The Pledge

RESPECT THE PRIDE – HONOR THE REGALIA

PLAN TO CELEBRATE AND EXPRESS YOUR JOY WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FACULTY ON THE OUTDOOR COMMENCEMENT MAIN STAGE FOLLOWING THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY.

The Graduation Ceremony is a collective time of celebration. While it is your moment; it is not yours alone. Every student and their family will be celebrating as will your professors, staff supporters and the university itself. The ceremony will be Live Streamed and can be seen all over the world. When you walk across the stage, your conduct will reflect on all of us. This is a new day and the university expects that your behavior will match the gravity of the moment.

Respect the Pride and honor the regalia. Graduation is as much about honoring those who helped you along the way as it is about you. Make this a positive, memorable experience for your family and friends. Be prompt and prepared. Arrive at the staging area at the time you are assigned. Arriving well in advance of the ceremony start time with your cap, gown to ensure your admittance to the ceremony. Candidates who are late or without the required regalia will not be allowed inside the wellness center. Remain seated unless instructed otherwise, and stay until the ceremony has ended and the platform party has departed the stadium.

Celebrate after the ceremony. Students under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any controlled substances will not be allowed in the main stage and required to leave. Be reminded that alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, and tobacco are prohibited anywhere on campus, including FMU ceremony. Your friends and family will not get to watch you graduate.

Honor other people’s experiences. For most graduates, the ceremony is the greatest achievement of their lives thus far, and the proudest moment for their friends and family. Be respectful of others and follow directions so everyone can enjoy the ceremony with dignity and honor. Candidates/Graduates unable to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner will be required to leave. Your friends and family will not get to watch you graduate.