University of Utah Commencement Ceremony, Thursday, May 5, 2016

Commencement Ceremony – Jon M. Huntsman Center

5:00 P.M. Graduates arrive at Huntsman Center. Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Families are encouraged to drop off guests who cannot walk long distances the Huntsman Center before parking their cars.
5:50 P.M. Processional begins
6:30 P.M. Commencement ceremony begins

For information, please visit http://commencement.utah.edu/

The University of Utah General Commencement is the campus-wide opening ceremony, kicking off many events across campus and serving as a collective celebration of the University community and the collective success/accomplishments of the graduating class. It will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. We recommend that you attend, as this year's ceremony will feature some exciting changes and additions that should be memorable.

Commencement is open to the public and free to attend. No tickets or RSVP are required. Those who are unable to attend commencement will be able to watch the live stream via the www.utah.edu website or watch the rebroadcast on KUED Channel 7.

Graduate Line-up

Candidates for graduation should plan to arrive in cap and gown by 5:00 pm. Graduates will line up in an area to be determined. Staff members from Student Affairs will be on hand to assist candidates in lining up with their College and to provide the Program of the Day. Bookstore representatives will also be available to help with caps and gowns.

Guests should plan to be seated before 5:30 pm and may take seats of their choice in any area of the Huntsman Center except those reserved for the graduates. Invitations and tickets are not required to attend Commencement. Please note: unfortunately, strollers are not allowed into the arena seating area, nor are they allowed in any of the wheelchair cutouts. They may be stored at the ticket counter near Portal 23.

Commencement and Procession

The Commencement procession into the Huntsman Center will consist of four separate lines and will begin promptly at 5:45 pm. Candidates for graduation must remain in the appropriate line during the procession to ensure proper seating with their college. The program will begin after all graduates have been seated at 6:30 pm.

For information about this year's speaker, please visit the commencement speaker webpage.

At the conclusion of Commencement, a recessional will lead graduates out of the Huntsman Center. Graduates and their guests may wish to arrange in advance a place to meet after the ceremony.

Special Assistance

Graduates and guests with disabilities attending Commencement can request accommodations through the Center for Disability Services at 801-581-5020 (voice/TDD). Please give us reasonable prior notice to arrange the specific accommodations you may need.

American Sign Language Interpreters will be available in the first three rows of Section C and the ceremony will be captioned on the arena screens.

For guests, wheelchair cutouts are located in each section of the arena in Row 31, which is level with the concourse. They are available on a first-come basis.

For graduates in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, please meet a staff member from the Center for Disability Services at the elevator located between Portals 6 and 7. From there, you will be escorted to the arena floor. Please try to arrive at the elevator by 5:30 pm. During the ceremony you will be seated with students on the arena floor. A CDS staff member will be available after the event to help escort you back up the elevator to the concourse.

For information regarding parking, please visit the Parking and Transportation Page. Accessible entrances and parking can also be found on the U of U Campus Map by selecting the "Accessible" option from the Map Features drop-down menu.

Each College also holds a convocation ceremony where students are acknowledged individually by degree. For the date, time, and location of each convocation ceremony, please visit the College Convocations page. 

Flowers

Flowers will be available to purchase for graduates at the commencement and convocation events. For more information, visit Commencement Flowers.

Rainy Day Plan

In case of inclement weather, the procession may be canceled. Undergraduate candidates will go directly to their seats in the Huntsman Center as designated in the Program of the Day distributed at the door.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about graduate requirements and university commencement? Click here.


College of Health Convocation

The College of Health will hold two separate convocations this year:

College of Health Graduate Convocation

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016
2:00 pm at Kingsbury Hall

College of Health Undergraduate Convocation
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016
4:30 pm at the Jon M. Huntsman Center

All students graduating from the College of Health will have degrees conferred during the Convocation Ceremonies

PhD, Clinical Doctorate, and Master's Degree Convocation at Kingsbury Hall, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Graduate Degree Convocation: Students graduating with their PhD, Clinical Doctorate, or Master's degree will have their degrees conferred during the College of Health Graduate Convocation Ceremony in Kingsbury Hall.

