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Ceremony information - Sunday, May 4, 2014

The academic processional will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony and promptly at 2:00 p.m. for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. All invited guests should be in their seats by the start of the ceremony. Late arrivals will be seated after the processional is complete (approximately 15 minutes). Also, anyone who leaves the seating area just before the processional will not be re-admitted until the processional is complete.

Once graduates are seated, guests are expected to remain in place during the entire ceremony. Seating is relatively crowded and movement can be inconvenient for others. Persons who leave the seating area may not be allowed to return to avoid disrupting the proceedings.

Bringing children to the ceremony

We recommend that you not bring small children to commencement. They often become restless at long, formal ceremonies.

No strollers are allowed under the tent.

Academic regalia information

Commencement is a formal event at Aurora University. All graduating students participating in our commencement ceremonies are asked to leave their academic regalia (cap or mortarboard, academic gown, and master's or doctoral hood) unaltered.

Some Aurora University students have been inducted into national honor societies and may wear their academic honor cords at the commencement ceremony; however, social organization stoles will not be permitted.

We would also ask that you refrain from wearing corsages or any other adornments on your academic regalia until the ceremony is concluded. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

What to wear

The robes are black, so color matching is not a problem. Wear lightweight street clothes in dark colors. For men, a light-colored dress shirt with a necktie is appropriate. Wear comfortable, dark-colored dress shoes. Women: Do not wear high heels, as you will be walking on uneven grassy areas. All slacks (for men and women) should be dark-colored.


Fresh flowers will be available for purchase before and after the ceremony, courtesy of Flowers for Dreams. A portion of the proceeds will go to a local charity.

Cameras at the ceremony

We have retained the services of a professional photographer to take graduates' pictures in color as they receive degrees from the President of Aurora University. You will receive a free proof and will be able to order additional prints at a reasonable price. Also, some of the professional programs have made arrangements for group photos afterward.

To avoid disruption of the ceremony, family members and friends are asked not to leave their seats to photograph during the ceremony.

After the ceremony, university officials will be available at the tent area for posed photos with graduates.


Commencement is a formal occasion — the university's primary academic ceremony of the year. Because of the number of graduates at each ceremony, it is important that the awarding of degrees not be interrupted by applause. After each group of graduates has received their degrees, the presiding official will invite the audience to applaud them.

Be sure to impress upon your guests that they must maintain decorum during the ceremony. Anyone bringing any type of noisemakers will be asked to leave the ceremony.

Eating, drinking, smoking and electronic equipment

Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted during the ceremony. Aurora University is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted on campus grounds. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the Aurora University campus. We ask that all alarm watches, cellular phones and electronic pagers be turned off during the ceremony.

Severe Weather

In the event that severe weather occurs during a Commencement ceremony, the President will immediately conclude the event. Campus Public Safety officers and university staff will direct attendees to designated areas of shelter.

While the ceremony will not be resumed, degree candidates may go directly to Thornton Gymnasium for graduation photographs. Once the severe weather passes, graduates and their guests should leave campus in an orderly fashion.

Any subsequent Commencement ceremonies for the day will be held as scheduled, unless severe weather persists. Additional information will be available at