2024 Graduate School Commencement Week

Graduate School Recognition Ceremony
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2024 Graduate School Commencement Week 
Monday, May 6 – Saturday, May 11, 2024

Class of 2024, get ready to celebrate Commencement Week with the Graduate School, May 6-11, 2024. During this week of celebrations, we will recognize the individual and collective accomplishments of the Graduate School's summer and fall 2023 and spring 2024 graduates.

We are so excited to see you achieve this important milestone and look forward to celebrating with you, and your families, during Graduate School's Spring 2024 Hood Presentation and Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at Cramton Auditorium. The University-wide Main Commencement will be held at the Main Yard on Saturday, May 11, 2024 (in the case of inclement weather, this location may change). Each graduate will receive 4 free reserved seating tickets for family and friends. For more information about your department's or division's celebration, please contact your respective department directly.

Commencement Week Schedule
Monday, May 6

​​​​​​​Doctoral Student Regalia & Ticket Pick-Up
Time Details Location
May 6
10:00am - 1:00pm
Each graduating Ph.D. student who has met the academic and financial clearance obligations required by the University outlined in this policy is eligible to have four (4) reserved seating Commencement tickets for their guests.

Before ticket pick up please ensure you have met these requirements. If you miss your ticket pick-up window, you can return to the HU Bookstore on Friday, May 10, to obtain your tickets. You must present a valid photo ID at the time of pick up.

Regalia: If you placed a regalia order during the HU Bookstore Fair, your regalia will be available during your designated ticket pick-up window. If you placed a regalia order online, your regalia will be delivered directly to the shipping address you indicated in the online order.
HU Bookstore

Tuesday, May 7

Master’s and Certificate Student Regalia & Ticket Pick -Up
Time Details Location
May 7
10:00am - 1:00pm
Each graduating master's or certificate student who has met the academic and financial clearance obligations required by the University outlined in this policy is eligible to have four (4) reserved seating Commencement tickets for their guests.

Before ticket pick up please ensure you have met these requirements. If you miss your ticket pick-up window, you can return to the HU Bookstore on Friday, May 10, to obtain your tickets. You must present a valid photo ID at the time of pick up.

Regalia: If you placed a regalia order during the HU Bookstore Fair, your regalia will be available during your designated ticket pick-up window. If you placed a regalia order online, your regalia will be delivered directly to the shipping address you indicated in the online order.
HU Bookstore
All Graduates Info Session for Commencement Participation (Virtual)
Time Details Location
Date and Time TBD All Graduates Information Session for Commencement Participation (Prospective graduates and marshals are all expected to attend) Virtual Webinar (Look out for email update with the link)
Rehearsal for Graduate School Hood Presentation & Recognition Ceremony
Time Details Location
May 7
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Graduate School Ceremony Rehearsal for students and key graduation staff. All prospective graduates are required to attend. Cramton Auditorium
Master's Diploma Cover & Certificate Holder Pick-Up
Time Details Location
May 7
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Graduate School master's diploma cover & certificate holder pick-up (doctoral diploma covers will be provided to doctoral candidates during Main Commencement on the 11th as you walk across the stage). Cramton Auditorium

Graduate School Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, May 9
Schedule for Doctoral Candidates

Detailed instructions will be sent via email
Date & Time Details Location
May 9
12:00pm
Ph.D. Student Check- In and Name card Distribution Biology Auditorium
May 9
12:45pm
Ph.D. Candidates Photoshoot The Valley
May 9
1:15pm
Ph.D. Lineup and Ceremonial Walk Procession to Cramton
May 9
1:15pm -
1:40pm
Guests Proceed to Cramton Auditorium Cramton Auditorium
May 9
1:45pm
The Procession Begins Cramton Auditorium
May 9
2:00pm
Graduate School Hood Presentation & Recognition Ceremony Cramton Auditorium
May 9
4:00pm-
6:00pm
Annual President’s Reception Ballroom, Blackburn University Center

Thursday, May 9
Schedule for Master’s and Certificate Candidates

Detailed instructions sent via email
Date & Time Details Location
May 9
1:15pm
Master’s and Certificate Student Check- In, Name Card
Distribution, and Lineup
Cramton Auditorium
May 9
1:15pm -
1:40pm
Guests Proceed to Cramton Auditorium Cramton Auditorium
May 9
1:45pm
The Procession Begins Cramton Auditorium
May 9
2:00pm
Graduate School Hood Presentation & Recognition Ceremony Cramton Auditorium
May 9
4:00pm-
6:00pm
Annual President’s Reception Ballroom, Blackburn University Center

Commencement Prayer Breakfast

Friday, May 10

Date & Time Details Location
May 10
7:30am -
10:00am
Commencement Prayer Breakfast Ballroom, Blackburn University Student Center

Main Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 11
University Main Commencement 

Detailed instructions will be sent via email
Date & Time Details Location
May 11
7:00am
All Graduate School degree candidates must report to Greene Stadium in full regalia for line up. Greene Stadium
May 11
8:00am
Four (4) reserved seat tickets will be issued to each graduate who has fulfilled the academic and financial clearance process required by the University. Additional guests may be seated in the general seating section (i.e., bleacher seating) on a first-come, first-served basis. A ticket is not required for the general seating section. We encourage all guests to be seated by 8:30 a.m. to witness the procession of the graduates. Main Yard (In case of inclement Weather: Burr Gymnasium)
May 11
8:30am
The procession begins Main Yard (In case of inclement Weather: Burr Gymnasium)
May 11
10:00am
Graduation remarks begin Main Yard (In case of inclement Weather: Burr Gymnasium)
May 11
1:00pm
Commencement closes Main Yard (In case of inclement Weather: Burr Gymnasium)