A system and method for loading a scene graph in a plurality of loads, associates one or more undesignated nodes of a scene graph with an appropriate one of a plurality of loads. The technique is accomplished by traversing the scene graph to detect an undesignated node. Then, it is determined whether the detected node has one or more parent nodes. If so, the one or more parent nodes are examined to determine a load associated with said one or more parent nodes. Where at least one of the parent nodes is associated with the first load, the undesignated node is designated as associated with the first load. If all parent nodes are associated with the same node, the unlabeled node is designated as associated with the parents' load. Where an ambiguity arises, any of several techniques can be utilized to resolve the ambiguity.