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Student and faculty members at a commencement ceremony

Faculty & Staff Information

Faculty & Staff Regalia Orders

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If you plan to participate in Commencement as a faculty or staff member please contact your college’s Commencement Coordinator (see list below) by Friday, March 15, 2024, to inform them that you are planning on attending and/or to order regalia. Shipping and handling for late orders costs more than the gown rental, therefore no late orders will be accepted.  Your college’s Commencement Coordinator will verify that your regalia information is accurate. Faculty and staff who have never ordered regalia will be asked for information such as height, university attended and degree earned.

Presidential Party

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If you are participating as part of the Presidential Party (Speaker, Adjutant, Marshal, Mace Bearer), you are welcome to join members of the Presidential Party in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Ewigleben Sports Arena.

Please contact your college's Commencement Coordinator (see list below) to order your regalia.

Duties of the Presidential PArty

A detailed instruction sheet will be sent to each volunteer via email. A rehearsal will also take place prior to Commencement. Each ceremony has one Adjutant, two Marshals and one Mace Bearer.


The Adjutant serves as the Commencement Moderator and is the University official who reads each graduate's name prior to crossing the stage. Before each graduate crosses the stage they will hand the Adjutant a card that includes their name and if needed, a phonetic spelling of their name.


The Marshals are responsible for leading the graduates and faculty into Wink Arena and seating them in the appropriate seats.

Mace Bearer

The Mace Bearer will carry the mace and lead the Presidential Party into Wink Arena and onto the stage.

Day of the Ceremony

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If you are planning to participate in a commencement ceremony as a faculty member please report to the Multipurpose Room, located in the Ewigleben Sports Complex no later than half an hour prior to the start of the ceremony. There will be signs posted to help direct you. You will receive further instructions at that time.

If you have rented regalia, please make sure that you return your cap and gown to your college's Commencement Coordinator after the ceremony.

Commencement Coordinators

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Arts, Sciences & Education

Kelley Tollenaar

(231) 591-2740
[email protected]
ASC 3052


COB Dean's Office

(231) 591-2420
[email protected]

Community College Leadership

Ann Klein

(231) 591-2710
[email protected]
PRK 120

Engineering Technology

Denise MacFarlane

(231) 591-2895
[email protected]

General Studies

Shelly VandePanne

(231) 591-2360
[email protected]
ASC 1017

Health Professions

HP Dean's Office

(231) 591-2270
[email protected]


Denise Mondor

(616) 259-1265
[email protected]


Michelle Balliet

(231) 591-3706
[email protected]
MCO 236


Karen Ottobre

(231) 591-2252
[email protected]
PHR 201