Date and Location
EVMS’ Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Norfolk Scope, located at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue in downtown Norfolk between St. Paul’s Boulevard and Monticello Avenue.
Rehearsal: Graduates should park in the underground garage below the Scope (marked 11 on this map). Parking is free for graduates on Rehearsal Day only. Graduates must write EVMS on the back of your ticket upon exiting the garage.
Commencement: Please be prepared to pay for parking on the day of Commencement. Graduates should park in the underground garage below the Scope (marked 11 on this map). Additional parking is available in the Brambleton lot across St. Paul’s Blvd. from the Scope. Parking is a flat fee of $5 (cash only).
The City of Norfolk also provides abundant parking near Norfolk Scope. View parking map.
There are no tickets for graduation. General admission seating is available to all on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors for general admission will open at 8:45 a.m. Families and guests will not be allowed to enter Norfolk Scope before that time. “Seat saving” will not be allowed. All who attend EVMS Commencement are asked to demonstrate the civility and decorum expected at a graduation ceremony.
Please be reminded that no babysitting services are provided. Parents and guests with children will be encouraged to leave immediately if their children become disruptive at any time during the ceremony. We thank you for respecting those in attendance.
Rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at the Norfolk Scope. Graduates should arrive at 9:30 am for check in. Attendance at the rehearsal is required for all graduates.
Graduates will receive their academic regalia and are responsible for bringing their regalia to the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday.
Graduates will participate in a rehearsal and receive further instructions about the Commencement Ceremony.
After the rehearsal, there will be an opportunity for graduates to provide the correct pronunciation of their names to the linguist.
Graduates will also have the opportunity to make arrangements to retain their regalia for an extended period of time, if desired. (See Regalia below.)
Regalia & Attire
On Commencement day (Saturday, May 18, 2013), all graduates must check in at Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall by 8:30 a.m. Exhibition Hall doors will open for graduates only beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt and tie with dark pants (no jeans) and appropriate footwear (no athletic footwear). Ladies must wear dark low-heeled footwear and avoid wearing conspicuous jewelry outside their regalia. If you do not wear appropriate attire, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Staff will be available to assist graduates in donning their regalia. Caps should be worn so that the mortarboard is parallel with the ground, not on the back of the wearer’s head. Tassels should be placed to the left side of the cap. Your hood will be draped over your left arm. Only official EVMS regalia may be worn and no adornments are permitted on the regalia or the caps or mortarboards.
Please wear your regalia at all times. Men only are requested to remove their caps for the National Anthem.
*Note: If you would like to keep your regalia temporarily for the purpose of picture taking, you may make arrangements at rehearsal on Friday or after the Ceremony on Saturday. Graduates wanting to keep regalia must provide a credit card number. Regalia must be returned by Friday, May 24, 2013. Failure to return regalia will result in a $500 charge.
Cords & Other Embellishments
Graduates are permitted to wear a single national honor society cord with their academic regalia, if it was identified, presented or provided by the program, was earned or awarded while at EVMS, and is approved by the marshals for wear at the graduation Ceremony. The approved cord may be worn with the graduate’s academic regalia with hood presented on stage worn over the cord. No other embellishments to the cap, gown, tassel or hood shall be permitted.
Marshals and staff will line up the graduates in proper order for the Processional. The line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp. You may not carry anything with you during the processional except for your hood; and for your convenience, graduation programs will be on your seat.
Please remain standing for the duration of the Processional and the National Anthem. ONLY gentlemen should remove their caps for the National Anthem. Graduates should wear their caps at ALL other times during the ceremony.
After the guest speaker’s address, the conferral of earned degrees will begin. As instructed, the candidates should rise one row at a time and proceed to the aisle on the right-hand side of the Scope. The name of each candidate will be read in turn. As the candidate’s name is read, the candidate will ascend the stairs to stage and cross to the other side.
You will accept your diploma covers from the President/Dean (M.D. graduates) or your Program Director (all other degrees). All graduates will shake hands with the President/Dean. You will then proceed to the Associate Deans who will place the hood over your head. Please turn and face the audience and remove your cap in order to facilitate the placement of the hood.
As you are leaving the stage, please pause briefly at the bottom of the stairs for the photographer, who will take your picture. You will then return to your seat.
Dr. Flenner will then ask all physicians in attendance and the newly graduated physicians to rise and join him in reciting the Hippocratic Oath in unison.
Dr. Parish will then ask all physician assistants in attendance and the newly graduated physician assistants to rise and join him in reciting the Master of Physician Assistant Oath in unison.
Following the Physician Assistant Oath, the Chief Marshal will lead the graduates out of the arena. All graduates must remain at their seats until they have been instructed by the Marshals to exit.
Graduates who complete their degree requirements by Friday, May 17, 2013 will collect their live diploma certificates in the Exhibition Hall after the Ceremony. All others must pick up their diplomas from the Office of the Registrar after they have completed their degree requirements. Please contact the Registrar for more information.
Class photos will also be taken by program in the Exhibition Hall after the ceremony. Programs will be called, one at a time; please wait at your table until your program is called. Do not depart until your picture has been taken. Individual photographs taken of each graduate during the Ceremony, as well as your class photos, will be available for downloading for free at www.flickr.com/photos/evms.
Graduates should return the academic regalia to the program table before leaving the Exhibition Hall. Staff will be waiting to assist the graduates in collecting regalia.
Graduates also have the option to retain their regalia only if they have made prior arrangements at Rehearsal or provided a credit card after the Ceremony. A charge of $500 (the cost of purchasing it) will occur if the regalia is not returned by Friday, May 24, 2013.