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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Spring 2020 APDesign Commencement
Saturday, May 16 AT 10:00AM IN MCCAIN AUDITORIUM

Dear Parents and Students:

Please take a look at the information below regarding commencement for the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

Commencement is traditionally held in McCain Auditorium beginning promptly 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

Students need to be at McCain Auditorium no later than 9 a.m. fully dressed and ready to go. During the hour before commencement the photographer will take your headshot and we will get everyone lined up correctly. We will assemble in the Band Room (201 McCain). Please enter McCain from the doors on the south side of the building.

Graduate School commencement is on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. Students may choose to walk in either or both ceremonies. If you intend to participate in the Graduate School Commencement please let your major professor and department head know well in advance.

Commencement rehearsal is at 3:30 on Thursday, May 14. REHEARSAL IS MANDATORY (except for off-campus students). Please be on time. You will pick up your tickets at rehearsal.


Each student attending commencement will receive FOUR tickets together in the orchestra section of McCain Auditorium for commencement. These tickets are free. Any extra tickets we have will be available on a first-come, first served basis and will be given out at rehearsal.  You will pick up your tickets at commencement rehearsal on Thursday.  (If you are unable to attend rehearsal, you will need to make arrangements with Thom Jackson to pick up your tickets.)The balcony in McCain is open seating, so if four tickets are not enough to cover your entire party, people will have the option of sitting in the balcony without tickets. We do not anticipate being too full to accommodate anyone who wants to attend. View McCain seating chart.


Seating & Elevators

McCain Auditorium has a limited number of accessible seats in the orchestra level section. If anyone in your party needs accessible seating, please contact Terri Lee at tllee@ksu.edu and she will help you. McCain Auditorium does NOT have an elevator so any members of your party that can not do stairs need to make arrangements for an orchestra seat. Please note that there is NO will call, so you need to get your tickets to your relatives/friends prior to the ceremony.


Graduation Regalia

If you have any questions about purchasing or renting regalia, please contact the K-State Campus Store at 785-532-6583 or email Rhonda Darrow at 1336mgr@follett.com.

  • Master’s candidates participating in commencement exercises must wear a master’s cap, gown, hood and tassel. Master’s regalia differs from bachelor’s regalia and can be purchased online through the K-State Campus Store.

  • Doctoral candidates and graduate faculty participating in commencement exercises can rent regalia through the K-State Campus Store. Please call or visit the campus store to place your order.

Wearing of Graduation Regalia

Traditionally, graduation regalia is not ornamented. Wearing of corsages, boutonnieres or any other ornamentation is not appropriate to academic protocol.

Tassel should be placed on left side of mortar board.

Mortar board should be worn squarely on top of the head, board parallel to the floor; not cocked to the sides, forward or back. Men should remove mortar boards during the national anthem and during hooding.

  • Master’s candidates: Wear hoods during ceremony. Marshals will be available to assist you with the proper manner to wear a hood.

  • Doctoral and terminal degree candidates: You will carry the hood during the procession and give it to your hooding professor(s) prior to hooding.

Assembly Order

Students should plan to arrive at McCain Auditorium at 9a.m.. Upon arrival, please report to the Band Room located in the back of the Auditorium.  The processional down the rear of the auditorium will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

  • Master’s candidates: You will receive a  name card, which you will present to the commencement reader at the stage.

  • Doctoral candidates: You will receive a  name card, which you will present to the commencement reader at the stage.

Faculty should plan to arrive at McCain no later than 9:30 a.m. there is reserved seating for all faculty on stage and in the front two rows of the auditorium 

  • Platform party faculty: Report to the band room in the rear of McCain Auditorium for line up by 9:30 a.m.

Commencement Reader(s)

The commencement reader(s) will be available prior to the ceremony, back stage of McCain at 9 a.m.. if you would like to meet with them regarding the pronunciation of your name.

Personal Items

There will be no checking area for personal items and items cannot be carried onto the stage during the procession. Please leave all personal items (purse, camera, clothes, etc.) at home, in your car or with friends or family.


Professional photographers will take a head shot photo beginning at 9am in the east end hallway of McCain, they will later take a photo of the presentation of your diploma cover as a service to you and your family. This optional souvenir photo is available for purchase with no obligation on your part. Digital proofs will be emailed to the address entered during the online commencement registration. Hard copy proofs will be mailed five to seven days after the ceremony. For more information, please contact:

Phone: 800.261.2576

To view and order photographs, please visit the following website:

General Information for Guests

All ceremonies at McCain are open to the public and require a ticket for the orchestra section only, the balcony is open seating and does not require a ticket. As stated above, each student will receive four (4) tickets together in the orchestra section of the auditorium.  Lobby doors at McCain  open at 9am. We ask that all guests be seated no later than 9:45 a.m.. to assure a smooth start of the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.


Parking is available in the K-State parking garage and in the lower McCain lot. Limited handicap parking is available in the Goldstein circle in front of McCain Auditorium.


FM listening devices are available for use in McCain. Please contact the administrative office at 785-532-6425 to reserve the use of this equipment. Deposit of a driver’s license or credit card is required.

Arrangements for sign language interpreters should be made through Student Access Center by calling 785-532-6441 or emailing accesscenter@ksu.edu.


The link below goes to the 2017 Commencement for APDesign so that you may know what to expect.