Commencement Exercises

May 12, 2018


Candidates |Caps and Gowns | Schedule | Parking | Entrance to Building | Procession | Recession | Conferring of Degrees | Special Accommodations | First Aid | Photographs | Mailing of Diplomas | Special Notes


Letter from the President


To the Candidates of the Spring 2018 Graduating Class:

Congratulations on achieving your goal of graduation from Southeastern Louisiana University!  Graduation is a significant milestone in your life and an outstanding accomplishment. We are delighted that you chose Southeastern for your educational journey.

Your studies have prepared you for the challenges and opportunities that will lead to your professional destination.  I encourage you to use the knowledge you have gained at Southeastern to make the world a better place, to carve out new challenges, and to reach your goals.

In the future, rely on Southeastern as an enriching and ever-expanding resource. Through active participation in the Alumni Association, you will continue to share in Southeastern's progress and promise for years to come.

We are proud of your achievement and wish you continued success.

John L. Crain






The Commencement Committee congratulates all candidates! We hope that Commencement will be a rewarding experience for you and your family and friends. As no practice for Commencement Exercises is possible, we present the following instructions for your information.


Caps and Gowns:

All graduates participating in Commencement are required to purchase commencement regalia from the Southeastern Louisiana University Bookstore. Caps and gowns can be ordered at the bookstore. In addition, graduates may wish to consider the purchase of graduation announcements, personalized name cards, class rings, and diploma plaques. The Bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. For further assistance call 549-5393.



9:00 a.m.
Candidates for degrees assemble in caps and gowns on Lower Level of the University Center.
10:00 a.m.
Procession begins. 



Please see traffic changes planned for the event.


Due to parking limitations, candidates and guests should arrive early
Parking will be available in lots around the University Center and on campus.


Entrance to Building:

 Commencement Map



Candidates for degrees should enter the Lower Level of the University Center at designated entrances (see below) according to their College. They should then locate the signs designating their College and await instructions from officials responsible for lining up. (See map above)

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences - Gate 3, Lower Level
College of Business - Gate 1, Lower Level
College of Education - Gate 5, Lower Level
College of Nursing & Health Sciences - Gate 5, Lower Level
College of Science & Technology - Gate 7, Lower Level
Graduate Studies - Gate 3, Lower Level 



Guests should enter the University Center at the eight main entrances on the second level. Guests are asked not to enter the Lower Level. Guests requiring special accommodations should note the ramp available on the North side (Gate 4) of the Center (see map above). Upon entering, ushers will be available to direct guests to an elevator.  Several rows of reserved seating will be provided for those not able to descend the stairs in the arena.  Seating in these areas will be monitored by ushers. In addition, several areas are available for viewing of the ceremony from wheelchairs. Guests should ask ushers for special assistance.



Prior to entering the arena, candidates of a College will be lined up in alphabetical order by degree, presented with a "reader card" and, if appropriate, presented with an honor stole. *Candidates will be led by their dean and reader through the hallway and down the stairs to the arena. They will proceed to their seats as directed by Marshals.



Candidates will leave the arena as directed by the Marshals.


Conferring of Degrees:

The President of the University will confer degrees en masse. Following this and upon a signal from the Marshals, the reader and candidates in each College will proceed in single file across the center aisle and to the side of the stage where candidates will present readers with their "reader cards", ascend the stairs, cross the stage as their names are called, receive their diploma covers, and return to their seats from the outside of the row.


Special Accommodation:

Candidates requiring special accommodations should contact Office of Enrollment Services at 549-2244 or 1-800-222-SELU prior to the week of Commencement.


First Aid:

Campus Police and Acadian Ambulance will be on duty to provide assistance in the event of an emergency.



Color photographs of graduates will be taken during the ceremony by a commercial photography service.  Each student will be contacted directly by the company for order placement and free proofs. Individuals will not be allowed on the floor of the arena to take personal photographs. 


Mailing of Diplomas:

Your diploma will be mailed on June 11, 2018.  If you have a change of diploma address, please send a letter stating your correct address to Office of Records and Registration, SLU 10752, Hammond, LA 70402 or visit NCMB Building, room 107 or email us at  


Special Notes

A.   Proper decorum is expected of all participants. Noisemakers, confetti, and other similar objects are disruptive to the ceremony and are not permitted.

B.   Any excessive decorations on gowns or mortarboards are distracting and therefore inappropriate.

C.   Only University approved stoles, cords, ribbons or medals associated with academic honors or membership in Phi Kappa Phi or the Thirteen Club may be worn with the cap and gown. Students may be asked to remove any adornment that is deemed inappropriate by a commencement official.

D.   Candidates may not carry any personal items in the processional, including cell phones, video cameras and other electronic devices. No security is provided for these items if left unattended.

E.   Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in and around the University Center. Food and drinks of any kind are not allowed in the arena.

F.   Please wear dark shoes.

G.   Men should wear shirt and tie and dress slacks.

H.   Robes should be zipped closed.

I.    The cap tassel for faculty and graduates is to the left front.

J.   Commencement Exercises will last approximately two hours. All participants are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

     *The University will present stoles to honor graduates who are receiving a baccalaureate degree or an associate's degree.  Honor graduates are students who have an overall grade point average of 3.500 or better.
     Stoles will be presented as candidates are lined up prior to descending to the arena. Questions regarding stoles should be directed to the Reader or other personnel involved in lining up candidates.