Graduation &

College of Science Spring 2022 Convocation

Thursday, May 12, 2022
(doors open at 6pm)
McKale Center
Watch Live on YouTube or Vimeo
*Latest Updates on Covid-19 Response:

graduating student

Graduation and Convocation

Spring 2022 Graduation Ceremony

We are excited to announce the College of Science Spring 2022 Convocation Ceremony will be in-person on Thursday, May 12 at 7pm MST (doors will open at 6pm) at McKale Center.

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.


Take a moment to thoroughly review the Frequently Asked Questions section below. If you still have questions, please contact us at

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Check your student email account in early April for an invitation to RSVP for the Spring Commencement Ceremony. If you do not receive an email, please email Erin Deely immediately. You must RSVP by 11:59pm on Thursday, April 28th. Immediately after submitting your RSVP, you will receive a confirmation message. If you do not get a confirmation, your RSVP did not go through.

Guests do not need tickets to attend. There is ample seating inside McKale Center (basketball arena) and seating is on a first-come, first-served 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.

Please arrive by 5:30 pm, one and 1/2 hours before the ceremony begins at 7pm. Graduating students will need to check-in at the registration tables to get your name card to be read when 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 guided to your seat in the student section with 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 name 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 McKale Center will open at 6pm and the ceremony begins at 7pm. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Parking is free during graduation ceremonies in parking garages and street parking not requiring a permit. Main Gate Garage and Cherry Garage are the closest parking areas to McKale Center. 

View the campus map for accessible parking and disability-related access information for each UArizona athletic venue 

We encourage you to wear cap and gown, but you can also wear business dress. Cap and gowns are available for sale through the UA Bookstore.

Latest Updates on Covid-19 Response:

Please review the McKale Clear Bag & other policies by clicking here.

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.

We reserve seats near the stage for mentors. When your department is called, your mentor will follow you onto the stage and hood you. There will be a hooding box in the center of the stage.  Faculty advisors stand on the box, the student turns and faces away from them while they place the hood over the student's head.  Graduate students being hooded, must wear cap & gown. We ask that faculty advisors hooding students also wear regalia or business attire. Please send your mentor to this website if they have questions.

When you RSVP, you will indicate if you want to be contacted by the photographer or you can go to to order your prints.

Dr. Christina Kwong, who is a University of Arizona’s College of Science alumna and Flinn Scholar with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine and specializes in pediatrics, allergy/immunology and obesity medicine.


  • Seating for ceremonies is general admission without seat reservations, please plan to arrive early for best seating options.
  • Due to limited capacity, wheelchair users may have one companion/guest accompany them.

McKale Center is wheelchair accessible with ample seating on the Mezzanine level. Elevators to access this level are located on the south east side of the building.

With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations (wheelchair rental) for graduates or guests attending the College of Science Spring 2022 Convocation, contact Disabilities Resource Center at

View the campus map for accessible parking and disability-related access information for each UArizona athletic venue (i.e. stadium, McKale, Hillenbrand, etc.)  

The ceremony will be livestreamed and closed captioning will appear on large monitors near the stage. Please contact Erin Deely at should your family or guests need seating in proximity to those monitors.

The ceremony will be live-streamed and recorded on the College of Science YouTube channel. Click here for the Ceremony link.

On average, the College of Science Spring Graduation ceremony runs from 2 hrs to 2.5 hrs from start to finish.

The University of Arizona only hosts a Commencement ceremony during the spring semester. Students graduating in fall 2021, spring & summer 2022 may participate in the spring 2022 ceremony, if they choose. Visit the Commencement web page at

Information for advisors can be found here.

Submit department commencement events here.

Watch the College of Science Spring 2022 Convocation Ceremony