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University Marshal


The role of University marshal is one of high distinction in higher education, playing a central role in Commencement. It is the marshal's duty to ensure that exercise runs smoothly; and during the event, the marshal leads the procession. 


Key Points on Baccalaureate and Commencement from the University Marshal


1. Rehearsal – Attendance is mandatory for Baccalaureate and Commencement rehearsal. The date and time for the 2023 rehearsal is forthcoming.


2. Arrival Times - Please return for more information.


3. Dress Code - Seniors must wear the official cap and gown provided the University. Seniors will only be allowed to wear University-approved honor cords and Greek stoles with the official cap and gown. All senior regalia will be inspected by the Marshals and the dress code will be strictly enforced.


*Contact: Dr. Robert Collins, University Marshal, 504.816.4922 (Phone), (Email)


Dillard University Marshal Dr. Robert Collins and Senior Class President Toiya Smith '21


What's up with the staff?


During Commencement, the marshal carries a mace that symbolizes academic authority and status. The mace is a wooden staff endowed with an ornately designed metal. Other faculty members act as marshals and carry other versions of the mace.


The mace is used at formal academic events. In Dillard's case, that would be Commencement, Founders' Day Convocation, Honors Convocation and presidential inaugurations. When the faculty, administration and staff appear in their regalia, the mace is also present.






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