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Graduate Ceremony

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Thomas M. Ryan Center (No tickets are required)

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony is for those students who are eligible to receive their master’s or doctoral degrees in any of the University’s graduate programs. Doctoral degree candidates will be escorted and hooded by their major professors.

  • 12:15 p.m.— Graduate degree candidates assemble in academic attire in the west corridor of the Ryan Center. Enter through the north entrance from Plains Road (Lincoln Almond Plaza). Please be prompt. The marshals will organize the line of march by degree to be conferred and in alphabetical order.
  • 1 p.m.— Commencement exercises begin. Graduate degree candidates will march into the arena and sit in designated areas. During the ceremony, they will be escorted to the stage by University marshals and file across the platform.
  • 3 p.m.—A President’s Reception at Hope Commons will honor all graduating students and their families.


Graduate ceremony attendees may park on the north and south sides of the Ryan Center. Please refer to the map for these locations.

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