When: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017
Where: The Grove
In the event of inclement weather, a decision to move the ceremony will be made by Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 a.m. If moved, the morning Commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. at The Pavilion, and there will NOT be a processional.
The morning convocation, which convenes in the historic Grove, is attended by about 3,000 degree candidates in academic regalia. The important purpose of Convocation is the conferring of degrees that only the chancellor can state. Seating for 15,000 is set up in the Grove for visitors and families and are filled on a first-come basis.
The individual ceremonies of the College of Liberal Arts, School of Law, School of Engineering, School of Education, School of Business Administration, Patterson School of Accountancy, School of Pharmacy, School of Applied Sciences, Meek School of Journalism and New Media and Bachelor of General Studies are held at various locations throughout campus after the morning convocation. The diploma cover is handed out at these ceremonies. Individual diplomas will be mailed at a later date.
On Friday, May 12, at the The Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College will hold its commissioning ceremony at 4:00 p.m., and the Doctoral Hooding ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. also in The Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
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