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  • Commencement

    University-wide Commencement Ceremony

    The formal ceremony for both May and January graduates is held in May. Attendees must purchase traditional graduation attire (caps and gowns) for $55 in May from the university supplier. Additional information will be provided in February. Because of the scale of the program, individual student names are not read except for those of PhD candidates. Each graduating student can invite up to three guests to attend the ceremony.  The names of students who petition for May graduation after the final petition deadline will not appear in the University Commencement Program.

    See the university's Commencement website for more details.

    Undergraduate students and MFA Photography students who will complete their requirements in the summer term following Commencement can participate in the ceremony. Students in all other graduate programs must complete all degree requirements in the fall or spring before Commencement to participate in the ceremony.

    Divisional Recognition Ceremonies

    Individual programs also hold smaller, more personalized ceremonies exclusively for their graduates. Students are typically recognized by name at these ceremonies. Traditional graduation attire (caps and gowns) is not worn at these ceremonies, with the exception of Lang's ceremony. See the university's Commencement website for more information about these ceremonies.

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