Faculty may serve in the following roles (a single role per ceremony):
- Marshal: we ask each college to fulfill a specific requirement of faculty participation to assist in the line-up area, diploma distribution process and the graduate recession based on the expected attendance for each ceremony.
- Meeting: Faculty marshals are asked to attend one of the marshal orientation meetings, to be scheduled in April, to review their role and responsibilities. This meeting is most important and helpful to those serving in the role for the first time.
- Procession: faculty who do not wish to serve in the role of Marshal, but are interested in participating in the ceremony, may do so as a member of the Faculty Procession. Participation in the procession does not fulfill the marshal rotation requirement.
- Hooder: faculty serving as an advisor to PhD candidates (August 2012, January and May 2013 only) will be invited by the Commencement Office to “hood” their candidate(s) at a separate hooding ceremony. This role does not fulfill the marshal rotation requirement.
Regalia will be available to those who submitted their information by the deadline. You can pick your regalia up according to the following schedule:
Cabot Center/Solomon Court
Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please contact your college if you are interested in serving as a Marshal or in participating in the Faculty Procession. PhD Advisers may contact the Commencement Office with inquiries at
617.373.4098 or by emailing Christina Sullivan.