Procedures for the January 8, 2021 Graduation Ceremony:
THERE WILL BE NO REHEARSAL FOR COMMENCEMENT, so it is very important that you study
the following graduation procedures carefully so that you will move through the event
The graduation commencement exercise begins at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021,
at Calvary Baptist Church, which is located at 5301 82nd Street in Lubbock, TX. It
will end at approximately 4:00 pm.
All graduating seniors will be properly robed for the ceremony. Men will wear black
shoes, dark trousers, light shirts and ties. Ladies will wear black shoes, dark skirts
and light shirts, or dark dresses. The caps and gowns are ordered from the information
students provide on the graduation application. You will be notified when the caps
and gowns arrive, and they will be available for pick up at the Lubbock Campus. Please
pick up your cap and gown prior to graduation and have it prepared for the ceremony.
Students will arrive at Calvary Baptist Church and assemble in the Multipurpose Room
located to the left of the sanctuary at 1:00 PM. Students will dress in their regalia
and be briefed on the protocol of the commencement exercise. Students graduating with
the master’s degree will wear the traditional cap and gown with the tassel on the LEFT
SIDE of the cap and lay your hood over your LEFT ARM. Students graduating with the
bachelor’s degree and/or associate’s degree will wear the traditional cap and gown
with the tassel on the RIGHT SIDE of the cap. There will be several Wayland faculty
members acting as Marshalls to help direct you through the ceremony.
Once robed in regalia, graduates will find their names on the chairs provided and
have a seat. These chairs are arranged in groups for the ceremonial presentation according
to the students’ highest level of earned degree: master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s.
Approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony, final instructions will be given and
your name will be called to confirm attendance. Latin honor designations will be awarded
at this time.
Promptly at 2:00 PM, the Marshalls will lead the students in the march to the sanctuary.
As you enter the sanctuary, please maintain a distance of approximately six feet between
you and the individual before you until you have reached the seating area. You will
also maintain this distance during the recessional until you have left the sanctuary.
A Marshall will direct you into the proper seating rows.
After entering your seating area, remain standing until the invocation and salute to the colors are completed. Men will remove their caps while ladies will continue to wear their caps during the
periods of prayer. The audience will also be standing, so we will give directions
from the stage to be seated immediately following the invocation.
At the direction of the Vice President at the appointed time, you will rise as a group
for the “Presentation of Candidates for Degree.” You will remain standing as the
President confers the degree. He will direct you to be seated at the conclusion of
this part of the ceremonies.
Immediately after conferring the degrees, the diploma folder will be presented to
each graduate. At the direction of the Vice President from the platform, the Marshalls
at each end of the row will motion for the first row of graduates to stand and follow
the designated path toward the stage until the first graduate reaches the stage area.
Students graduating with the master’s degree will enter the stage as your name is
called and walk to the University representatives who are hooding the candidates.
After being hooded, you will walk to the President who will congratulate you, give
you the diploma folder, and have your picture taken. You should proceed across the
stage and follow the designated path to return to your seat.
Students graduating with the bachelor’s degree and/or associate’s degree will enter
the stage as your name is called and walk to the President who will congratulate you,
give you the diploma folder, and have your picture taken. You should proceed across
the stage and follow the designated path to return to your seat. There will be Marshalls
to direct you to the stage and return you to your seat.
After the degree is conferred and everyone has returned to the seating area, the graduates,
as a group, will change the tassel on their caps from the right side to the LEFT SIDE.
Students graduating with the master’s degree will already be wearing their tassels
on the left side.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will be led from the sanctuary by the
Marshalls, following the faculty. The President will lead the Faculty line-of-march
for both the Processional and Recessional.
The Marshalls will lead the graduates back into the sanctuary following the ceremony
to pose for the graduating class picture.
Actual diplomas and official transcripts will be given to the graduates separate from
the folder given during the ceremony and distributed in the Multipurpose Room by the
Wayland staff after graduates return from taking the group picture in the sanctuary.
If you would like individual pictures taken, Mark McCall Photography will be set up
at 1:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room to take pictures both before and after the ceremony.
Packages, prices, and order forms will be available at his booth. If you have any
questions, you may contact Mark McCall at #806-783-3003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that you may want to leave any personal items with family members as there
will not be a place to secure your belongings in the church.