The Simon School Commencement Ceremony will begin at the Eastman Theatre on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. This website will be updated in January for Commencement 2014.
Rehearsal for Commencement
Commencement rehearsal for the Class of 2014 will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, 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 prize 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 8, 2014 and lasts approximately two 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.
Graduating Student Information Form
If you haven't already done so, please complete the online Graduating Student Information Form to confirm your attendance at the Commencement Ceremony. If you have already completed this form and your plans change (i.e. you're no longer attending Commencement), you may edit your response to this online form. For further assistance, please refer to the Graduating Student Information Form Instructions.
Invitations to Commencement
Guest invitations to Commencement are provided by the Simon School for graduates who would like to send their guests a formal invitation. These invitations are free and will be available for pick up beginning April 1 at 305 Schlegel Hall, Office of MBA Admissions and Administration.
If you are an international student and wish to have your relatives, who reside outside of the U.S., attend Commencement, please visit this link: http://www.iso.rochester.edu/travel/visitors.html
View a list of hotels located near the Eastman Theatre and the University of Rochester, River Campus. Be sure to make accommodations as early as possible as the LPGA will be in Rochester at the same time as Commencement.
During your visit, check out Rochester's points of interest.
The GradImages company will be at Simon commencement and will take a photo of each student receiving his or her hood, and then a photo of each student leaving the stage.
Shortly after the ceremony, the company will send proof(s) via e-mail of the photos taken.
Students may then make an order for prints if desired. Students are under no obligation to make a purchase.
To pre-register your name, address, and e-mail information:
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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 online Graduating Student Information Form in July.
Academic Regalia (Cap and Gown)
To order your cap and gown, click here. Orders must be submitted no later than Friday, May 2, 2014. Individuals placing orders after this deadline cannot be guaranteed proper regalia size. If ordering after the May 2, you must contact Maria at the Bookstore at 585-275-4012.
Caps, gowns, and tassels will be individually packaged and available for distribution beginning Monday, June 2, at the University of Rochester Bookstore, Frederick Douglass Building. Bookstore hours are Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during the week of June 2, Bookstore personnel will be at the Eastman Theatre on Sunday, June 9, the day of Commencement, for late pick-up. We recommend, however, that you pick up your gown the week prior so there is a chance for the wrinkles to hang out. The 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 8, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., on campus at the Florescue-von Manstein Plaza (outside between Carol Simon and Schlegel Hall). If inclement weather, the picnic will be moved inside Schlegel Hall. A picnic lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, Italian sausages, salads, chips, pretzels, cookies, desserts, beer, soft drinks, as well as entertainment, will be provided.
Please RSVP via the online Dean's Picnic Response Form (on Simon Exchange). If you are attending and bringing family or guests, please indicate the total number attending, so that we can provide an accurate count to the caterer.
Frequently Asked Questions
View a list of frequently asked questions regarding Commencement.