One of the biggest highlights of commencement is being recognized by the platform party as your name is read aloud as you walk across the stage. The Commencement Name-Scanning Card provides two functions, providing your name information for the reader as well as for projecting your name onto large screens located in the stadium. Your name will be pre-printed on the card.
Due to the importance of this card, please do not mutilate, fold, or damage this card in any way. Avoid contact with the QR code that is printed on the card.
Doctoral degree candidates should complete the front and back of the card, as well as type or carefully print the name of the faculty escort. Do not put a title in front of the escort's name.
Your name as it appears on the Name-Scanning Card will be read over the public address system in the stadium. Therefore, in many cases, an indication of how to pronounce the graduate and escort names (if applicable for doctoral students) should be included.
With names such as Katherine Stoneham or John Robinson, for example, there is no need to provide pronunciation help on the name card if the names are to be pronounced as a native American English speaker would normally pronounce them.
With a name that varies in any way from the norm, in either pronunciation or spelling, the card must include how-to-say-it guidance. For example, if the name is Katherine Stoneham but the pronunciation is kat-uh-REE-nuh STOW-nuh-hahm, then pronunciation guidance should be noted on the name card.