Graduation and Convocation
Fall 2022 Graduation Ceremony
The College of Science Fall 2022 Convocation Ceremony will be on Friday, December 16 at 2:00pm MST at Centennial Hall. Doors will open at 1:00pm.
The ceremony will be livestreamed and recorded. Click here for the livestream.
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. MATH majors should email the Math Center to get started with their degree candidacy process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The College of Science Spring 2023 Convocation ceremony will be:
Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
Location: McKale Memorial Center
Please refer to the Commencement website for any additional updates
Applied Physics, Astronomy, Audiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Geosciences, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Natural Science for Teachers, Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, Physics, Planetary Sciences, Psychological Science, Psychology, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Statistics & Data Science and other GIDP degrees as well.
You will receive an email invite to RSVP in early November. You must RSVP by Thursday, December 1, to ensure that you are listed in the program. Immediately after submitting your RSVP, you will receive a confirmation email 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, you can pick up your complimentary tickets at: Gould Simpson Building, Room 929 from Nov. 14 – Dec. 5. on the following days and times:
*Exception of Thanksgiving holiday – office closed 11/22 & 11/23
You must RSVP for the ceremony before we give you your tickets. Please only request the actual number of tickets that you need (up to 10).
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 on Monday, December 12 from 10am - 5pm in Gould Simpson Room 929. You will be allowed up to five extra tickets 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.
The University of Arizona only hosts a Commencement ceremony during the spring semester. Students graduating in fall 2022 may choose to participate in the spring 2023 ceremony, if they prefer. Visit the Commencement web page at http://commencement.arizona.edu.
Please arrive by 1:00 pm, one hour before the ceremony begins at 2:00 pm. 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 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 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 2:00pm. Guests must have a ticket to enter.
Free parking is available throughout campus, but Main Gate Garage and Tyndall Avenue Garage are the closest parking areas to Centennial Hall.
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. On the UA Bookstore website, under the Graduation tab (top of the page) you can select either Undergrad cap & gowns or Graduate caps & gowns to order your graduation attire.
Please review the full Centennial Hall Security Policy - https://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 their cap & gown. Please send your mentor to this website if they have questions.
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On average, the College of Science Fall Convocation Ceremony runs 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
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 http://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