Simon Business School


Commencement is Sunday, June 9, 2019. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Instructions for Candidates

Rehearsal for Commencement
Commencement rehearsal will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, 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.


Commencement Ceremony
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 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 May 3, 2019.

Visiting Relatives
If you are an international student and wish to have your relatives, who reside outside of the US, attend Commencement, please visit this link:

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 12th at 9:00 am at the Registrar's Office.

Academic Regalia (Cap and Gown)
Order your cap and gown through the Oak Hall website. The online ordering deadline is April 22, 2019. The Simon School pays for the regalia so you do not need to pay when you order or pick up your cap and gown. Regalia can be picked up at the Barnes and Noble University of Rochester Bookstore (585-275-8348) at 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue. Students can pick up their cap and gown beginning Friday, May 31 until Saturday, June 8 by 5:00pm.

Pick-up Hours will be:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday: Closed

The Bookstore will be closed Sunday, June 2. All orders NOT retrieved by 5:00pm on Saturday, June 8 will be taken to the Eastman Theatre and will not be available for pick-up again until Sunday morning, before the Commencement ceremony on June 9.

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.

Parking and Directions
View information on parking and directions to the Eastman Theatre.

Handicapped Access
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.

Dean's Picnic
All graduates, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to attend the Dean's Picnic on Saturday, June 8, 2019, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., on campus in Hajim Quad. Additional information will be provided via email.

Frequently Asked Questions
View a list of frequently asked questions regarding Commencement.

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