May 2015 Schedule of Events

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Ceremony for graduating ROTC cadets to receive their commission.
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Milne Hall Room 200 - Downtown


LGBTQ - Lavender Graduation
Ceremony & reception honoring the achievements of graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally students.  Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Candidates will be honored.
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Ballroom
Duration: 1.5 hours with reception to follow
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University-wide Graduate Ceremony
Ceremony to formally confer Master's, Certificate & Doctoral degrees.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Indoors at the SEFCU

Tickets are NOT required for guests.

Duration: approximately 2 hours 15 minutes. 
Master's & Doctoral candidates will be recognized individually as they each cross the stage to receive a certificate of participation.  Graduate students should report by 8:15 a.m. to the gym in the Physical Education building for assembly.


Family Picnic
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Location: Dutch Quad Commons
Open to all graduates, families and friends. Various foods and beverages will be served, including vegetarian options.  The picnic will be held rain or shine. There is no charge for the picnic.  
Sponsored by U.A.S., SODEXO, the Alumni Association and University Development.


Commencement Mass
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Assembly Hall


Torch Night & Fireworks Display
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

Location: Academic Podium
This moving ceremony invites guests to witness the transition from student to alumni and a passing of the torch of knowledge as seniors are symbolically welcomed into the Alumni Association.


University-wide Undergraduate Ceremony
Ceremony to formally confer all Bachelor's degrees.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Entry Plaza Lawn at the top of Collins Circle

Tickets are Not required for guests.
Duration is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
This ceremony will occur outdoors, rain or shine, please dress appropriately.  Students should report for assembly at 9:00 a.m. to the tents in Collins Circle.  Due to the size of the graduating class, individual students will not cross the stage or have their  names read - students will be recognized in groups by school or college.


Individual Recognition Events

In addition to the ceremonies listed above, Individual Recognition Events (hosted by the candidate's School, College, or Department) will be held throughout the weekend.  A complete list of events, for both Undergraduates and Graduates can be found by following the links above.  Each ceremony has its own unique guest policy and/or requirements to participate.  Please use the contact information for each for further details.  Students should be on the lookout for further information from their department as the semester progresses.

* Official diplomas and final transcripts will be mailed to graduates after final grades are recorded, approximately 6-8 weeks after commencement. No diplomas will be issued during commencement weekend.