Class of 2022 Commencement Exercises
Graduate Arrival and Check-In: Check-in for graduates begins at 3:45 p.m. and will be located outside the PMAC on the ground level between the Southwest and Southeast Portals (see map). To ensure you are on the list of names called during the ceremony, you must check in at least 30 minutes before the ceremony.
Graduates will receive a numbered card at check-in. Once checked in, graduates should enter at the Lower Southwest Portal and find their assigned seat as early as possible. At the direction of the University, there will be no student processions this year due to continued public health and safety concerns.
Masks are not required in any venues on the LSU campus.
Live stream links will be available on the day of the ceremony on LSU’s Commencements Live Stream page
There is no limit on the number of guests that may attend, and no tickets will be issued for entry. Guest seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. Guests planning to sit together must enter the venue together, as seats may not be saved due to physical distancing precautions. Once seated, all guests should refrain from moving about the venue for the duration of the ceremony due to physical distancing and health precautions. Accessibility Seating in the PMAC: Accessible seating for guests will be available in the upper level of the arena; an elevator is located on the lower level at the Southeast Portal. All seating for guests with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not needed.
Format and Length of Program
The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Graduates will be seated in physically distanced seats when the program begins and will be invited to walk across the stage when their names are called. Law Center staff will direct graduates through the calling of the roll.
Graduates must bring the card they receive at check-in with them to the stage for the calling of the roll. The card will be scanned when names are called to display the names on the large screens in the PMAC.
Regalia – Academic Hoods and Ceremonial Hooding
The academic hood you received with your regalia signifies an advanced degree and denotes scholarly and professional achievements. By long-standing tradition, academic hoods are not worn until formally placed on the graduate by officials of the university. You should hold your hood at your seat until called to the stage for the calling of the roll and official hooding. During the calling of the roll, graduates should arrive at the stage with their hoods draped neatly over the left arm and then provide the hood to the officials on the stage as they enter. Graduates will be formally hooded once they enter the stage by Assistant Dean of Students Jake Henry and Professor Ray Diamond, 2022 Professor of the Year.