"Graduation" is the academic process of completing your degree to receive your diploma.
"Commencement" is the ceremony to celebrate the completion of your degree - to now
commence/begin the next chapter in your 'life-long' learning.
"Degree Conferral Ceremony" is the ceremony at which the university verbally confers your degree (pending completion of your degree requirements).
"Individual Recognition" is the chance to have each graduate's
name read as you cross the stage and be recognized by the audience.
"Regalia" is the proper term for your distinctive academic clothing/robes (informally called 'cap & gown') which is worn to signify your degree.
All graduates are required to wear appropriate regalia during your commencement ceremonies.
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