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Convocation 2019

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.

  • College of Science Convocation
    Thursday, May 2, 2019
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Jon M. Huntsman Center - map

Convocation Speaker

Monica-GandhiThe College of Science is honored to welcome College of Science alumna, Dr. Monica Gandhi, BS’91 as our 2019 Convocation speaker.

Dr. Ghandi is Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief (Clinical Operations/ Education) of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF/ San Francisco General Hospital. She also serves as the medical director of the HIV Clinic at SFGH. Her work in HIV research and HIV education and mentorship has been recognized with a number of international awards including the HIV Congress, Lifetime HIV Merit Award in 2018.

Before HIV research–Monica was immersed in the University of Utah. Her father, Om, now aged 84, was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the U for over 50 years, and former department chair. Says Monica, “I essentially grew up on campus.”

The health and social issues of the 1970s/80s helped define Dr. Gandhi’s career. “I was moved to enter HIV care by the struggles I witnessed firsthand” says Monica, “I also became interested in infectious diseases, which differentially affect the poor, after going to India several times and witnessing the stark contrast between rich and poor.”

After receiving her undergraduate degree in 1991, Dr. Gandhi completed her M.D. at Harvard Medical School and then came to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 1996 for residency training in Internal Medicine. After her residency, Dr. Gandhi completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, both at UCSF. She also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Berkeley in 2001 with a focus on Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Student Speaker

Hollie Marie Berry Morales - Biology

Originally from Wharton, Texas, Hollie transferred to the U, for undergraduate brain cancer research, population health sciences research, to study genetics, and to finish her Bachelor’s degree. Following graduation, Hollie will begin her work on a PhD in Oncological Sciences, focusing on embryonal tumors of the Central Nervous System, here at the U this fall. 


Commencement 2019

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:

  • Guests
  • 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.
  • Guest seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Most guests choose to sit in Sections A, D, E, F, G, H, or Z of the Huntsman Center.  PhD graduates will be hooded on the South side of the floor, near sections A and Z.
  • 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.


Academic Regalia

  • All graduates must have academic regalia in order to attend convocation.
  • Order your academic regalia from March 28 – March 30 during the 2019 Grad Fair at the University of Utah Bookstore.
  • Late orders for regalia will be accepted from April 30 - May 1.

All Graduates

  • Assemble outside Jon M. Huntsman Center no later than 7:45 A.M. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  In case of rain, all graduate candidates will line up inside the west tunnel.
  • Arrive in your cap and gown.
  • 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.
  • 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 the arena floor. You will then receive your diploma cover as your name is announced.
  • In order to prevent confusion, please follow all of the ushers' directions throughout the event.
  • Please leave purses, bags, cameras, and personal items with your guests.  You will not be returning to the same seat after walking across the floor for the presentation of graduates and awarding of degrees.
  • The Recessional will follow in reverse order; however, the graduates and guests will remain seated until the official party has left the seating area.


  • You will be seated on the arena floor.

Masters Graduates

  • You will be seated on stage.

PhD Graduates

  • You will be seated on stage.
  • 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 and notify Helen Francis,, of their participation: your advisor must be seated on the arena floor and in full regalia in order to hood you.

Procession and Recession

graduation procession

  • The solid lines on the image above show how each graduate will enter the Huntsman Center (the graduation procession).
  • The dotted lines show how each graduate will get up from their seat, receive their diploma cover, and be hooded (PhD students only).


  • All graduates will receive their diplomas 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 2.
  • 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 guests with disabilities attending Convocation can request accommodations through Helen Francis, Please give us reasonable prior notice so that we may arrange your specific accommodations.
  • Close captioning for the ceremony will be displayed on the arena screens for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Wheelchair cutouts are located in each section of the arena on Row 31, which is level with the conourse. They are available on a first-come, first-served 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 College of Science 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.


For more information, contact Helen Francis,

Last Updated: 5/3/19