Commencement Day Instructions

May 10, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
Bismarck Event Center
315 South 5th Street
Bismarck ND  58503
  • Ceremony will run approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  • There will be no commencement rehearsal.
  • Do not bring valuables such as purses, cameras, coats or cell phones into the Event Center.  There will be no security to protect these items.
  • Gowns should be wrinkle free.
  • No flowers or other decorations should be worn on gowns.
  • Black or dark shoes are appropriate, if you have them.
  • Cell phones should not be used during the ceremony.
Arrival and Check-In

  • Graduates begin arriving at 1:00 pm, and should arrive no later than 1:30 pm, to allow time for parking and entrance into the Event Center.
  • Parking is free in all lots except for Parking Lot B.  Parking/Entrance Map 
  • Graduates only, enter through door A5 (East side of the Event Center.  A5 is the only door that will allow you to reach the east hallway for check-in and line-up.
  • Attendants will direct you to the Graduate Check-In Room where you will collect your reader card.  This card will be used to announce your name during the ceremony as you cross the stage.
  • Card readers will be available to work with you on the correct pronunciation of your name.

  • After obtaining your reader card, attendants will direct you to the east hallway where you will:
    • If a Legacy graduate, pick up your legacy cord at the hallway table.
    • Proceed to line-up according to the degree you are earning.  If you are receiving multiple degrees, you may choose the degree group you want to march in with.  Large signs will be posted on the wall by degree (i.e. Bachelor of Applied Science, Associate in Arts etc.) indicating where each graduate should line-up.
    • A hallway liner attendant will be present at each degree location to assist with line-up.

  • Stage Party will lead the Processional.
  • Your hallway liner attendant will lead you to arena entrance. (Graduate Processional Map)
  • From the entrance, Faculty Marshals will lead the processional and will direct you to a specific row.
    • Remember to walk slowly and in line with the graduate you are paired with. Leave at least an arms-length of space between you and the graduates in line in front of you.
    • Move all the way to the end of the row and fill every seat.
  • Once you reach your seat, remain standing, facing the audience until asked to take your seat.
Receiving Your Diploma

When it is time to cross the stage, Dr. Leingang will say, “I present the 2019 graduating class at Bismarck State College”. (Receiving Diploma Map)
  • The student speaker will stand and move to the north end of the stage.
  • Wind ensemble graduates will rise, and a Faculty Marshal will escort them to the stage.
  • The entire first row of graduates, when prompted by the Faculty Marshal, will rise and proceed behind the curtain to the stage.  Remember to bring your reader card with you.
  • Once behind the curtain, attendants will direct you to proceed up the ramp to the reader podium.
  • Hand your reader card to the reader assistant at the podium.
  • After your name is read, cross the stage.
  • You will be greeted and given your diploma by President Skogen. 
  • Receive your diploma with your left hand, and shake with your right.  Pause to smile for the camera.
  • Continue across the stage shaking hands with the other dignitaries.
  • Proceed carefully down the stairs. 
  • Attendants will direct you to the photographer where your picture will be taken with a diploma cover.
  • A representative from the BSC National Alumni Association will be waiting to greet you and present you with a small token.
  • Attendants will direct you to the curtain and back to your seat.  You may be seated.
  • There will not be a recessional. After closing remarks, family members and guests are welcome to meet you on the main arena floor for pictures.
Choir and Band Graduates

Choir graduates:
  • Follow the Arrival, Check-in, Lineup and Processional instructions provided above.
  • Join the choir after the student speaker is finished and return to your seats with the rest of the graduates after your performance.
  • Follow the Receiving Your Diploma instructions provided above.
Wind Ensemble graduates:
  • Follow the Arrival and Check-in instructions provided above.
  • If a Legacy graduate, pick up your legacy cord at the hallway table.
  • Proceed to the band area using the east hallway.  (Do not cut across the arena floor.)
  • During degree awarding portion of the ceremony, Ensemble members will be escorted to the stage by a Faculty Marshal.
  • After crossing the stage, Ensemble members will return to their seat with the Ensemble.
Social Media

Graduates, share your commencement photos and posts by using the hashtag #2019BSCgrad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.