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What to Wear and Bring to Commencement

Commencement is a joyous but dignified occasion. The University's policy is that all graduates participating in the ceremony must wear an approved cap and gown and only *official honors cords may be worn. Personal adornments (e.g., leis, stoles, or messages on gowns) are not consistent with the spirit of the graduation ceremony. Graduates who appear at the Commencement lineup with unapproved adornment will be asked by student or faculty marshals to remove it. Faculty marshals have the authority to prevent anyone in unapproved adornment from processing.

Seniors are encouraged to wear:

  • Dress shoes
  • Dress pants for men

Please refrain from wearing shorts, sneaker or flip flops. No backpacks allowed.

*Official honors cords are those distributed by officially recognized academic honor societies at Eastern or those distributed by the bookstore for students who have earned graduation honors.

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Class of 2021 - Don’t forget to bring your Reader Card. As a reminder Reader Cards can be picked up Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. from the Registrar’s Office in Wood Support Services Center.

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