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Congratulations, graduates!

We are thrilled to be celebrating this achievement with you. Use this page for most of the information you will need about graduation weekend. Keep an eye on your Umail account for instructions specific to your major and/or degree level. 

COMMENCEMENT VS CONVOCATION

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is the University wide opening ceremony where we honor and celebrate the collective achievements of the University's graduating class. This is a large event which usually includes a well-known speaker. You will NOT have your name read at this ceremony. Only candidates from summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019 may attend.

For more information, including graduate line-up, location, and more, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

Convocation Ceremonies

Each College across the University holds a separate ceremony to honor the graduating class in their respective disciplines. The College of Social and Behavioral Science Convocation is an event you won't want to miss. At this ceremony you will walk, with students from your major to the arena floor, pick up your diploma cover and have your name read. You are welcome to bring your family and other guests, and there is no need for tickets. Join us as we celebrate your graduation!

 2019 University of Utah Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | Jon M. Huntsman Center
5:00 P.M. Graduates arrive at Huntsman Center (parking lot south of Milton Bennion Hall)
5:50 P.M. Processional begins
6:30 P.M. Commencement ceremony begins

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2019 CSBS Convocations

Ph.D. and Master's Convocation

Students graduating with a Ph.D. or master's will have their degrees conferred during the college graduate convocation ceremony in Kingsbury Hall.

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 
Time: 11:00 AM
*Graduating students should plan to arrive at 10:15 AM
Location: Kingsbury Hall

Student Information

The procession begins promptly at 10:55 AM.

Student Regalia: All graduates are required to wear the appropriate cap and gown during the ceremony.

Purchase Regalia through the campus store

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Reader Cards: A reader card will be given to you when you are seated in your designated section. Fill out both sides of the card and bring it with you to the reader table. One side is identifying information for the photographer. The other side is to provide your information to the faculty announcing student names as they cross the stage.

Photographs: A professional photographer has been authorized to photograph all graduation candidates. A representative from Island Photography will contact graduates after the ceremony with information on how to purchase the photographs. You are not obligated to purchase these photographs. Family and friends may take pictures as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony. No one is allowed at the front of stage. 

Pre-Register for Pictures

Personal Belongings: Please leave purses, bags, cameras, and personal items with your guests. You will not be returning to the same seat after walking across the stage for the presentation of graduates and awarding of degrees.

Diplomas: Diplomas are mailed to graduates from the Office of the Registrar within three months of graduation. If your address, phone number, and/or email address change, update your information immediately in the Campus Information System (CIS). The Registrar will use the most recent address listed in CIS when mailing your diploma.

Parking: Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Families are encouraged to drop off guests who cannot walk long distances at Kingsbury Hall before parking their cars. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park at Rice-Eccles Stadium and ride the free campus shuttle which runs every 15 minutes. The walk from Rice Eccles Stadium to Kingsbury Hall takes aout 10 minutes. Campus parking lots may be also be used.

Parking Information


Guest Information

Seating: Guest seating at Kingsbury Hall is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests should be seated by 10:45 AM. The academic processional will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. Ushers will be available to assist with guest seating. Some seating will be reserved for graduation candidates, convocation staff and guests in wheelchairs and their companions. The recessional will follow in reverse order; however, the graduates and guests will remain seated until the official party has left the seating area.

Special Seating/Accommodations: Students or guests with disabilities (including individuals in wheelchairs and those who have limited mobility) attending convocation can request special accommodations by contacting Mary Wong at mary.wong@csbs.utah.edu or 801-581-8621. The College requests that guests give reasonable prior notice by April 27, 2019 . We ask that guests arrive early and use the handicapped entrance located on the east side of Kingsbury Hall.

*Note: Requests made the day of convocation cannot be accommodated; prior notice must be given.

Photographs: A professional photographer has been authorized to photograph all graduation candidates (see above for more information). Family and friends may take pictures as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony. No one is allowed at the front of stage. 

Parking: Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Families are encouraged to drop off guests who cannot walk long distances at Kingsbury Hall before parking their cars. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park at Rice-Eccles Stadium and ride the free campus shuttle which runs every 15 minutes. The walk from Rice Eccles Stadium to Kingsbury Hall takes aout 10 minutes. Campus parking lots may be also be used.

