Ceremony Information

Ceremony Information

Ceremony Location and Time

LSUA holds commencement ceremonies at the end of both Fall and Spring semesters. Below are the dates and times of the ceremonies.

Fall 2017
Location: Alexandria Riverfront Convention Center
Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. (Graduates should report by 9:00 a.m. for line up)

Spring 2018
Location: TBA
Date: May 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. (Graduates should report by 9:00 a.m. for line up)

Ceremony Instructions

Graduates should arrive by 9:00 a.m. dressed in cap and gown.

Graduates only should meet in a designated area on the second floor to line-up for the processional.  LSUA personnel will be available to provide specific directions to the designated area.

LSUA employees will ensure that students are lined up in the correct order in single file for the processional.  This is subject to change depending upon students meeting graduation requirements.

Please do not bring any personal items with you as we are not able to store those for you and we are not responsible if they are lost or damage.   Cell phones are not allowed during the ceremony.  

Processional (Order to the Stage)

The start of the ceremony is signified by the graduate processional. Graduates will proceed to the reserved area directly in front of the platform and remain standing. Seating will be reserved for graduates only.  All seats should be filled before moving to the next row. An LSUA employee will be positioned at the beginning and end of each row to assist in seating.

Faculty will then process in, following the graduates, to the appropriate seating area, on both sides of the stage. 

The platform party which includes special guests and department chairs is led by Chancellor Guiyou Huang and will process in double file to the stage after faculty processional. The platform party will ascend the steps and stand in front of their designated seats, except Dr. Huang who will move to the center lectern.

Awarding of Diplomas

At the appropriate time in the ceremony, Dr. Huang will announce the recipients of the Chancellor's Award.

Dr. Barbara Hatfield will recognize students graduating with latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude)

Dr. Hatfield will then ask the associate degree candidates to stand for conferring of the degrees.  After associate degrees are conferred and the candidates are seated, Dr. Hatfield will ask the baccalaureate degree candidates to stand for conferring of the degrees.  They will then be seated. 

Graduates will then be presented their diploma cover.  An LSUA employee will lead the graduates to the appropriate area to ascend the stage.  At the appropriate time as the row of graduates shortens, an LSUA employee will lead the next row to the appropriate area until all diplomas have been awarded.


Following the benediction, as the recessional plays, Dr. Huang will lead the procession out followed by the platform party and the faculty.  Graduates will exit in the same order as they entered (led by the first graduate). 

Diploma Pick Up

Graduates will pick up their diplomas at a designated area. A staff member will direct graduates to the appropriate location.  The tables will be set up in alphabetical order according to last name.  Graduates will not receive their diploma on stage