University of Rochester

SMD/AS&E Master's Ceremony

Masters Degree Commencement Ceremony

SMD/AS&E Masters Degree Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 15, 2016
12:15 p.m.
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music

For further information regarding Commencement please call the Commencement Office at (585) 275-4111 or click here to send an e-mail.


Academic Attire

Academic attire is required for graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony. Candidates can purchase regalia at the Barnes & Noble at University of Rochester beginning March 27, 2016

Arrival Times

Only candidates who have returned their participation card to the Offices for Graduate Education may participate in the ceremony. Masters Degree candidates must arrive at the Eastman School of Music no later than 11:30 a.m. to allow sufficient time for robing and assembly of processional columns. Candidates will be lined up in alphabetical order according to their degree (MA, MPH, and MS).

At 12:05 p.m., all candidates are to be lined up in their proper columns, ready to begin the procession.

Assistance to the Disabled

Accommodations, at the student's request, can be made for persons with disabilities by contacting the Offices for Graduate Education (585) 273-1620. Seating will be available in Kilbourn Hall and must be reserved by April 24, 2015. Ushers will be on hand to direct guests to the designated seating areas.


Tickets are not required for this ceremony but please indicate the number of your guests (up to 4) attending this event on the reception response card. Please be sure to communicate with us if you will need to increase the number of suggested guests. We will do our best to accommodate your request.


Parking is available for this event in the East End Garage on the corner of East and Scio Streets.


A University of Rochester photographer will photograph all degree recipients as they receive their diploma. After the ceremony, you may take additional photos with your guests at the reception.

Registrar Information

Questions regarding candidate status should be directed to the Registrar at (585) 275-7288.

Things to do after the Ceremony and Reception

A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery or the annual Lilac Festival is highly recommended after the Ceremony and Reception.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to contact the Offices for Graduate Education by phone at (585) 275-4522 for additional Commencement information.