Graduate Commencement 2016
The University will hold two commencement ceremonies for students receiving Master’s Degrees, Sixth Year Professional Diplomas, and Doctoral Degrees. Both ceremonies will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in the John Lyman Center at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 • 7 p.m.
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
501 Crescent Street • New Haven, CT 06515
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Please read important information about tickets and participating in commencement. If you foresee yourself completing your degree or diploma requirements this May 2016, you must complete the Application for Graduate Degree Form.
Important Information for Students
Eligible Commencement Participants
Students who completed their degree or diploma requirements at the end of the Spring 2016 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.
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.
Which ceremony should you attend?
Specific majors will be recognized at only one of the two ceremonies. Therefore, you must attend the ceremony at which your major will be recognized.
Academic Procession for Afternoon and Evening Ceremonies
The afternoon Commencement procession will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Therefore, you must report by 12:30 p.m. in Engleman Hall 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.
The evening Commencement procession will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Therefore, you must report by 5:30 p.m. in Engleman Hall 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.
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 May 2 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 below. You must collect your tickets by May 5. 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 student 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
May 2 - May 5, 2016: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2016: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
May 9 - May 13, 2016: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Bookstore Hours - for Cap and Gown (through May 13)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application to Participate in the Graduate Ceremony
The application has been closed. If you have any questions, please contact the School of Graduate Studies.
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 May 2016, you must complete the Application for Graduate Degree form.