December Undergraduate Commencement 2014

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The university will hold its mid-year undergraduate commencement in the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, beginning with an academic procession originating from Engleman Hall at 2 p.m. Located on campus, the center can seat up to 1,000 guests.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 • 2 p.m.
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts 
501 Crescent Street • New Haven, CT 06515

Graduates celebratingAccessibility

The center is wheelchair-accessible and will provide services for guests with disabilities. These services, available on a first-come, first-served basis, include handicapped parking, wheelchair locations with companion seating, sign language interpreting, and programs in large-print and alternative formats.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to participate in December Commencement if your total earned credits plus your fall 2014 registered credits are equal to or greater than 120 and have applied for a fall 2014 degree. 

If you missed the April 1 deadline to apply for a fall 2014 degree, send an e-mail from your Owls e-mail account to indicating December 2014 Graduation in the subject line. Write that you missed the April 1 deadline and include your student ID number and full name in the email. Please note this action is not considered applying. An application will be sent to your Owls email account. Completed applications must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by November 1, 2014, in order for you to participate in the December commencement ceremony.   

Guest Tickets, Reader Cards and Honors Cords

All guests are required to have a ticket. Tickets will be distributed at the Adanti Student Center. Each candidate will receive up to two guest tickets. If you do not need both tickets, please leave them so that others may use them. If additional tickets are available, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. All guest seating is unreserved general admission.

The ceremony will be streamed live to the Adanti Student Center Theater, and online at commencement.

Eligible students participating in Commencement must pick up their reader card and guest tickets by December 10. Students eligible to participate in Commencement must have applied for a fall 2014 degree with the Registrar’s Office and students must have earned equal to or greater than 120 credits.

Distribution Schedule

Tickets are available for pick-up at the Adanti Student Center Information Desk on the following dates:

If additional tickets are available, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who request additional tickets will be notified by email regarding the distribution date.

Honors Cords

Students who choose to participate in the December commencement ceremony and are receiving magna, summa or cum laude honors may pick up their honors cord with their reader cards and guest tickets.

Caps and Gowns

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must purchase a cap and gown at the university bookstore in order to participate in the ceremony. Caps and gowns will be available beginning Monday, December 1, and cost $41.

Parking and Check-In

Ample parking is available in the lots and garages on campus.

The graduate procession assembly area in Engleman Hall Rotunda opens at 12:30 p.m. All students are asked to arrive at the assembly area no later than 1 p.m.

Audience seating in Lyman Center begins at 1 p.m. Ticketed guests will enter Lyman Center through the front entrance and candidates are asked to move immediately to the check-in area in Engleman Hall Rotunda. Guests are asked not to visit in the in the assembly area.


The procession assembly will begin in the Engleman Hall Rotunda. All graduation candidates must have a commencement reader card to be admitted to the Engleman Hall assembly area. Candidates should not go to Lyman Center before the event. Commencement marshals will direct candidates to their respective schools for line placement. The commencement reader card will enable the school marshals to assist in lining up candidates correctly. Please note that personal items such as handbags and cameras should be left with your guests and may not be brought to the assembly area.


You must be in line no later than 1:30 p.m., so that the commencement procession can begin promptly at 2 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 2:15 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. As you line up for the procession, you should have your reader card. If your name is difficult to pronounce, print it phonetically (example: John P. Sobelesky = “So-ba-LESski”). This will help us pronounce your name correctly as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Degree candidates will line up for the procession by schools. The list of schools and majors follows:

School of Arts and Sciences

- Anthropology - Art Education - Art History - Art, Studio - Biochemistry - Biology - Chemistry - Communication - Computer Science - Earth Science - Economics (B.A.) - English - French - Geography - German - History - Italian - Journalism - Liberal Studies - Mathematics - Media Studies - Music - Philosophy - Physics - Political Science - Psychology - Sociology - Spanish - Theatre

School of Business

- Accounting - Business Economics (B.S.) - Finance - International Business - Management - Management Info Systems (MIS) - Marketing

School of Education

- Athletic Training - Early Childhood - Elementary Education - Elementary Education/Bilingual Education - Elementary Education/Special Education Collaborative - Exercise Science - Information and Library Science - Special Education School of Health and Human Services - Communication Disorders - Nursing - Public Health - Recreation and Leisure Studies - Social Work


You will receive your diploma by school. Your dean will ask you to stand at the appropriate time in the ceremony. You will then be asked to come forward to receive your diploma jacket on stage.

The university has arranged for a private professional photographer to take photographs of you receiving your diploma jacket on stage. The photographer’s website is The photographer will contact students before the ceremony about these photographs. Guests will not be allowed to take photographs near the stage or in the graduate seating area. Out of respect for your classmates, you must return to your seat after receiving your degree and remain there until all graduates have received their degrees.


Past classes have established a tradition of dignified behavior befitting an academic event as important as commencement. Our faculty is confident that your class will continue this tradition. We invite you to participate in commencement with the understanding that the faculty will not tolerate disruptive behavior. Remember, the relatives of students and friends of the university attend this ceremony. It is up to you to make a positive last impression.


Student organizations and the university bookstore will be on site offering students and their guests the opportunity to purchase flowers and other merchandise. Please consider supporting their efforts, as proceeds from sales benefit student clubs. Please note that helium balloons are not permitted in Lyman Center.