College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m., at the TD Bank Sports Center, York Hill Campus.
- Ceremony Location
- Speaker Information
- Ceremony Protocol
- Travel + Parking
- Programs, Photography + Flowers
- Commencement Fair
- Caps + Gowns
- Persons with Disabilities Arrangements
The 2015 Graduate Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus.
Consistent with University policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremony. In order to maintain the dignity of the proceedings, and in recognition of the importance of the day in the lives of our graduates and their families, we ask for your assistance with respect to our alcoholic beverage policy. Thank you for your cooperation.
The speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Graduate Commencement ceremony will be announced soon.
On Saturday, May 9, all College of Arts & Sciences, School of Health Sciences, and School of Nursing candidates for graduate degrees should report dressed in caps and gowns to the floor of the hockey arena by 2 p.m.
Students will line up alphabetically in accordance with the numbered card they receive when they check in.
Late arrivals are not guaranteed to participate in the ceremony.
Graduates will stand and remain quiet as the faculty, staff and platform participants march to their seats. During the invocation, all should stand. After the invocation, all are seated, following the example of those on the platform. Except for the time when graduates receive their degree, they are expected to remain seated during the ceremony.
Each group of graduates will be called in order; the marshal will direct the groups to the platform area at the correct time. Each graduate will have received a card with his or her name on it. As graduates approach the platform, they will present this card to the dean, who will then read the student's name. After receiving the diploma cover and shaking the President's hand, graduates will cross the stage and return to their seat. Once the entire group has returned to their seats, the president will announce the conferral of degrees ("By the power vested in me by the Board of Trustees, I hereby confer upon you the degree of..."). After he has finished speaking, students will move the tassel to the left of side of the cap.
When the ceremonies are over, the audience will rise for the benediction. Men should remove their caps and replace them when the benediction is finished. All graduates will remain standing while the Commencement participants exit. The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty and staff, followed by the graduates. Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood, and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.
Please keep in mind, several area universities are holding their commencement ceremonies on the same weekend as Quinnipiac. For this reason, please allow additional travel time when planning your arrival for Commencement.
Please make sure to arrive as early as possible (at least 60 minutes before the Commencement processional begins). Roughly 3,000 people attend each ceremony, so attendees should anticipate traffic delays.
Parking for Commencement will be available at the University. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas.
We extend a special invitation to you to join us on the web for this year's celebration, which unites students, parents, faculty and administration.
Please check back on May 9 for a link to the live webcast.
Commencement programs listing graduates' names will be distributed at the ceremony.
A professional photographer from Grad Images will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail or friends and family e-mail addresses and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Preregister at Grad Images.
Graduates are requested to remain seated for the entire ceremony, except for when they receive their degrees.
Flowers will be available for purchase for the convenience of family and friends.
The Commencement Fair will be held on the Mount Carmel Campus on Monday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Piazza of the Carl Hansen Student Center.
It will also be held on the North Haven Campus on Wednesday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Representatives from all offices involved in Commencement will distribute caps and gowns and answer questions.
Tickets will be distributed online. Please see the "Tickets" section for more information.
Information regarding the number of tickets per graduate and distribution of tickets will be posted in December.
Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.
Students will be able to pre-order their caps and gowns beginning Feb. 9. More information, including a link, will be posted here and emailed to eligible students.
Students will then be able to pick up their cap and gown at the Commencement Fair. Please see the "Commencement Fair" section for dates, times and locations.
If you are unable to pick-up your cap and gown in person, someone may do it for you. If you would like your cap and gown shipped to you, please leave a message with your name and phone number at 203-582-8431. Someone will return your call for full shipping information. Please note, the cap and gown are free of charge but there is a $6.95 shipping fee.
Please call 203-582-8431 with any gown questions.
Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood, and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.
If you or a member of your family has a disability that requires special parking accommodations, please call Pat Polvani after April 13, 2015, at 203-582-8479. She will be happy to assist you.
For tickets for those with disabilities, please contact the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3757 after Feb. 9, 2015.