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College of Science Convocation

The College of Science Convocation ceremony is an opportunity for science graduates to be recognized individually, have their degrees conferred, and receive their diploma covers.

Convocation 2017

The College of Science Convocation for the Class of 2017 will be held:

Thursday, May 4, 2017
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Jon M. Huntsman Center (map)


Following the Convocation, graduates and their guests are invited to a reception for the College of Science Class of 2017. Lunch will be served. This reception will be held:

Thursday, May 4, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location TBD (map)


  • Convocation is free to attend.
  • No ticket or RSVP is required.
  • We encourage graduates' family and friends to attend the ceremony. However, guests will not be able to sit with graduates.
  • All guests should plan to be seated before 8:00 am and may take any seats except those reserved for graduates.
  • Note: Strollers are not allowed into the arena seating area, nor are they allowed in any of the wheelchair cutouts. Strollers may be stored at the ticket counter near Portal 23.


If you are unable to attend the ceremony in person, the Convocation will be streamed online:

Keynote Speaker


Academic regalia

  • All graduates must have regalia in order to attend convocation.
  • Order your academic regalia from March 30 – April 1 during the 2017 Grad Fair at the University of Utah Bookstore.
  • Late orders for regalia will be accepted from May 1 - May 3.

How it works

This section describes the steps graduates should take during the Convocation Ceremony.  Note that some instructions apply only to undergraduate, master, or Ph.D. students.

All graduates

  • Assemble outside Jon M. Huntsman Center no later than 7:45 A.M. on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
  • Arrive in your cap and gown.
  • You will be given a reader’s card and pencil; complete this reader’s card and keep it with you.
  • During the ceremony, you will hand this card to a name reader seated on-stage. You will then cross the stage to receive your diploma cover as your name is announced.
  • In order to prevent confusion, please follow all of the ushers' directions throughout the event.


  • Line up outside Doors 2 & 3 and come in Portals 3 & 11.  Ushers will be present to guide you.

Master Graduates

  • You will be seated on the arena floor.
  • Please form a line in the West Tunnel on 1815 East which is the road west of the Huntsman Center. Ushers will be present to guide you.

PhD Graduates

  • You will be seated on the arena floor.
  • Please form a line in the West Tunnel on 1815 East which is the road west of the Huntsman Center. Ushers will be present to guide you.
  • Carry your hood on your left arm prior to the ceremony.
  • If you wish to be hooded by your faculty advisor, please make arrangements with them ahead of time and notify our office of their participation: your advisor must be seated on the arena floor and in full regalia in order to hood you.

All graduates

  • You will receive your diploma by mail within 90 days of your graduation date. Be sure your mailing address is current with the Registrar’s Office.


  • Island Photography has been authorized to photograph all graduates. You are under no obligation to purchase these photographs.
  • Friends or family members may take photographs as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony.


  • Parking will be available at the Jon M. Huntsman Center and the Rice-Eccles Stadium. Shuttles will run between the Stadium and the Huntsman Center.
  • Parking designations and pay lots will not be enforced on May 4.
  • In anticipation of heavy traffic, we recommend that you arrive early.
  • For more information regarding parking, please visit the Parking and Transportation Page.

Students or Guests with Disabilities

  • Graduates and guest with disabilities attending Convocation can request accommodations through the College of Science at (801) 587-8098 or Please give us reasonable prior notice so that we may arrange your specific accommodations.
  • American Sign Language Interpreters will be available in the first three rows of section C and the ceremony will be captioned on the arena screens
  • Wheelchair cutouts are located in each section of the arena in Row 31, which is level with the conourse. They are available on a first-come basis.
  • For graduates in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, please meet a College of Science representative at the elevator located between Portal 6 and 7. From there, you will be escorted to the arena floor. Please try to arrive at the elevator by 8:00 am. During the ceremony you will be seated with students on the arena floor. A Center for Disabilities Services (CDS) staff member will be available after the event to help escort you back up the elevator to the concourse.
  • Accessible entrances and parking can be found on the U of U Campus Map by selecting the "Accessible" option from the Map Features drop-down menu.


The University of Utah's General Commencement is the campus-wide opening ceremony, kicking off many events across campus and serving as a collective celebration of the University community and the success and accomplishments of this year's graduating class. Commencement will be held on:

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center (map)


For more information, contact Paige Berg at the College of Science at (801) 587-8098 or

Last Updated: 2/6/17