Ceremony Protocol

Additional Fall Commencement information will be posted soon. Please check back later. 

Standard Protocol

PROTOCOL: Commencement is a significant moment for graduates. It marks a pinnacle of achievement. Albany State University celebrates the occasion with formal pomp and circumstance. To ensure the dignity and solemnity of this occasion, please be mindful of the following:

  • ASU’s Code of Conduct applies at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Use of alcohol and/or controlled substances is prohibited.
  • No food or drink will be permitted in the line-up area.
  • Guests should arrive in time to be seated on the upper level of the arena before the procession begins, preferably one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the ceremony.
  • Late guests will not be allowed to enter the upper level of the arena during the procession. Late arrivals will be able to enter at appropriate intervals during the ceremony.
  • Guest seating is first-come, first-seated. All seating must follow social distancing guidelines in effect at the time of the ceremony and as identified by the Albany Civic Center. 
  • Mute/Silence cell phones, pagers and similar devices during the ceremony.
  • Please refrain from using noise-makers or shouting while degrees are being presented on the stage.
  • Any bags, including purses, brought inside the arena may be searched by campus police. To avoid delays, guests are urged not to enter the arena with bags.

PROCESSION: Additional Fall Commencement information will be posted soon. Please check back later. 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES: The Dean of each college will present the candidates for the various degrees to the President. The President will deliver the conferral remarks. The candidates for the various degrees will then be asked to approach the stage for presentation.


  • Ascend the ramp on the right hand side of the stage
  • Hand the name card to the reader
  • Wait for your name and academic honor, if applicable, to be spoken
  • Walk across the stage to be greeted by the President
  • Receive the ASU medallion and diploma cover from the President. 
  • Have your picture taken
  • Descend the ramp on the left side of the stage
  • Have your picture taken
  • Return to your seat and remain standing until all graduates in your college or school have received their diploma and returned to their seat.

DISTRIBUTION OF DIPLOMAS: Diplomas will not be distributed during the ceremony. You will receive your diploma cover during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on your application for graduation after final confirmation of degree completion. Please allow approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks after the date of commencement for receipt of your diploma. Transcripts with degree awarded will be available approximately two weeks after commencement.

CONCLUSION OF CEREMONY: After the Alma Mater, the platform party will lead the recessional, followed by the graduates. Guests should remain standing until the recessional is complete. Guests who exit the arena before the recessional will be directed outside to avoid congestion in the halls and on the stairs. Graduates may want to designate a post-ceremony location to meet your family and guests.