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Most popular questions:
What is the difference between morning convocation and the individual school ceremonies?
The university’s Commencement ceremonies are divided into two parts: the morning convocation and the individual school ceremonies. Graduates and their families are strongly encouraged to attend both.
The morning convocation, set for 9 a.m. in the Grove, is the campus-wide celebration of graduation. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, march into the Grove behind the banners of the university’s respective schools and the College of Liberal Arts for a ceremony that includes university awards and the main commencement speaker. At this ceremony, the chancellor confers authority to present diplomas to the individual schools.
At the school ceremonies, which take place throughout the rest of the day in various locations across campus, the College of Liberal Arts and individual schools present their own awards and recognize each graduate individually. It is at these ceremonies that each graduate’s name is called, and he or she is presented with a diploma cover.
Diplomas will be mailed June or July (for May graduates) and September (for August graduates) for insertion into the diploma cover received at Commencement.
Where and when to pick up cap and gown?
The week of Commencement, the Vendor for cap and gowns will observe the following hours:
- Wednesday, May 6 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Union Ballroom (Fourth Floor)
- Thursday, May 7 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Union Ballroom (Fourth Floor)
- Friday, May 8: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Union Ballroom (Fourth Floor)
- Saturday, May 9: 7:00 -9:00 a.m. in the Union Ballroom (Fourth Floor)
If you have not already ordered your cap and gown, please see the vendor as early as possible on May 6.
If you are graduating with Latin Honors: summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude, your academic college/school will have your honors cords. Please pick them up from your academic college/school. If unsure where to pick up items from your academic college/school, contact the Dean’s Office.
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