Congratulations on your academic accomplishments. As you complete the requirements for your degree, the University is working hard to make Commencement Week 2013 a memorable occasion for you. This website contains all the information you need to prepare for the week's activities. If you have questions not addressed on this website please contact the Commencement Office or visit us on Facebook.
COMMENCEMENT WEEK SCHEDULE
The University Commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. outdoors on Morningside Campus, rain or shine. School ceremonies and events will take place from Sunday, May 19 through Thursday, May 23. For information on your individual school's ceremony, visit the School Ceremonies and Baccalaureate section of this website.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY REGISTRATION, TICKETS, AND ADMISSION
All degree candidates eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony (May 2013, February 2013, and October 2012 graduates) will need to register to participate in the University Commencement ceremony and to request tickets for their guests.
Please visit the tickets section of this website for more information.
Graduating students who wish to participate in the ceremony must wear their caps and gowns and carry their University ID in order to gain entry through one of the designated upper campus entrances to line up for the procession.
Those who graduated before May 2013 and no longer hold University IDs should bring a photo ID and their Commencement registration confirmation email or a letter from their school on University stationery indicating their participation in the ceremony.
Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Commencement Day and lasting until the end of the ceremony, navigation across campus will be difficult. Therefore, we strongly urge all graduating students to pick up their caps and gowns prior to the morning of the event.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
The ceremony will end shortly after noon. We recommend that graduates and their families choose a designated area to meet after the ceremony. With more than 30,000 people on campus, it can be very difficult to find someone—even with a cell phone—without planning ahead.
Diplomas are distributed by individual schools after degrees are conferred by the University President during the University Commencement ceremony. Depending on your school, you may receive your diploma at your school ceremony, reception, at another specific pick-up time, or via mail. Please check the school ceremony information page for diploma pick-up times and locations. If you do not collect your diploma in person during Commencement Week, it will be mailed to the address you provided on your application for a degree or certificate. If you would like to change this address, you may do so in SSOL (under “Addresses: View and Update,” then “Add Diploma Address”) before May 24. After May 24, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.