PARKING INFORMATION

Undergraduate Convocation

Students graduating with a bachelor's will have their degrees conferred during the college undergraduate convocation ceremony in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM
*Graduating students should arrive at 8:15 AM
Location: Huntsman Center

Student Information

The procession begins promptly at 8:55 AM.

Student Regalia: All graduates are required to wear the appropriate cap and gown during the ceremony. 

PURCHASE REGALIA THROUGH THE CAMPUS STORE

Reader Cards: A reader card will be given to you when you are seated in your designated section. Fill out both sides of the card and bring it with you to the reader table. One side is identifying information for the photographer. The other side is to provide your information to the faculty announcing student names as they cross the stage.

Photographs: A professional photographer has been authorized to photograph all graduation candidates. A representative from Island Photography will contact graduates after the ceremony with information on how to purchase the photographs. You are not obligated to purchase these photographs. Family and friends may take pictures as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony. No one is allowed at the front of stage. 

Pre-Register for Pictures

Personal Belongings: Please leave purses, bags, cameras, and personal items with your guests. You will not be returning to the same seat after walking across the stage for the presentation of graduates and awarding of degrees.

Diplomas: Diplomas are mailed to graduates from the Office of the Registrar within three months of graduation. If your address, phone number, and/or email address change, update your information immediately in the Campus Information System (CIS). The Registrar will use the most recent address listed in CIS when mailing your diploma.

Honors at Graduation: You may pick up an honor cord beginning April 15 through the week of graduation. Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to verify your GPA.

Honors at Graduation

Parking: Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. Families are encouraged to drop off elderly guests and those who cannot walk long distances in the Jon M. Huntsman Center circle before parking their cars. The closest parking to the Jon M. Huntsman Center is directly south in the LDS Institute lot. Guests may also park in other lots. Ceremony should be 1 hour and 45 minutes.

PARKING INFORMATION


Guest Information

Seating: Guest seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Most guests choose to sit in Sections D through J, on the west side of the Huntsman Center. Guests are not allowed to sit in sections designated for graduates. Candidates and guests are requested to remain seated until the entire convocation program is complete.

Special Seating/Accommodations: Students or guests with disabilities (including individuals in wheelchairs and those who have limited mobility) attending convocation can request special accommodations by contacting Mary Wong at mary.wong@csbs.utah.edu or 801-581-8621. The College requests that guests give reasonable prior notice by April 27, 2018. We ask that guests arrive early.

*Note: Requests made the day of convocation cannot be accommodated; prior notice must be given.

Photographs: A professional photographer has been authorized to photograph all graduation candidates (see above for more information). Family and friends may take pictures as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony. No one is allowed at the front of stage. 

Parking: Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation. Families are encouraged to drop off elderly guests and those who cannot walk long distances in the Jon M. Huntsman Center circle before parking their cars. The closest parking to the Jon M. Huntsman Center is directly south in the LDS Institute lot. Guests may also park in other lots. Ceremony should be 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Parking Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, students from summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019 may attend. 

Those who are gradutating in summer 2019 will not be listed in the program; there is nothing the college can do about this. The Registrar’s Office creates the list of graduates.  Your name will be on next year’s program, so you can come get a program next year if you would like. 

There are many possible reasons for this, but the most common is that you had not applied for graduation by the time the list was generated by the Registrar's Office.  As long as you have completed the requirements and applied for graduation, you should still graduate as planned.

No, but it will appear on your transcript.

Yes, you may pick up an honor cord beginning April 15 through the week of graduation. Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to verify your GPA.

The convocation program will also have stars by those students' names who are candidates for these honors. 

No, you will receive a separate ribbon to place over the corner of your diploma indicating your honor. The ribbon will be mailed by the Graduation Office once they verify requirements have been met. 

When the Graduation Office sends your diploma in the mail, they will include information on where you can pick up a diploma cover.

You may come to the Dean's Office in Gardner Commons, Suite 3725 within a month after convocation to pick up a program. If you are unable to come to the office, please contact Mary Wong at mary.wong@csbs.utah.edu or 801-581-8621 to make additional arrangments. 

Still have questions about graduate requirements and university commencement?

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

Contact Mary Wong at mary.wong@csbs.utah.edu or 801-581-8621

view images and videos from past convocations

Last Updated: 2/27/19