Students may participate in the commencement ceremony if they have completed all required courses, if all grades have been submitted and all tuition & fees are paid. MSN+Companion DNP students can participate as a MSN graduate and/or as a DNP graduate after all requirements are met. (catalog pg. 85-86).
Graduates should arrive at the Nixon Gym no later than 1:00 pm (Eastern Time) and enter through lower level doors. There you will find an information table and staff to help you fill out a name card. This card is what you will give the announcer when you walk on stage.
When you have filled out the name card at the information desk, proceed into the gym. Wait there for the announcement to gather in the specified area on the bleachers for a group class picture. This will happen from 1:15 until 1:30. Once the picture is taken go back outside, walking by the information desk, to the parking lot for lineup.
Professional dress is required. A dress and dark shoes are recommended for women and dark pants and dark shoes would be recommended for the men. Since graduation gowns are black, it is best to wear dark colors so your clothes do not show through. No flip flops please.
The fine quality gowns are for graduates who work at a university as faculty and need it to wear year after year. It has the FNU logo as well as initials on the trim. The cheaper, one time use gowns are a lighter weight fabric and will not have the embellishments that the fine quality has. Many DNP students choose this cheaper option.