College of Arts and Sciences

5:30 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015
University Quadrangle, Mount Carmel Campus

Commencement The 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, May 17, on the University Quadrangle.

In the event of rain, ceremonies will be held in the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus. Please see "In Case of Inclement Weather" section for further details.

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CommencementPost Ceremony:
Following the ceremony, light snacks and beverages will be served at a reception in a tent adjacent to Tator Hall. In the event of rain, the reception will be held in the Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel 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.

Parents Reception:
Parents and their graduates are invited to attend a reception on Saturday, May 16, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on the Quadrangle of the Mount Carmel Campus. The rain site is the Recreation Center and Burt Kahn Court.

There are no tickets or advance reservations required for this event.

Religious Services
Further information on religious services taking place on-campus will be posted.

Kal PennThe speaker for the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony was:

Kal Penn
Kal Penn made his mark in Hollywood playing roles in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and on the popular TV shows "How I Met Your Mother" and "House M.D." One of Penn's most impressive roles, however, occurred in a house on the opposite coast.

From 2009-11, Mr. Penn acted on his longtime interest in politics by taking on the role of associate director at the White House Office of Public Engagement. He worked on repealing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, increasing college financial aid and bringing Americans back from Iraq. He also served as President Barack Obama's liaison to young Americans and served as a bridge to the arts community and to Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders.

In addition to the "Harold and Kumar" franchise, Penn has selected diverse roles in hits such as "Superman Returns," "The Namesake" and Fox's "24." He now has a role on CBS's "Battle Creek," a series by the creator of "Breaking Bad," and he's the host of National Geographic's new science series, "The Big Picture." The show looks at the powerful stories behind data.

The New Jersey native was born Kalpen Modi. His parents emigrated from India. He graduated from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television in 2000 and has taught courses on media, politics and Asian-Americans in pop culture at both UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. He is finishing a graduate certificate in international security at Stanford University.

CommencementOn Sunday, May 17, all College of Arts and Sciences candidates for undergraduate degrees should report dressed in caps and gowns to the first floor of Tator Hall  by 4:30 p.m. (otherwise participation in the ceremony is not guaranteed).

Students will line up alphabetically in accordance with the numbered card they receive when they check in.

CommencementGraduates 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.

Commencement Travel:
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 4,000 people attend each ceremony, so attendees should anticipate traffic delays.

Information on hotels and restaurants
Directions to our campuses

Parking for Commencement will be available at the University. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas.

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.

Indoor Rain Tickets:
For tickets for those with disabilities, please contact the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3757 after Feb. 9, 2015.

CommencementCommencement is a time filled with excitement and achievement. 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.

video icon View the archived recording of the live webcast.

Commencement programs listing graduates' names will be distributed at the ceremony.

Photography - Information for Parents and Families:
To help you take pictures of your graduate receiving his or her degree, a special runway near the stage has been constructed. A color-coded, numbered card, corresponding to your son's or daughter's place in line will be sent to the student's home address in April. The card gives one family member access to the photographic station at the time that the student receives his or her degree. Please note, in order to give everyone access, you must leave the photo ramp immediately after your son or daughter has crossed the stage.

For those taking long-range photos with telephoto lenses or video cameras, another platform at the rear of the audience section will be available to provide an unobstructed view.

Finally, a professional photographer from Grad Images will also 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 outdoor ceremony will have open seating and no tickets will be required.

Indoor Inclement Weather (in the event of rain only): In the event of rain, tickets are required for the indoor ceremonies. Please note, your guests only need tickets for admission if the Commencement ceremonies are forced indoors. 

Graduating students who have not picked up their inclement weather tickets may do so on Saturday, May 16 at the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or at the Parents Reception from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Each graduate is permitted eight ceremony tickets for the basketball arena, where the ceremony is held. The ceremony will also be simulcast in the adjacent hockey arena. General admission will be available for the simulcast arena. Both the ceremony and simulcast arenas are in the same building and connected by a common lobby.

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Please note that there will be no additional tickets available. If there is a need for more tickets, students should ask fellow classmates who may not be using all of their tickets. In person pick-up dates will also be available. All eligible students will receive further ticket information via email to their Quinnipiac email address in February.

Announcement Cards:
Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

CommencementCaps and Gowns:
Please pre-order your cap and gown.

Students will 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 call the Bookstore after April 16 at 203-582-8431 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Someone will return your call for full shipping information. Please note, the cap and gown are free of charge but there is a $10 shipping fee.

Please call 203-582-8431 with any cap and gown questions.

Cords representing University recognized academic honors societies and the University Honors Program are permitted. Gold cords representing the academic honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude will be issued during line-up on the day of Commencement.

Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood, and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

CommencementIn event of inclement weather, students should report for line up at the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor (York Hill Campus) by 4:30 p.m.

The decision to move Commencement exercises indoors will be made as early as possible. If you have any doubt about the location of the ceremony, please call 203-582-8989 after 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. You also may tune your radio to WQUN-AM 1220 or visit Please plan to arrive early to avoid traffic tie-ups.

For rain ceremony ticket information, please see the "Tickets" section.