Commencement is Sunday, June 4, 2017. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Rehearsal for Commencement
Commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., there will be a continental breakfast available for you on the second floor of the Cominsky Promenade at the Eastman School of Music. It is very important you attend this rehearsal, as we want to be certain you are familiar with the process that will take place at Sunday's Commencement. The rehearsal will last one hour. To add some excitement, we will award a GoPro to a lucky graduate who attends the rehearsal.
At the rehearsal, you will receive important details concerning the procedures regarding the robing and line-up process and the seating arrangement for the ceremony.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017, and lasts approximately two and a half hours. Students can line up beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Eastman Theatre. All graduates are required to be in line by 9:30 a.m. Do not be late. Personal items, such as cameras, purses, and coats, should be left with family members or friends before arriving at the Eastman Theatre. There is no secure room to house these items so we do not recommend that you bring them with you. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for guests.
Application for Graduation
Students who expect to complete degree requirements for the MBA or MS degree must complete the Application for Graduation on Simon Exchange by April 3, 2017.
If you are an international student and wish to have your relatives, who reside outside of the US, attend Commencement, please visit this link: http://www.iso.rochester.edu/travel/visitors.html
You will receive your diploma at the Commencement Ceremony if you have met your program requirements and financial obligations to the University. If you do not attend Commencement, your diploma will be mailed to the address you indicated on the Application for Graduation. Or you may pick up your diploma with a photo ID card beginning June 8th at 9:00 a.m. at the Registrar's Office.
Academic Regalia (Cap and Gown)
To order your cap and gown through Oak Hill, click here. Orders must be submitted no later than April 24, 2017. Individuals placing orders after the deadline cannot be guaranteed proper regalia size. If you miss the April 24 deadline, you must contact the the Bookstore at 585-275-8348 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
NOTE - Caps, gowns, and tassels will be individually packaged and available for distribution beginning Saturday, May 27th, at the Barnes and Noble at University of Rochester (1305 Mt. Hope Avenue). Pick-up hours are Saturday, 10:00a.m. - 9:00p.m., Sunday, 11:00a.m. - 6:00p.m., Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00a.m. - 9:00p.m. and Friday, 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. The bookstore will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 and gowns will not be available on Saturday, June 3.
If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during the times noted above, Bookstore personnel will be at the Eastman Theatre on Sunday, June 4, (the day of Commencement) to distribute any unclaimed regalia. It is recommended, however, that you obtain your items in advance so you can remove the gown from its packaging and allow any wrinkles to fall out. Please also note that your hood will not be supplied at the time you pick up your cap and gown because it will be presented in the formal hooding, which is part of the Commencement Ceremony.
There is a handicapped access at the door located near the corner of Gibbs Street and Main Street. An usher will be present to assist guests. Please notify the Conference and Events Office at rehearsal as to the number of guests who will require handicapped access. If you do not attend rehearsal, please contact the Commencement Office at (585) 275-4111 to make arrangements for guests with special needs.
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society in business and management. Membership is limited to those in the upper 20 percent of the MBA class of institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Election to the University of Rochester chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma takes place in the winter and spring quarters of a student's final year of study. Those admitted are recognized formally at the Commencement Ceremonies in June. If elected, students will be notified the week before Commencement by the Dean's Office.
All graduates, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to attend the Dean's Picnic on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., on campus at the Forecourt of Eastman Quad (grass area between Schlegel and Strong Audtiorium). Invitations and information regarding the picnic was sent by email on April.
Frequently Asked Questions
View a list of frequently asked questions regarding Commencement.