Graduate Commencement 2015

The University will hold the winter commencement ceremony for students receiving Master’s Degrees, Sixth Year Professional Di­plomas, and Doctoral Degrees. The ceremony will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015, in the John Lyman Center at 7 p.m.

School of Arts and Sciences

Art Education
Bilingual Education
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Environmental Education
Political Science
Romance Languages
Science Education
Women’s Studies

School of Business

Business Administration

School of Education

Classroom Specialist
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
Information & Library Science
School Psychology
Special Education

School of Health & Human Services

Communication Disorders
Exercise Science
Marriage and Family Therapy
Public Health
Recreation & Leisure
School Health Education
Social Work

For Students

Important Information for Students

Eligible Commencement Participants

Students who completed their degree or diploma requirements at the end of the fall 2015 semester

Mandatory Commencement Registration

Seating for your guests is limited in the Lyman Center. Only those who register for the Commencement will receive tickets for their guests. The number of guest tickets will be determined by the number of students who plan to attend. It is expected that each participant will receive a minimum of two tickets.

Academic Regalia

Candidates for Graduate Degrees and Sixth Year Diplomas must wear appropriate academic regalia (Master’s and Doctoral Degree students wear cap, tassel, gown, and hood; Sixth Year Diploma students wear cap, tassel, gown, hood, and stole). Regalia can be purchased through the Campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore, located in the lower level of the Adanti Student Center.

Note: Academic regalia must be purchased before the day of Commencement. Regalia will not be available for purchase the day of Commencement.

Sixth Year Diploma candidates may wear the master’s level academic regalia they wore at previous graduate level commencements, but they still need to purchase the special Sixth Year Diploma stole. Students who are not attired in the appropriate academic regalia will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement.  Please contact the bookstore at (203) 392-5270 for more information about how to order regalia.

Academic Procession for the Ceremonies

The Commencement procession will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Therefore, you must report by 5:30 p.m. in Engleman Hall rotunda to check in and receive a name card.  There will be a line position number on that card indicating where you will be in the procession.

Master’s and Doctoral Degree candidates wear their caps, tassels, and gowns in the procession, but carry their hoods over their right arm for the procession. The hood will be invested on you when you are called on stage during the ceremony.

Sixth Year Diploma candidates wear their caps, tassels, gowns, and hoods in the procession, but carry their stoles over their right arm for the procession. The stole will be invested on you when you are called on stage during the ceremony.

Services for Persons with Disabilities

The University will provide special services for persons with disabilities. These services include interpreters and large-type printed materials. A limited number of accessible wheelchair locations in Lyman is available. Please call (203) 392-6828 (Voice) or (203) 392-6131 (TDD) if you wish to use any of these services. Also, persons with State handicapped parking stickers on their cars may use the faculty/staff lot behind the Lyman Center.

Guest Tickets

All seating in the Lyman Center for Performing Arts is ticketed. Only those who register for Commencement will receive tickets for their guests. Each participant will receive a minimum of two tickets. Tickets will be distributed starting November 30th at the School of Graduate Studies Office only to those who have registered for Commencement and have been cleared by the Registrar. Our office is located on the first floor of Engleman Hall, Suite B-110. The hours for ticket distribution are listed to the left. You must collect your tickets by December 4th. Those tickets not picked up by this date will be distributed to others seeking additional tickets for the ceremony. Tickets cannot be mailed nor can we issue replacement tickets. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license or stu- dent ID when you collect your tickets. If you are unable to collect your tickets in-person, a friend or relative may collect them for you provided that they submit written permission from you along with a photocopy of your drivers license or student ID.

Ticket Distribution Hours

November 30 - December 3, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
December 4, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bookstore Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Not Participating?

If your plans have changed and you will not be participating in the ceremony, please contact the Graduate Studies Office by phone: (203) 392- 5240; by fax: (203) 392-5235; or email:

Application to Participate in the Graduate Ceremony

If you would like to participate in the December commencement, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at (203) 392-5240.

Application for Graduate Degree

The awarding of a master's degree, sixth year diploma, or a doctorate degree is not an automatic process. If you foresee yourself completing your degree or diploma requirements this December 2015, you must complete the Application for Graduate Degree form.