Name-Scanning Card

The university strives to make sure each name called during commencement is pronounced correctly. If you believe the name reader may have difficulty with your name's pronunciation or the name of your escort, please provide how-to-say-it guidance on the name-scanning card.

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.

  1. Please complete the front and back of the name scanning card received with your regalia from the bookstore before arriving at the stadium. You will retain this card until you are ready to be individually recognized on the platform during the ceremony.
  2. When you reach the platform, a marshal will take your card, scan your name into a computer, and then pass your card to a name reader who announces your name on the public address system.
  3. When it is time for your name to be called, you will be directed to begin walking across the stage.

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.


Name Pronunciation

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.

When Pronunciation Guidance
Is Not Needed

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.

When Pronunciation Guidance Is Needed

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.

Examples For Providing
Pronunciation Guidance

  • Treise Bettelheim (trees BAY-tull-hime)
  • Pandit Rathmasuthragandi (PAHN-deet rath-muh-sooth-ruh-GAHN-dee)
  • Tchien Tang (she-YEN TAHNG)
  • Ravi Patel (RAH-vee pah-TELL)
  • Myrstslv Yvtushnko (meer-ISS-ta-slahv iv-too-SHIN-kow)