Commencement 2016

Graduate Assembly Instructions

Graduates participating in the Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies will need to arrive early to each event wearing their cap, gown and tassel in order to be placed in the line of march.

Dear High Point University Graduates,

Commencement is quickly approaching! We are so proud of you and hope you are getting excited about the upcoming weekend. Please read the following details about arrival to the Commencement events and line-up information. Please keep in mind you will show your HPU Passport Card at each event.

Onward with Faithful Courage: A Senior Send-Off with Dr. Qubein: Friday, May 6th at 10:30am. The appropriate dress for this event is business attire. Graduates are encouraged to sit with their guests. You will not need to be in alphabetical order for this event and there is no special line up required.

Baccalaureate: Friday, May 6th at 4:00pmPlease assemble in cap and gown no later than 3:15 pm at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  Please check-in under the covered walkway to the right of the church.  You will not need to be in alphabetical order for this event.

Commencement: Saturday, May 7th at 9:00am. Please assemble in cap and gown no later than 8:15 am on the Kester International Promenade. Please pay attention to the following zone break downs based on your last name. The Junior Marshals will give you a name card that needs to be kept with you and turned in when you reach the stage. This card will be used to call your name as you proceed across the stage.

ZONE BREAKDOWN (the breakdown is by alphabetical order in a degree category (BA, BS, BSBA or MA/DEd). The alphabet range on the degree signs indicates the first letter of the degree candidate’s last name.)


MA Degree

Zone 1 – All Graduate School (Masters, DEd) Candidates

BA Degree

Zone 2 – BA (last name beginning with A & B)

Zone 3 – BA (last name beginning with C & D, through Desmond)

Zone 4 – BA (last name beginning with D, starting with DeVito, through E & F)

Zone 5 – BA (last name beginning with G & H)

Zone 6 – BA (last name beginning with I, J, K, & L)

Zone 7 – BA (last name beginning with M & N)

Zone 8 – BA (last name beginning with O, P, Q, & R)

Zone 9 – BA (last name beginning with S)

Zone 10 – BA (last name beginning with T, U, V, W, Y, & Z)

BS Degree

Zone 11 – BA (last name beginning with A, B, & C)

Zone 12 – BA (last name beginning with D, E, F, G, & H)

Zone 13 – BS (last name beginning with J, K, L, M, N, & O)

Zone 14 – BS (last name beginning with P, R, & S)

Zone 15 – BS (last name beginning with T, V, W, & Z)

BSBA Degree

Zone 16 – BS (last name beginning with A, B, & C)

Zone 17 – BS (last name beginning with D, E, F, & G)

Zone 18 – BSBA (last name beginning with H, I , J, K, & L)

Zone 19 – BSBA (last name beginning with M, N, O, & P)

Zone 20 – BSBA (last name beginning with R & S)

Zone 21 – BSBA (last name beginning with T, W, Y, & Z)


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Additional Resources

Official HPU Press Release

Photography and video for the Graduation Ceremony

Highlights from 2015 and 2014

Previous Graduation Speakers at HPU

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