Information for Graduates

For information on Keystone College's Commencement ceremony the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, please read below.

Commencement Decorum

2015 GraduatesWhile recognizing that Commencement is a celebration for our graduates, it is important for students to remember that it is also a formal academic ceremony to be conducted with dignity and decorum.  Graduates are asked to celebrate their accomplishments in a way that does not disrupt the ceremony. Courtesy also requires that graduates remain in their seats during the ceremony until instructed to move to the stage area.  Cell phones/smart phones should be turned off during the ceremony.


Students often inquire about acceptable attire for Commencement exercises.  Following please find a list of suggested attire:

Men should arrive in dress shirts, dark ties, dark dress pants, dark socks, and dark shoes.

Women should arrive in dresses, slacks or pantsuits and dark shoes with low heels. No flowers or decorations may be worn or carried. Also, bring bobby pins to secure your mortarboard (cap).

Women may wear their academic caps throughout the ceremony.  Men should remove their caps for the invocation, National Anthem, and benediction.

Invitations (Announcements)

Formal invitations (announcements) will be issued by Keystone College for families and friends of graduates at Grad Finale. If the graduating student does not attend Grad Finale, he/she is responsible to pick up the invitations at the College's Campus Shoppe no later than April 29, 2016.

With seating for 7,000 available, tickets are not required for Commencement at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

Pavilion and Parking Map

Please click here for a Pavilion and parking map. 

Graduate Reporting Information 

All graduates should arrive at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain no later than 9:30 a.m. on Commencement day. 

Following is a timeline for graduates:

9:30 a.m.

Graduate Check-In: Proceed down the hill and behind the stage to the tent located backstage and adjacent to the Pavilion where you will receive a numbered place card. Honors cords will be distributed to eligible graduates at this time and grads will be directed to a robing and line-up tent.

10:15 a.m.

Line up: Graduates and faculty report to the large tent located backstage and adjacent to check-in. All individuals should take their place in line as directed by Assistant Marshals. 

Students will line-up numerically and alphabetically by division:

School of Professional Studies

  • Master of Education (alpha order)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy (alpha order)
  • Master of Science in Sport Leadership
    Management (alpha order)
  • Bachelor of Science (alpha by program)
  • Associate of Science Degree (alpha by program)
  • Associate of Applied Science (alpha by program)
  • Certificates

School of Arts and Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts (alpha by program)
  • Bachelor of Science (alpha by program)
  • Associate of Arts (alpha by program) 
  • Associate of Science (alpha by program) 
  • Associate of Fine Arts (alpha by program)
  • Associate of Applied Science (alpha by program)
  • Certificates
10:45 a.m.

Academic procession 

11 a.m.

Commencement exercises begin


At the conclusion of the Commencement exercises, the stage party, followed by trustees, faculty, administrators, and staff, will recess at the direction of the marshals, forming a double line from the Pavilion toward the entrance gates.  On direction, graduates will march by twos between the double line of trustees, faculty, administrators, and staff, breaking formation at the end of the double line. Please wait for your graduate to emerge from the double line.


A photographer from Grad Images will take a candid photograph of graduates as they receive their diploma and a posed photo. Grads will receive a free passport sized digital proof of these photos within 5-7 days following Commencement. Since professional photography will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax, and enjoy the ceremony.