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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)

Convocation Keynote Speaker

The College of Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Doon Gibbs as our Class of 2017 Convocation speaker.  Dr. Gibbs leads  Brookhaven National Laboratory, overseeing research in numerous fields including high energy physics, environmental research, national security, and computational science.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, and has played a key role in advancing a number of Brookhaven's major projects.

As an undergraduate at the University of Utah, Dr. Gibbs studied physics and mathematics, going on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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.
Law Building, 6th Floor, Room 6623 (map)


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)

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  • 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.
  • 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.


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


Academic regalia

  • All graduates must have academic 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.  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 Paige Berg (, (801) 587-8098) of their participation: your advisor must be seated on the arena floor and in full regalia in order to hood you.

Procession and Recession


  • 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 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 guests 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.
  • 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 Paige Berg at the College of Science at (801) 587-8098 or

Last Updated: 4/28/17