Commencement and Graduation

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December 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Event Date Change**

Friday, December 13, 2019

  • 10:00 am* - College of Arts and Sciences, Hayes School of Music, and Walker College of Business at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 9:45**)
  • 2:00 pm* - Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Reich College of Education at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 1:45**)

*Graduate students will attend the college ceremony represented by their major field of study.

**Each commencement ceremony will be preceded by a processional of the students, faculty, and platform party. The processional will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start times listed above.

May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • Ceremony information to be announced

Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • Ceremony information to be announced

Live Stream

Virtual Rehearsal

There will be NO REHEARSAL prior to graduation. However, the Registrar's Office has developed a Virtual Commencement Rehearsal [PDF] to help provide you with detailed information about the ceremony, what to do, where to go, and what to expect from the day. We hope you will use this helpful resource as you prepare to participate in Commencement.


Only authorized press and University photographers are permitted on the floor to take pictures after the ceremony is in progress. Our photography vendor, GradImages, will send proofs of the photos taken of graduates at the commencement ceremony to their email within approximately one week. Proofs will also be available for purchase online. Official photographs taken by GradImages, 1-800-261-2576 or

Parking and Transportation

Parking and shuttle service is available in the Peacock Hall Circle, Stadium, and Hill Street parking lots. Shuttle buses will transport to and from these lots before and after the ceremony. Additional parking is available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck (#31), but will not include shuttle service. Please follow the yellow event parking signs on campus. A map of parking locations is also available to illustrate the locations of the parking lots (in orange). The Holmes Convocation Center can be seen in the bottom right hand corner (#34).

Parking for individuals with disabilities will be available in the lot adjacent to the Holmes Convocation Center. Traffic control personnel will be at the intersection of Rivers and Hill Street to direct persons with disability placards displayed to the appropriate parking area.

It is suggested that you are parked at least 45 minutes before Commencement is scheduled to begin to allow you enough time to get from the parking lot to the Convocation Center and find seating. While every effort is made to ensure timely arrival and departure of shuttle buses between the Convocation Center and the parking lots, please be sure you have appropriate cold weather dress, footwear, and umbrellas in the event of inclement weather.