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The Convocation Ceremony

523rd University-wide Convocation and the College Diploma Ceremony

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Main Quadrangles Open
7:00 AM (guests should be in their seats by 9:00 AM)

University-wide Convocation-Main Quadrangles
9:15 AM

College Diploma Ceremony-Main Quadrangles
1:00 PM

Reception for graduates and families-Harper, Social Sciences, and Classics quadrangles
Immediately following the College Diploma Ceremony, approximately 3:30 PM

Meet up with your fellow graduates, families, friends, and faculty at your designated quadrangle to celebrate the Class of 2014

  • Biological Sciences: Harper Quadrangle
  • Humanities: Classics Quadrangle
  • The New Collegiate Division: Classics Quadrangle
  • Physical Sciences: Harper Quadrangle
  • Social Sciences: Social Sciences Quadrangle

Academic Attire

Bachelor degree candidates wear the robe and cap. Graduates may wear University affiliated medals and stoles at the morning University-wide Convocation, but are asked to leave items with their families for the afternoon College Diploma Ceremony.  In keeping with the nature of the afternoon College Diploma Ceremony, graduates will be asked to remove any additional decor before the procession with the exception of the Howell Murray Alumni Association Medal which is traditionally worn outside the robe.  Graduates who deface their cap or robe will not be allowed to march in the ceremony.

Attire will be available for purchase at the Bookstore ($40 for bachelor's degrees).  It is strongly encouraged that you pick up your attire as soon as possible. To ensure a proper fit and avoid long lines, please purchase your cap and gown early and we urge you to iron it in advance of graduation. You will be able to retain both as a keepsake. 


The Convocation and College Diploma Ceremony are non-ticketed events. Students will be asked in May to fill out an exit survey and at the end of the survey register for the number of family and guests they expect to join them for lunch on Saturday of Convocation weekend so the University can plan appropriately. The survey will launch in early Spring quarter.   

Graduates should only register lunch reservations for family and guests who are planning on attending BOTH the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Parking and Transportation

The University has arranged for a number of parking and shuttle options for graduates and their guests. Please visit the Convocation website Parking and Transportation page for more information.

Disability Assistance

Accessible seating is available at the 523rd Convocation for guests with disabilities and up to two companions. This seating area is designated for individuals using wheelchairs, persons with mobility issues and guests with visual or hearing impairments. To make arrangements, you may choose to submit your request by completing an online form. Requests for accommodations must be submitted by May 29, 2015.

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