PhD Candidates: Upon arrival, please enter at the west side of Kingsbury Hall and proceed to the Founders Room in the basement for the processional line-up. This will also be a designated staging area for the faculty.  Report to this area and follow the directions of the staff on site. PhD Candidates should be dressed in their cap and gown and have their hood draped over their right arm as they are enter the Hall for the procession. Hooding of PhD Candidates will take place on stage. The Processional will consist of one line entering the seating area. Once on stage and at your seat, remain standing until all the faculty and official party have entered the seating area.  Dean Perrin will ask all to stand for the National Anthem. Dean Perrin will invite everyone to take his or her seat and the speaking presentation will begin.

Clinical Doctorate and Master's Candidates: Please arrive with your cap, gown and hood on. You may enter at the west side of Kingsbury Hall and proceed to the Founders Room in the basement for the processional line-up. You will be guided by staff members where to walk once the conferring of degrees has started.

Guest Seating: Guest seating at Kingsbury Hall is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests should be seated by 1:45 pm. The academic processional will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. Ushers will be available to assist with guest seating. Some seating will be reserved for graduation candidates, convocation staff, and guests in wheelchairs and their companions. The Recessional will follow in reverse order; however, the graduates and guests will remain seated until the official party has left the seating area.

Special Seating/Accommodations: Students or guests with disabilities (including individuals in wheelchairs and those who have limited mobility) attending convocation can request special accommodations by contacting The Center for Student Success at 801-581-8379 or courtney.montgomery@hsc.utah.edu. The College requests that guests give reasonable prior notice by April 30, 2016. We ask that guests arrive early and use the handicapped entrance located on the east side of Kingsbury Hall.

*Note: Requests made the day of convocation cannot be accommodated; prior notice must be given

Parking: Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Families are encouraged to drop off guests who cannot walk long distances at Kingsbury Hall before parking their cars. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park at Rice-Eccles Stadium and ride the free campus shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes. The walk from Rice Eccles Stadium to Kingsbury Hall takes about 10 minutes. Campus parking lots may be also be used.

Diplomas: Diplomas are mailed to graduates from the Office of the Registrar within three months of graduation. If your address, phone number, and/or email address change, update your information immediately in the Campus Information System (CIS).The Registrar will use the most recent address listed in CIS when mailing your diploma.

Undergraduate Convocation at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, Friday, May 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Students graduating with their Bachelor’s degrees will have their degrees conferred during the College Undergraduate Convocation Ceremony in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

All graduates are required to wear the appropriate cap and gown during the ceremony.  The procession begins promptly at 4:30 P.M.  

All candidates should go directly to their seats. Students will not march in a procession.

Information for the Graduates: Reader Cards: A reader card will be given to you when you arrive at convocation. Fill out all sections of the card and bring it with you to the reader table. These cards are to provide your information to the faculty announcing the student names.

Personal Belongings: Please leave purses, bags, cameras, and personal items with your guests. You will not be returning to the same seat after walking across the floor for the presentation of graduates and awarding of degrees.

Diplomas: Diplomas are mailed to graduates from the Office of the Registrar within three months of graduation. If your address, phone number, and/or email address change, update your information immediately in the Campus Information System (CIS). The Registrar will use the most recent address listed in CIS when mailing your diploma.

Guests: Guest seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Most guests choose to sit in Sections D through J, on the west side of the Huntsman Center. Guests are not allowed to sit in sections designated for graduates. Candidates and guests are requested to remain seated until the entire convocation program is complete.

Special Seating/Accommodations: Students or guests with disabilities (including individuals in wheelchairs and those who have limited mobility) attending convocation can request special accommodations by contacting the Center for Student Success at 801-581-8379 or courtney.montgomery@hsc.utah.edu. The College requests that guests give reasonable prior notice by April 30, 2016. We ask that guests arrive early.

*Note: Requests made the day of convocation cannot be accommodated; prior notice must be given.

Parking: Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation. Families are encouraged to drop off elderly guests and those who cannot walk long distances in the Jon M. Huntsman Center circle before parking their cars. The closest parking to the Jon M. Huntsman Center is directly south in the LDS Institute lot. Guests may also park in other lots. Ceremony should be 1 hour and 45 minutes.

For more information or questions, contact Courtney Montgomery at courtney.montgomery@hsc.utah.edu or 801-581-8379.