Faculty members have the responsibility to work in committees assigned by the appropriate Dean, VPAA, VPRD or the President. The University does make a special effort to exempt its especially junior faculty members from intensive service assignments such as committee work, but often such service may nevertheless be required in order to trigger interdisciplinary connectivity, to enrich the experience/understanding of the breadth of the university activities by the faculty members and to benefit from particular/unique expertise of the faculty members. Attendance at Commencement All professoriate faculty members are expected to be present and take part in the Academic Commencement, unless specifically excused by their Dean. The wearing of appropriate academic regalia is required at such functions.