Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our newest graduates on Saturday, December 16, at the American Bank Center arena! The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for graduates from the College of Business, the College of Education & Human Development, and the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science & Engineering. Doors open one hour before each ceremony. Please visit our commencement page below for more information.
About the venue: The American Bank Center is located at 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. The arena is open seating. Per venue policy, no purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag, outside food or drink, balloons, vases, air horns, beach balls or tripods will be allowed in the arena. Please see the venue website (link below) for more information.
Watch our live broadcast online: Can't make it to the ceremony? We'll be live streaming both events on our Commencement website!
Photos and DVDs: Flash Photography will be photographing each graduate at the commencement ceremony. These photos, as well as recordings of the ceremony, will be available for purchase after the ceremony. Please see our Commencement website for more information.
The Teacher Education Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
The ceremony is hosted by the College of Education and Human Development and will recognize students' achievement of becoming professional educators. The formal recognition includes students receiving medallions, which can be worn over the graduates' gowns at commencement.
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, will hold its induction ceremony on Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
The honor society consists of registered nurses who are earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduate students who are earning a Master of Science in Nursing, and nurse leaders who are in the community. Membership is by invitation only and extended to those who meet qualifications of excellence in academics and in professional conduct. Each inductee will receive a lavender honor cord and a lapel ribbon.
The event is open to nursing students, inductees, their families and the public.
The Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 15, at 10 a.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. This ceremony marks the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to enlisted officers.
The ceremony includes the pinning of lieutenant’s bars by the soldier's loved ones, and the Silver Dollar Salute, an Army tradition in which a newly commissioned second lieutenant presents a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes him. The coin symbolically acknowledges the receipt of respect due to the new rank and position.
The College of Science and Engineering Hooding and Cording Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 15, at 2 p.m. in Island Hall, Rm. 160.
All students graduating with master’s degrees from the College of Science and Engineering are eligible to be hooded at the ceremony. In addition, undergraduate students can be recognized for their research alongside a faculty mentor and can receive undergraduate research cords.
The College of Education and Human Development Hooding Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.
The ceremony recognizes students' achievement in earning their master's or doctoral degrees. The ceremony is also a chance for graduates to recognize the family, friends, and educators whose support helped make their graduation possible.