Main Ceremony

Main Ceremony

Summer Commencement
Friday, August 4th, 2017

LSU’s main commencement ceremony is the culmination of a student’s years of study at LSU. No graduate should miss this milestone, which is the last time that the entire graduating class gathers as one to celebrate the end of their time at LSU and the beginning of their lives as LSU alumni.

Bag checks will be performed at the guest entrances of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) and the Maddox Fieldhouse. This is not the clear bag policy that is enforced for athetlic events. 

Schedule of Activities

For more information on the Spring Diploma Ceremonies please visit: Diploma Ceremonies
Main Ceremony
Location: Maravich Assembly Center

7:30 a.m.

Doctoral Candidates and their major professors assemble at the northwest portal

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Seating of all the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Candidates.

Check in: Assembly Center - college locations at the northeast, southeast, or southwest portas. Arrive no later than 8:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.


  • Mace Bearer
  • Faculty
  • University Medalists
  • Doctoral Candidates and Major Professor
  • Platform Party

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Graduation Ceremony • Dr. F. King Alexander

The main ceremony will begin when the platform party is on stage (at approximately 8:00 a.m.) and lasts about one and one-half hours. All graduates and their guests are asked to remain throughout the entire ceremony. There will be no rehearsal, and there is no limit in attendance for the ceremony.


Louisiana State University does not conduct a Main Ceremony in December. All degrees are conferred at the diploma ceremonies. Please refer to the Diploma Ceremony page for the schedule of activities.

Please Note

We want you to enjoy this significant milestone in your life, but we also want the rights and safety of others respected. Therefore, alcoholic beverages and compressed air noise makers will not be allowed on the Assembly Center floor or at the Diploma Ceremonies.