Graduation and Commencement
Fall 2021 Graduation Ceremony
We are excited to announce that the College of Science, Fall 2021 Graduation Ceremony will be in-person, on Saturday, December 18th at 2 pm MST (doors will open at 1 pm) at Centennial Hall. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more detailed information.
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.
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 College of Science, Spring 2022 graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm in McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus. More details will be made available in March 2022.
You will receive an email invite in November, visit the link and follow the instructions.
You must RSVP by Wednesday, December 1, to ensure that you are listed in the program. You will be directed to a Career Destination survey and must fill this out prior to completing your College of Science RSVP. Immediately after submitting your RSVP, you will receive a confirmation message. If you do not get a confirmation, your RSVP did not go through.
There is no charge for tickets. Each student is allowed up to 10 guests (seats). After you RSVP online you can pick-up your complimentary tickets at: Gould Simpson Bldg, Rm 929 in early December (times TBD). YOU MUST RSVP FOR THE CEREMONY BEFORE WE WILL RELEASE YOUR TICKETS. Please only request the actual number of tickets that you need (up to 10). There is no charge for tickets.
Due to the increase in the number of graduates, we must carefully monitor our guest numbers to coincide with Centennial Hall's seating capacity. Extra tickets will ONLY be available the week of graduation: Dates/times are TBA. You will be allowed up to 5 extra tickets on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE basis.
Yes, you may still participate, but you will not have a personalized slide as you cross the stage and may not have your name listed in the event program.
The University of Arizona only hosts a Commencement ceremony during the spring semester. Students graduating in fall 2021 may participate in the spring 2022 ceremony, if they choose. Visit the Commencement web page at commencement.arizona.edu.
Please arrive by 1:00 pm, one hour before the ceremony begins at 2pm. Graduating students will need to check-in at the front tables by the box office to get your name card to be read as you are recognized on stage.
All graduates will be ushered to sit with their departments. If you have more than one major in the College of Science, you choose which department to sit with.
You will be seated in Centennial Hall in your department. 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, then by PhD's. You will hand your card to the person wearing the headphones backstage. They will hand it back to you, and then you move forward and hand it to the name reader. Don't worry - it's very easy and goes very fast once you see it done the first time.
The doors to Centennial Hall will open at 1pm and the ceremony starts at 2pm. Guests must have a ticket to enter.
Please review the full Centennial Hall Security Policy at centhall.org/visit-us/security-policy/
Bags larger than 12” x 6” x 12” are not permitted. Anyone entering premises is subject to a search of personal belongings, including but not limited to inspection of bags, purses, strollers, coats, hats, and wheelchairs.
Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection, including but not limited to oxygen tanks, diabetes kits, allergy pens, etc. Centennial Hall will not safeguard any personal belongings or items of any type.
We reserve seats near the stage for mentors. When your department is called, your mentor will follow you onto the stage and hood you. Graduate students being hooded, must wear cap & gown. Please send your mentor to this website if they have questions.
Dr. Joyce Schroeder, University of Arizona distinguished alumni
Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology Professor, BIO5 Institute
Research focus: Dr. Schroeder’s research interests are in the area of breast cancer progression and invasion.
The stage for commencement is wheelchair accessible.
For anyone needing assistance to and from the graduation ceremony, contact the UA Parking and Transportation Department, 626-7275 or at parking.arizona.edu.
The Disability Resource Center provides information regarding captioning and interpreters, and some venue specific information such as parking, assistive listening, and more at www.commencement.arizona.edu/disability-related-access
If you still have questions, please contact us at email@example.com
Information for advisors can be found here.
Submit department commencement events here.
2020 Postponed Ceremony
The University of Arizona will celebrate the Class of 2020 on campus during Homecoming weekend. Graduates and limited guests are invited to an in-person, graduation ceremony on Friday, November 5th @ 4:00 pm, in front of Old Main.
The deadline to reserve your spot is October 29th, 2021.