Q: What is the difference between a Commencement and Convocation?

Convocations are the ceremonies in which each individual college organizes to honor their graduates. In most cases, the student's name is read and they proceed across a stage. Commencement is the university wide celebration, in which all colleges attend, and where the students' degrees are conferred by the UA's president. 

Q: Will my name be in the program?

*August candidates will be listed in the commencement program for the preceding May. December/Winter candidates, whose degrees have been awarded, will be listed in the following Spring commencement program.

Example: The program for this May (2017) will contain the names of: December 2016/Winter 2016 (awarded), May 2017 (applied), August 2017 (applied).

Q: Who do I contact for more information?

Please call (520) 621-3644 or email commencement@email.arizona.edu if you have any questions about Commencement that are not addressed here.

Members of the media, go here for more information.

Q: Where do I park?

Parking is available in all garages and surface lots.

Q: How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony is projected to be 90-120 minutes long from start to finish.

Q: Will pictures be taken at the ceremony?

Photographers will be available near the assembly area.

Q: Where can I get announcements printed?

Custom-printed announcements are available at the U of A Bookstores, where you can also purchase diploma frames, caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels.

Q: Where can I buy my cap and gown?

Caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods are available at the U of A Bookstores, where you can also purchase diploma frames, gifts for grads, and custom-printed announcements. For more information, visit the Cap and Gown Information page.

Q: Do I need to wear regalia to the ceremony (cap & gown)?


Q: Does my family need tickets to attend?

No. Tickets are not needed to attend commencement, but you still have to RSVP for your guests. However, your college convocation may require tickets. Check with your college.

Q: When does the commencement start?

The Commencement ceremony starts at 7:30pm, with gates to the stadium opening at 5:30pm.