Commencement Ceremony Attendance
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 PhD candidates. Each graduating student can invite up to 3 guests to attend the ceremony.
See the university's Commencement website for more details.
Undergraduate students who are within 9 credits of completing their requirements and will complete all outstanding credits in the summer term following commencement may participate in the ceremony.
Graduate students must complete all degree requirements in the semester prior to 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 details about these ceremonies.