Graduate & Center for Professional Advancement Graduates

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.


Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

Academic Regalia, Invitations and Announcements

All degree candidates participating in the Commencement ceremony are expected to wear appropriate academic regalia. All degree candidates at Pfeiffer University wear caps, gowns, and the appropriate hood for the degree earned. In addition, students may wear honor cords or medallions if they are associated with Pfeiffer authorized student or academic organizations.

All degree candidates are able to purchase invitations to the Commencement ceremony and announcements of degree awarded. Regalia, invitations, and announcements are available for purchase online at Please plan ahead to ensure timely delivery of these items. NOTE: The last day for ordering is July 10, 2017.

Arrival, Assembly and Line Up

Check-in is promptly at 11:30 a.m. in Conference Room B on the first floor (see below). Guests will be directed upstairs to the east doors of the sanctuary on the second floor. Elevators are available. Guests are not permitted in the assembly rooms with students.


Wear appropriate academic regalia.

  • Baccaulerate students: Wear your tassel on the right; move it to the left after you exit the stage.
  • Graduate students: Carry your hood across your left arm and wear your tassel on the left.

Wear comfortable dress shoes since you will be standing for a good portion of the ceremony. Jackets, purses, and personal items should be left with your guests since there is no secure area for storage. Cell phones should be turned off.

During the assembly process, staff and marshals will organize the student line up in alphabetical order within their degree. Lines will be formed for the processional by 12:30 p.m.

Marshals will lead you out of the assembly area at 12:45 pm and into the sanctuary. You will be directed to assigned student seating (see below) and you should remain standing until directed to be seated.

The Processional & Conferring of Degrees

Commencement marshals will escort graduates from the conference rooms B-C to the west entrance and will enter the sanctuary promptly at 1:00 pm. We cannot place students in line after the procession begins, please be sure to arrive on time.


The procession will form in the following order and remain standing until after the invocation:

  • Candidates for the baccalaureate degrees
  • Candidates for the graduate degrees
  • Deans and Program Directors
  • University Faculty by rank
  • Platform Party

Graduates will remain seated until escorted under the direction of the marshals. When approaching the stage, graduates will :

  • Hand your name card to the person announcing graduates.
  • Proceed to the left side of the stage and walk across to receive your diploma cover from the President and shake hands (Note: an official photograph will be taken at this point).
  • Exit the platform on the right side, shake hands with the Dean, and return to your seat as directed by the marshals.

Diplomas will be mailed to your home addresses approximately 4-6 weeks after your degree is conferred by the Registrar’s Office. You can order an official transcript at as proof of graduation until your diploma arrives.

The Recessional and Celebration Reception

After singing the Alma Mater and praying the benediction, the platform party will exit first, followed by the faculty, and then the graduates. The marshals will provide direction to graduates. Graduates should plan to meet family and guests in the reception area on the first floor, conference rooms B-D, to join with Pfeiffer faculty and staff to celebrate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to be issued tickets for my guests to attend the ceremony?

A. No. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis for the commencement ceremony.


Q. What should I wear to commencement?

A. While you will be wearing a cap and gown over your outfit, it is suggested that you wear business attire and dress shoes that are comfortable and easy to stand/walk in.


Q. Will I receive my diploma when I cross the stage?

A. No. You will receive a diploma cover when you cross the stage. Your diploma will be mailed to your home address after your degree has been conferred. Graduates who completed their degree requirements in December or May should have already received their diplomas.


Q. How will I know where to sit during the ceremony?

A. When you arrive, you will be given a card with your name and your position in the line for the processional. You will be escorted into the sanctuary by student marshals; just follow the person in front of you. As you approach the student marshal, listen to his/her directions and follow them.


Q. Where do I put my keys, cell phone, purse, etc.?

A. Do not bring anything with you that cannot be put in your pockets as there is no secure area in the assembly rooms. All cell phones should be turned off.


Q. May I participate in the commencement exercises if I have not completed all program and degree requirements?

A. No. Only degree candidates who have completed all curriculum requirements and have cleared all financial obligations to the University may participate in the ceremony. There will be no exceptions.