Convocation and Commencement

What’s the difference between Commencement and Convocation?

 

Commencement

Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m., Patriot Center

  • Degrees are officially conferred by the university president
  • Entire university community is invited
  • Ceremony begins with graduates processing through campus
  • Official university guest speaker delivers Commencement address
  • Selected student speaker representing the class of 2014 delivers address
  • Event is televised
  • Tickets are required for guests; each graduate may obtain four guest tickets
  • PhD graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage receiving their degrees; all graduates are acknowledged, and degrees are conferred by deans/directors and the university president
  • Caps and gowns are worn

 

Convocation Ceremonies

Celebration of graduation sponsored by individual schools:

  • Individual school/college/institute graduates only
  • All guests are welcome; tickets are not required except where noted*
  • All graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage receiving their degrees
  • Each school/college/institute selects speakers
  • Caps and gowns are worn

*Tickets are required for any convocation taking place at the Hylton Performing Arts Center (School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism)

Graduates are encouraged to attend both the university-wide Commencement ceremony and their specific convocation ceremony.

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