Commencement Exercises

Virtual Commencement


As we announced recently, unfortunately due to the current situation and statewide event limitations, we are not able to continue with plans to hold a face-to-face commencement for spring 2020 graduates in August.  Our mission as a university focused on its students is to work diligently every day to help our students, like you, achieve success.  Your success is our success, and we enjoy nothing more than celebrating and commemorating your achievement with you.  It is a great disappointment that we are unable to celebrate with you in person at this time.

Fortunately, we were able to have our virtual celebration in May, but we will be doing even more to recognize your special day.

In order to celebrate your achievement, the following will take place:

  1. Southeastern will hold a virtual commencement ceremony during which your name will be read and be shown. This event will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8.  It will be streamed at and will be broadcast on the Southeastern Channel via Charter Communications.  Afterwards, it will air several times on the Channel, will be available on the website above for on-demand viewing, and will also be placed on
  2. We will also launch a web page on August 8 listing all graduates and will share it in multiple news venues—including our internal faculty/staff newsletter, our student newsletter and our alumni newsletters.
  3. You will be welcome to participate in a future face-to-face commencement ceremony. We do not know at this time when the next in-person commencement ceremony will be, but when the COVID-19 situation allows, we will communicate with you about all of the details, including the date and time as well as how to register for the event.
  4. Southeastern will post a listing of spring 2020 graduates’ names in the fall printed Southeastern Magazine. Each graduate will be mailed a copy in October.
  5. You will receive a special welcome packet from the Southeastern Alumni Association welcoming you as a graduate.
  6. Your diploma cover will be available for pick-up at the Southeastern Alumni Center starting Monday, August 10. Graduates will receive a communication from the Alumni Association with details.

We hope you know how proud we are of you for completing your degree and how much we want to celebrate with you.  In this unprecedented situation, we hope these alternatives will help you and your family shine a light on your accomplishments and bring out your Lion Pride as a new graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University.




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

cap and gownAll graduates participating in Commencement are required to purchase commencement regalia from the Southeastern Louisiana University Bookstore. In addition to caps and gowns, graduates may purchase graduation announcements, personalized name cards, class rings, and diploma plaques. The University Bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. For further assistance, call 985-549-5393 or email

Morning Commencement Schedule

9:00 a.m. Candidates for Nursing and Health Sciences and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences degrees assemble in caps and gowns on Lower Level of the  University Center.
10:00 a.m. Nursing and Health Sciences and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences procession begins.

Evening Commencement Schedule

2:00 p.m.
Candidates for Education, Business, and Science and Technology degrees assemble in caps and gowns on Lower Level of the University Center.
3:00 p.m.
Education, Business, and Science and Technology procession begins.


Commencement Parking

Due to parking limitations, candidates should arrive early.  Parking will be available in lots around the University Center on a first-come basis.  Graduates and guests parking on south campus should utilize the shuttle or tunnel.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Lion Traxx and Traffic Map

University Center Parking Map



 Commencement Map 1

 Commencement Map 2


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 and are escorted out of the University Center arena.  

Degree Conferral

commencement and governor edwardsThe 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 and to the side of the stage where candidates will present readers with their "reader card," ascend the stairs, cross the stage as their names are called, receive their diploma covers, take photo with University President, proceed to photo area for solo portrait picture, and return to their seats from the outside of the row.  Doctoral students should bring their hood to the stage with them (see Hooding instructions). 

Special Accommodation

Candidates requiring special accommodations should contact Office of Enrollment Services at 985-549-2244 or 1-800-222-SELU (7358) prior to the week of Commencement.  A wheelchair lift is available to access the commencement stage. 

First Aid

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


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

Diplomas will be mailed on June 15, 2020.  To notify Enrollment Services of a change in diploma address, send a letter stating your correct address to Office of Enrollment Services, SLU 10752, Hammond, LA 70402 or visit NCMB, room 107 or email us at  (The Alumni Office provides mini-diplomas at Lion4Life Launch Party)  

Honors Graduates

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.  Questions regarding stoles should be directed to the Reader or other personnel involved in lining up candidates.


Commencement Dress Do's and Don'ts:

  1. Leave bags at home.  No security is provided for items unattended.
  2. Dress comfortably.  Candidates will be at Southeastern for a minimum of three hours; the event is a combination of standing and sitting so dress comfortably for both.
  3. All candidates should wear dark shoes.
  4. Men should wear shirt and tie, dark dress slacks.
  5. If wearing heels, consider a lower heel for the sake of stairs, stage, etc.
  6. No shorts, jeans, or beach sandals should be worn.
  7. Robes should be zipped closed.
  8. Don't forget your regalia! 


Special Notes and Tips:

  1. Set an alarm or have a buddy system to make sure you arrive on time.
  2. Proper decorum is expected of all participants. Noisemakers, confetti, and other similar objects are disruptive to the ceremony and are not permitted.
  3. Any excessive decorations on gowns or mortarboards are distracting and therefore inappropriate.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in and around the University Center. Food and drinks of any kind are not allowed in the arena.
  7. The cap tassel for faculty and graduates is to the left front.  For undergraduates, the tassel is right front then shifted to the left after receiving diploma.  
  8. Commencement Exercises will last approximately two hours.  Out of respect for all degree candidates, all participants are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.
  9. Plan in advance where to meet your family afterwards.  Graduates are escorted out of the University Center following the ceremony.
  10. Enjoy the day!