• Commencement Information for Faculty

    Faculty/Staff RSVP Process - 2014

    Faculty and staff who will be processing in the Undergraduate or Graduate Commencement ceremonies need to complete the online RSVP form. This is a short form that helps the Commencement planners maximize guest seating for families of graduates.> Please RSVP by March 28, 2014.

    Regalia for Faculty

    Learn aboutAcademic Regaliafor Faculty and Staff members walking in Commencement. Please note the regalia ordering deadlines for faculty and staff:

    • Undergraduate faculty:Friday, March 28, 2014.
    • Graduate faculty:Friday, March 28, 2014

    General Information


    Free parking is available in all Hamline University surface lots and on most area streets. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your call time for the ceremony to account for parking time. The campus map shows the location of parking lots. PLEASE NOTE – Hewitt Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Friday morning.


    Where will the ceremonies take place?The ceremonies are held on Old Main Mall. The Bush Library steps act as the stage, faculty and graduates are seated directly in front of the steps. There is additional seating to either sides of the faculty and graduates. Bleachers are located behind the ground seating.

    How long will the ceremonies last?Each ceremony will last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours.

    Where do I go to line up?For allceremonies (undergraduate and graduate), faculty will be lining upon the lower level ofWalker Fieldhouse. Event staff will be present to assist with lining up and processing.

    What is the Alternate Ceremony Site?The Commencement planners may determine that the Commencement ceremonies may move because of weather or safety issues. All faculty should check the web site or phone lines, regardless of current weather conditions or forecasts. Our alternate site is Hutton Arena. Guest tickets will be in effect for the undergraduate ceremony only. Tickets are not required for the graduate ceremony. Faculty will not be issued tickets for their guests should the ceremonies be moved to thealternate location.Please see the alternate ceremony site link on the left side of the page for more information.


    Do we need general seating tickets? Tickets are NOT requiredfor anyone attending Commencement, except for the accessible seating area. However, tickets ARE required if the undergraduate ceremony is moved into Hutton Arena. Tickets are not necessary for the graduate ceremony regardless of ceremony site.


    What is Baccalaureate? Baccalaureate is a formal religious multi-faith ceremony to bless our graduates as they leave Hamline University. The service is led by multi-faith clergy and will feature faculty, staff and students. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. in the Hamline Church, 1514 Englewood Avenue. Faculty line up begins in the lower level of the church at 8:30 a.m. Academic regalia is required to process.