School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing

1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015
University Quadrangle, Mount Carmel Campus

CommencementThe 2015 School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m. on 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.

Kevin CarrollThe speaker for the undergraduate School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing Commencement ceremony was:

Kevin Carroll
Kevin Carroll is an accomplished health care professional with more than 30 years as a practicing prosthetist, visionary researcher and skilled educator. As vice president of prosthetics for Hanger Clinic, Carroll travels extensively presenting scientific symposiums and managing clinics for difficult prosthetic cases. 

Carroll's commitment to improving prosthetics has placed him at the forefront of numerous breakthroughs in that field. He specializes in the care of older adults and has a degree in gerontology. Perhaps he is best known for developing, along with a Hanger colleague, the world's first prosthetic tail for a young Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named Winter. The real life survival story of Winter and Carroll's innovative prosthetic tail design came alive on the silver screen in the 2011 feature film, "Dolphin Tale." In the film, actor Morgan Freeman plays a composite character based on Carroll and his fellow prosthetist.

Carroll has appeared internationally on news broadcasts such as Dateline, 20/20, CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC's Good Morning America and the Discovery Channel.

A native of Ireland who now lives in Florida, Mr. Carroll is an American board-certified prosthetist and was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, one of the highest honors of the profession. He is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, a professional adviser for the Amputee Coalition, a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and a member of the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

CommencementOn Sunday, May 17, all School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing candidates for undergraduate degrees should report to the following locations dressed in caps and gowns by 12:30 p.m. (otherwise participation in the ceremony is not guaranteed).

  • School of Health Sciences: Clarice L. Buckman Center
  • School of Nursing: Center for Communications and Engineering

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.

Commencement 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.

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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 tickets: five ceremony tickets and three simulcast tickets. The ceremony will take place in the basketball arena and will be simulcast in the hockey arena adjacent to the ceremony site. 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:
Pre-registration for caps and gowns has ended. If you did not pre-register for your cap and gown, you can still obtain one by attending the Commencement Fair. Please see the Commencement Fair tab for dates, times and locations. If you did pre-register for your cap and gown, you'll be able to pick it up during the Commencement Fair.

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.

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

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.

Commencement In event of inclement weather, students should report for line up at the TD Bank Sports Center hockey arena floor (York Hill Campus) by 12:30 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 10:30 a.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.