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All staff and faculty are invited to participate in the procession that begins University Convocation. We encourage everyone to wear regalia, but it is optional. Please see the For Faculty page to sign up for the procession and obtain regalia.

When and where to gather

The line up area will be staged at 9:30 a.m. in the lower corridor of the Coliseum.

How to get there

From the tunnel doors, go left up the hallway to the Cougar Lounge. From the coliseum main concourse, take the stairs down to the Cougar Lounge (there is a sign above the entrance to the stairs). The lounge lets onto the lower corridor.

The lounge can be used to change into your regalia; personal belongings can be left there during the ceremony.

The procession

Deans of the colleges will lead the procession. Once on the coliseum floor, they will make their way to the main stage and faculty and staff will file into a section of reserved seating.

If you intend to participate, please RSVP so we can reserve the correct number of seats.

University Mace  

University MaceThe University Mace will lead the faculty/staff processional at University Convocation.

A traditional symbol of authority, the University Mace was created for the inauguration of Samuel H. Smith as the eighth president of WSU in 1986. The mace is traditionally carried by the chair of the Faculty Senate during the procession of faculty members and graduating students at commencement and during the faculty and staff procession at convocation.

The two-foot long, nine-pound scepter, designed by Tim Doebler of WSU's Fine Arts Department, is cast in silver and bronze and features a globe atop a laurel branch. It is wrapped in a silver ribbon and has the inscription, "Washington State University."