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Graduate Commencement - May 2017

The university will hold its spring commencement ceremony for students receiving Master’s Degrees, Sixth Year Professional Diplomas, and Doctoral Degrees. The afternoon commencement will be held at 2 p.m. for the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Health & Human Services. The evening commencement will be held at 7 p.m. for the School of Business and the School of Education, including Library Science.

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515

Graduate students during commencement

For Students

Please read important information about tickets and participating in commencement. If you foresee yourself completing your degree or diploma requirements this May 2017 and would like to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must complete both the Application for Graduate Degree Form and Application to Participate in the Graduate Ceremony.

Important Information for Students

Eligible Commencement Participants

Students who completed their degree or diploma requirements in the spring 2017 semester or summer term.

Mandatory Commencement Registration

The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts has limited seating, and as such, only those students who register for commencement will receive tickets for their guests. The number of guest tickets will be determined by the number of students who plan to attend; however, it is expected that each participant will receive a minimum of two (2) tickets.

Academic Regalia

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 will be available for purchase through the campus bookstore on Monday, April 3rd. Students receiving a Master’s Degree or Sixth Year Diploma must purchase their academic regalia at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the ceremony, while doctoral students will need to purchase their regalia at least 4-6 weeks in advance of commencement.  No academic regalia will be available for purchase on 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 ceremony.  Please contact the SCSU bookstore at (203) 392-5270 for more information about how to order regalia.

Academic Procession for the Ceremony

The afternoon commencement procession will begin promptly at 2 p.m. for the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Health & Human Services. 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. for the School of Business and the School of Education, including Library Science. 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 are 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.

Guest Tickets

All seating in the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts is ticketed. Only those who register for commencement will receive tickets for their guests. It is anticipated that each participant will receive a minimum of two (2) 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 driver’s license or student ID.

Ticket distribution: Pick up tickets in the office of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation located on the 4th floor of the Buley Library, Suite 444.

  • April 17 – April 20, 2017: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 21, 2017: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
  • April 24, 2017: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Tickets must be picked up by April 24, 2017. Those tickets not picked up by April 24, 2017 will be distributed to others seeking additional tickets for the ceremony.

Not Participating?

If your plans have changed and you will not be participating in the ceremony, please contact Graduate Studies, Research, & Innovation by phone: (203) 392- 5240; by fax: (203) 392-5235; or email: GSRI-Info@SouthernCT.edu.

Application to Participate in the Graduate Ceremony

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 2017, you must complete the Application for Graduate Degree form.