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What to Expect on Commencement Day

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

Please note that we have changed our academic attire. All degree candidates must be wearing Adelphi’s new brown academic robes. You should have your robe, your cap and tassel, and your hood (no hoods for Associates degree candidates). Bring the yellow card provided by Chappell Studios that you received when you picked up your cap and gown.

Parents, family, and friends of the candidates should plan to arrive at Nassau Coliseum by 8:00 a.m. Parking is free, but allow time for traffic congestion. Traffic to enter the coliseum will be slow, so please give yourself enough time. Take note of where you are parked, and plan a place to meet outside the coliseum with your group after the ceremony.

The Coliseum takes precautionary measures to insure the safety of the public. NO backpacks or large bags will be permitted in the facility. Coliseum Security staff may visually inspect purses and small bags of any of the attendees.

Candidates for graduation wearing Adelphi’s brown academic robes enter the Coliseum through Gate 5. No tickets are needed for students and faculty in academic attire. Faculty and students proceed down the escalators to the lower level, turn right, and right again into the Expo Center to gather with their academic units and line up for the processional.

Entry to the Lower Level of the Coliseum is restricted to the candidates for graduation, faculty, and platform party. Family members and guests with tickets enter through Gates 7-10 after 8:00 am, and should proceed to the seating area in the Coliseum Arena.

Make sure you have a yellow photographer’s card filled out. You will hand this to the announcer on stage who will announce your name, and the contact information will be used by Chappell Studios to send you your proofs. A purchase may be made if you wish, but the final selection of photographs is an individual choice. If you forgot to bring your card, there will be blanks available in the Expo Center at the Coliseum.

Note that the card permits a phonetic spelling of your name. It is suggested that you use this option to simplify and insure the accuracy of the pronunciation of your name. PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY so that our hard-working announcers, Professor Maggie Lally and Professor Brian Rose, can read your name and pronounce it properly.

Robing - please click here for the link to the video “Preparing for your Graduation Ceremony.” The video discusses the ceremony guidelines and shows you how to wear your academic attire. If you have a question once you arrive at the Expo Center, simply ask an usher or marshal – they will be wearing black robes.



9:00 am Processional begins
Student Processional
Candidates for graduation process according to school, and within each school, by degrees. Each academic unit is led by a faculty marshal, carrying the banner of that school. The members of the faculty of Adelphi University follow. The candidates for Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies process first, followed by the candidates for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degree. The schools process in order of their founding dates:

College of Arts & Sciences
School of Nursing
School of Social Work
University Libraries (faculty only)
Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
School of Business
University College
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
Procession of the Class of 1959
Platform Party Procession
Greetings from President Scott
National Anthem
Greetings from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Greetings from the Chair of the Faculty Senate
Greetings from the President of the Class of 2009
Greetings from the 2009 Graduate Student Representative
Conferring of Honorary Degrees
Keynote Speech
Recognition of the Class of 1959
Presentation of Alumni Award
Conferring of Degrees
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
  • School of Business
  • University College
  • Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
Alma Mater

Please remind your guests to stay for the entire ceremony. The last graduate is just as important as the first.

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