All graduates earning a Bachelor’s, Master’s or JD can pick up their garb in the Red Barn on Thursday, May 10 from noon until 7 p.m. or on Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students must pick up apparel by that time, because it won’t be available on commencement day.
Students who got approval to late purchase apparel can do so on Friday. Cash and checks can be accepted, but not credit cards. The same applies for souvenir tassels and honors cords (if you qualify), which will be available for purchase on distribution days.
All commencement apparel for bachelor’s, master’s, MD and DMD graduates is purchased, not rented, and can be kept after the ceremony.
Rehearsal for the 10 a.m. ceremony graduating Arts & Sciences, dentistry, law, medicine, music, nursing, public health and SIGS master’s students will be held 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
Rehearsal for business, education, Kent School of Social Work and Speed School of Engineering students will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
Rehearsal is required if you intend to walk at commencement. Students should enter the downtown Yum! Center arena from Main Street, and follow the escalators on the building’s east side.
Students should check in at the Yum! practice basketball court to line up. Students should see school banners in the lineup room, then proceed to their school banner and look for their place in line. Students will receive their name/number lineup card in the packet with their graduation apparel.
Following the ceremony, President James Ramsey will host a cake and punch reception for graduates and their guests from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main concourse of the Yum! Center. Family and friends are welcome to join.
Lineup for 10 a.m. graduates will be at 9:30 a.m. sharp on the day of the ceremony, May 12. Students will line up on the lower level of the Yum! Center.
Lineup for afternoon graduates will be at 1:30 p.m. sharp, on the day of the ceremony, May 12, also on the lower level at the Yum! Center.
Commencement generally lasts about 2 and a quarter hours per ceremony. Both ceremonies will be live streamed here.
Diplomas will not be given out at the ceremony. Graduates can pick them up at the Belknap Campus Registrar’s office about 6 to 8 weeks after commencement. The registrar’s office will notify students of when their diplomas are available.