduates.
  • Graduates will then process through these lines to their seats in the Arena, after which the faculty will proceed to their seats.
  • If you wish , clap for your students as they enter but please do not get out of line to personally greet students during the processional.
  • Please remain seated during the ceremony. Spacing will not allow for congratulatory gestures (e.g. hugging, hand-shaking) after students' names announced. Save these for the post-commencement reception.
  • See procession/recession details for schematics of the ceremony.


If you have additional questions or concerns, contact your program chair or dean for clarification on details.