The merriment began before the ceremony started as iSchool graduates assembled in the hallway outside the amphitheater at the AT&T Conference Center on May 17.
The order of the procession would be alphabetical, one of the organizers announced.
"We have to alphabetize ourselves?" a student responded with mock incredulity.
Amid peals of laughter and the strains of the bagpipe - a convocation tradition upheld for many years by piper Wade Harper - graduates made last minute adjustments to each other's stoles and tassels. It was time.