Name Card

You will receive your name card (about the size of a postcard) at the bookstore when you pick up your regalia. Fill it out and bring it with you to your doctoral ceremony or your college recognition ceremony.

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 Name Card provides your name information for individual recognition.

Please complete the front and back of the name scanning card received with your regalia from the bookstore before arriving at your venue. You will retain this card until you are ready to be individually recognized during the ceremony.


Name Pronunciation

Your name as it appears on the Name-Scanning Card will be read over the public address system at the ceremony. Therefore, in many cases, an indication of how to pronounce the graduate names 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)