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Graduate Commencement - December 2016

The university will hold its winter commencement ceremony for students receiving Master’s Degrees, Sixth Year Professional Di­plomas, and Doctoral Degrees.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515

Graduate Commencement

For Students

Please read important information about tickets and participating in commencement. If you foresee yourself completing your degree or diploma requirements this December 2016, you must complete the Application for Graduate Degree Form.

Important Information for Students

Eligible Commencement Participants

Students who completed their degree or diploma requirements in the Summer 2016 Sessions and Fall 2016 semester.

Mandatory Commencement Registration

Seating for your guests is limited in the Lyman Center. Only those who register for the Commencement will receive tickets for their guests. The number of guest tickets will be determined by the number of students who plan to attend. It is expected that each participant will receive a minimum of two 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 must be purchased before the day of Commencement. Regalia will not be available for purchase 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.  Please contact the bookstore at (203) 392-5270 for more information about how to order regalia.

Academic Procession for the Ceremony

The commencement procession will begin promptly at 7 p.m. 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 is 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 Lyman Center for Performing Arts is ticketed. Only those who register for Commencement will receive tickets for their guests. Each participant will receive a minimum of four 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 drivers license or student ID.

Ticket distribution:Pick up tickets in the office of Graduate Studies Research and Innovation located in Engleman Hall B110.

  • November 28 – December 1, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • December 2, 2016: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
  • December 5, 2016: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Tickets must be picked up by December 5, 2016. Those tickets not picked up by December 5, 2015 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 December 2016, you must complete the Application for Graduate Degree form.