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Graduation and Commencement

Applying for Graduation or Filing for Degree Candidacy

Important: For undergraduate students, graduation from the University of Arizona requires a degree audit (also known as a degree check) in order to award a diploma, and there is a $50 candidacy fee involved. Students are strongly urged to begin this process and file for degree candidacy before registering for the last semester of course work, but not more than 1 year before the planned graduation date. Visit the UA Office of the Registrar website for more information.

  • Students graduating in December (fall) or January (winter) must file for degree candidacy by September 1st.
  • Students graduating in May (spring) for August (summer) must file for degree candidacy by February 1st. 

To file for degree candidacy, students in the College of Science must begin the process with their major advisor. Students in MATH, PHYS, and ASTR should come to Gould-Simpson room 1017 to file for candidacy.

Late fees of $50 will also apply to students who file after the deadline.

The College of Science Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Date & Time: Thursday, May 14th, 2020. 6:00 PM

Location: McKale Memorial Center 1721 E. Enke Dr.

Students graduating in May 2020 will receive an email with instructions in mid-March.


Instructions on how to RSVP for the College of Science 2020 Spring ceremony will be sent in an email invitation mid-March to all students who are eligible and/or who have applied for graduation through UACCESS. If you have not received an email invitation by April 1st, please check back on this website for RSVP instructions, or speak with your advisor.  

No tickets are needed and there is no charge for guests. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis in McKale.

Astronomy, Audiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Hydrology & Water Resources, General Biology, Geosciences, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Natural Science for Teachers, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Physics, Planetary Sciences, Psychological Science, Psychology, Psychology, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and other GIDP degrees as well.

The ceremony begins at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 14 2020, so graduates will need to check-in at the student registration table to get their name card at least 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

Guests sit in the stands. All graduates will be ushered to sit with their department on the floor of the arena. If you have a 2 or more majors/degrees in the College of Science, you are welcome to sit with the department you prefer.

An usher will signal your department to line up at the right of the stage. Undergraduates will line up first, followed by Master's students, followed by PhD students. You will hand your card to a person at the top of the ramp, they will hand it back to you, and then you move forward and hand it to the name reader. Please note: No children are allowed on stage with graduates.

Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. for family and guests to find seating.

Cherry Street garage is free and the closest parking garage to McKale Center.  This garage will likely fill quickly so allow plenty of time to find parking. You can refer to the visitors parking map for other options near McKale.

We encourage you to wear cap and gown (zipped up), or business dress. Graduate students who will be hooded, must wear cap & gown.  Order your cap and gown from the UA Bookstore online or during GRADFEST.

Absolutely NO BALLOONS, CONFETTI or Silly String of any kind is allowed at the ceremony for various reasons. Students that violate this rule will be asked to leave the ceremony.

GradImages Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at or email  Their customer care representatives will assist graduates and family members with anything they need.

We reserve seats near the stage for mentors/hooders. When we line up the graduates for your department, your mentor will follow you onto the stage and hood you. Please see link for hooding tutorial.

To be announced in early March.

The stage for commencement is wheelchair accessible and will have two large closed caption screens. Should you need to arrange for disabled guests, please call the UA Disability Resource Center or visit the website for more information: (520) 621-3268

Friday, May 15, 2020 7:30 P.M. at the Arizona Stadium. Visit the Commencement web page for more information including details about individual Colleges and their ceremonies.

Arizona Athletics has instituted a new clear bag policy for all of its venues. The policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into our venues. The following is a list of bags that will be accepted for entry:

  • Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, after being searched
  • Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection, including but not limited to oxygen tanks, diabetes kits, allergy pens, etc.

If you still have questions, please contact us at

Information for advisors can be found here.

Submit department commencement events here.