Guide to the Commencement Exercises

Photo Submission for Online Virtual Ceremonies

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    • at least 300 dpi print resolution
    • preferably wearing the sablay*


What to Wear with the Sablay

[as approved at 1315th BOR Meeting on 2016 February 26]

Click here to view the animated version on how to shift the sablay.


83rd Commencement Exercises, 2022

(due to the pandemic and for other unforeseen circumstances, details below may still be subject to change)

Important Dates

July 28, Thu 9:00 am AM Rehearsal
2:00 pm PM Rehearsal
July 29, Fri 8:30 am Baccalaureate Mass (PAH) and
Ecumenical Service (AVR 1)
3:30 pm Assembly Time
Commencement Exercises

Things to Remember

  1. During rehearsals, please bring your sablay, so you can practice the shifting from the right shoulder to the left.
  2. The dress code is discussed above. Required attire is worn with the UP Sablay.
  3. Each graduating student is allowed one guest who will be provided with a ribbon to be pinned on their chest to identify them. The guests are allotted seats during the commencement exercises.
  4. Graduating students who cannot attend the rehearsal and graduation due to work-related, school-related or health reasons should inform the Office of the University Registrar in writing.
  5. Graduating students are advised to take a heavy meal before the graduation ceremony.
  6. Assembly time for the program is 3:30 PM, 2022 July 29, Friday, in front of the Administration Building.
  7. Processional starts at 4:00 PM.
  8. Once the processional starts, no candidate should break the line to attend to other matters.
  9. To ensure the solemnity of the ceremony and avoid overcrowding, family or friends who wish to take pictures of the graduating student should stay in the designated area.
The Commencement Exercises is a recognition of the accomplishment of the student and of all the people who supported her or him along the way. Graduating students give honor to everyone by respecting the ceremony.