College of Arts and Sciences
6 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 2014
University Quadrangle, Mount Carmel Campus
- Ceremony Location
- Receptions + Religious Services
- Speaker Information
- Ceremony Protocol
- Travel + Parking
- Persons with Disabilities Arrangements
- Programs, Photography + Flowers
- Commencement Fair
- Tickets + Invitations
- Cap + Gown Information
- In Case of Inclement Weather
The 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 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 Severe Weather" section for further details.
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 and their graduates are invited to attend a reception on Saturday, May 17, 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.
On Sunday, May 18, all College of Arts and Sciences candidates for undergraduate degrees should report to the following locations dressed in caps and gowns by 5 p.m. (otherwise participation in the ceremony is not guaranteed).
- College of Arts and Sciences:Tator Hall First Floor
Students will line up alphabetically in accordance with the numbered card they receive when they check in.
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 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 15, 2014, 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 once the indoor rain ticket registration link has been received.
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.
A link to the webcast will be provided on the day of the ceremony.
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 http://www.gradimages.com/Register.cfm.
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 in on the Mount Carmel Campus on Monday, April 14, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. - 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 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Representatives from all offices involved in Commencement will distribute caps and gowns and answer questions.
Indoor rain tickets will be distributed online. Please see the "Tickets + Invitations" section for more information.
Outdoor: The outdoor ceremony will have open seating and no tickets will be required.
Indoor Rain Tickets (in the event of rain only): In the event of rain, tickets are required for the indoor ceremonies.
Each student will receive eight tickets - for the appropriate indoor ceremony only - which must be presented for admission to the indoor rain ceremonies. Four tickets will be for the basketball arena, where the ceremony is held and four tickets will be for the adjacent hockey arena, where the ceremony will be simulcast. Please note that both the basketball and hockey arenas are in the same building and connected by a common lobby. Graduating students will not be 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 need all of their tickets.
Indoor rain ceremony 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 to their Quinnipiac e-mail address in February.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus at 6 p.m.
Each student will receive a package of four invitations to send to family and friends. Please note that these invitations are not admission or seating tickets.
Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens at www.jostens.com.
Caps and Gowns:
Cap and gown pick-up will be available at the Commencement Fair. Please see the "Commencement Fair" section for dates, times and locations. Further information on ordering your cap and gown will be sent to the student's email address in February.
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.
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.
In event of inclement weather, students should report by 5 p.m. as follows:
TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor (York Hill Campus).
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 7 a.m. on the day of the event. You also may tune your radio to WQUN-AM 1220 or visit www.quinnipiac.edu/commencement. Please plan to arrive early to avoid traffic tie-ups.
For rain ceremony ticket information, please see the "Tickets + Invitations" section.