The 2013 Graduate Commencement was held at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 12, at the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus. View coverage from the ceremony.
- Time, Location + Order of Processional
- Ceremony Location + Reception
- Programs, Photography + Flowers
- Speaker Information
- Cap + Gown Information
- Tickets + Invitations
- Commencement Fair
On Sunday, May 12, all candidates for degrees should report to the following locations in the TD Bank Sports Center, dressed in their caps and gowns by 9 a.m. (otherwise we cannot guarantee participation in the ceremony).
College of Arts and Sciences: Students line up on the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena hallway
School of Business: Students line up on the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor
School of Communications: Students line up on the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor
School of Education: Students line up on the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor
School of Health Sciences: Students line up on the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor
School of Nursing: Students line up on the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor
Students will line up alphabetically in accordance with the numbered card they receive when checking in. At 9:45 a.m., the Commencement marshals will lead students in the procession and direct them to their seats.
Graduates must 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 receiving the degree, graduates are expected to remain seated during the ceremony.
Each group of graduates will be called in order; the marshal will direct the group to the platform area at the correct time. Graduates will have received a card with their name on it when checking in (at the line-up area). As graduates approach the platform, they will present this card to the Dean, who will then read the name. After receiving the diploma cover and shaking the President's hand, graduates will cross the stage and return to their seats. 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, the tassel can be moved to the left 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. Graduates may keep the academic robe, cap, hood, and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.
The 2013 Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 12, at the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus.
Following the ceremonies, light snacks and beverages will be served at a reception in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus.
Consistent with University policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremonies. 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 very much for your cooperation.
From Interstate 91
Take Exit 10 (Route 40 connector) to Route 10 North (Whitney Avenue). Go for three-quarters of a mile and turn left onto Sherman Avenue. The TD Bank Sports Center is approximately one-quarter of a mile on the right, across from a hiking/biking trail and its parking lot.
From Route 15 (Merritt Parkway)
Take Exit 61, Route 10 North (Whitney Avenue). Go for 2.7 miles and turn left onto Sherman Avenue. The TD Bank Sports Center is approximate one-quarter of a mile on the right across from a hiking/biking trail and its parking lot.
Maintaining the safety and security of everyone taking part in our commencement ceremonies at Quinnipiac University is of utmost importance. To that end, certain items are prohibited at the TD Bank Sports Center. No alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp onto bleachers, noisemaking devices, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks or poles or weapons of any type are permitted. Neither graduates nor their guests may bring any of these items into the ceremonies.
Guests will be subject to visual inspection of person, bags and clothing that can conceal prohibited items. Please feel free to bring cameras, video recorders, uncased binoculars, small handbags, pagers, cell phones, seat cushions, "umbrella"-type strollers and clothes for weather conditions. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Parking will be available at the York Hill Campus. Please see map for details.
If you or a member of your family has a disability that requires special accommodations, please call Pat Polvani after April 15, 2013, at 203-582-8479. She will be happy to assist you.
Commencement 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.
View an archived recording of the live webcast of the ceremony.
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; you will receive a proof within 5-7 days following the ceremony. You may also order online at www.gradimages.com or by calling 800-424-3686. Graduates can preregister their e-mail, friends and family e-mail addresses and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Preregister at http://www.gradimages.com/Register.cfm
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.
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.
Denise D'Ascenzo will address the 2013 class of graduate students on Sunday, May 12.
Denise D'Ascenzo, weekday anchor of WFSB-TV's 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts, who has traveled extensively to cover stories across Connecticut and around the world since joining the Eyewitness News team in 1986 and is one of just a handful of journalists invited to interview Oprah Winfrey, will address the University's graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of business, communications, education, health sciences and nursing in the TD Bank Sports Center at 10 a.m.
D'Ascenzo's work has been recognized by her peers with dozens of awards, including six Emmy's, seven Associated Press Awards and a prestigious Gabriel award.
All candidates for degrees must report dressed in their cap and gown.
Beginning Monday, April 22, students will be able to pick up their cap and gown at the Upper Level of the bookstore Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.
Friends and relatives may pick up gowns with the student's height. Please call 203-582-8431 with any gown questions.
Students - if you have previously registered for your Graduate Commencement tickets and need to print them, please use this link: Student Portal.
Each student will receive four tickets to distribute to family and friends, which must be presented for admission to the ceremony in the arena. Graduating students will not be required to have tickets.
Additional guests without tickets may view the ceremonies on closed-circuit television in the hockey arena. 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 need all of their tickets.
Tickets will be sent via e-mail after the graduate registers for the tickets. All eligible students will receive the ticket registration link via e-mail beginning March 28.
Each student will receive a package of four invitations to distribute to family and friends. Please note that these are not admission or seating tickets. Each student will receive four tickets.
It will also be held on the North Haven Campus on Wednesday, April 17, 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 available online. Please see the "Tickets + Invitations" section for more information.