Saturday, May 14, 2016

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9 a.m. - School of Business, School of Communications and School of Education

1 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Basketball Arena, TD Bank Sports Center

York Hill Campus
305 Sherman Ave, Hamden, Connecticut

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.

Watch an archived recording of the morning ceremony webcast

Watch an archived recording of the afternoon ceremony webcast

All eligible students have received the ticket registration link and instructions via their Quinnipiac email. Eligible students can also access the link via Blackboard under Organizations. For questions, please email QU Events. Each graduate is permitted six tickets for the ceremony in the basketball arena. The ceremony will be simulcast in the hockey arena adjacent to the ceremony site. Tickets will not be required for the simulcast in the hockey arena. Both the ceremony and the simulcast arenas are in the same building and connected by a common lobby.

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Children age 2 and older are 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.

Announcement Cards
Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

You must pre-register for your free cap and gown. Register now. Cap and gown pick-up will be available at the Commencement Fair. Please see the Commencement Fair section for further details.

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 29 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.

Graduate 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 they receive their degree, graduates 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. All ceremonies are expected to last 60 - 90 minutes.

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.

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. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Candidates for graduate degrees must report to the floor of the hockey arena at the TD Bank Sports Center dressed in caps and gowns by the time indicated below 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.

  • School of Business, School of Communications, and School of Education - Saturday, May 14, by 8 a.m.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing - Saturday, May 14, by noon

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.

Doors to arena will open 60 minutes prior to each ceremony. Roughly 3,000 people attend each ceremony, so attendees should anticipate traffic delays.

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

Please see the Assistance for Those with Disabilities tab for information on handicapped parking accommodations.

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; 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 speaker for the School of Business, School of Communications and School of Education Graduate Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. will be:

Jahana Hayes, winner of the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award and Connecticut's Teacher of the Year. 

The speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Graduate Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. will be:

Steve McPherson, president and CEO of Masonicare.

Jahana Hayes Steve McPherson
Jahana Hayes Steve McPherson

Following the ceremony, 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 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.

If you or a member of your party has a disability that requires special parking accommodations, please notify the Public Safety officers when you arrive at the TD Bank Sports Center. They will direct you to handicapped parking. Please note, Public Safety also operates golf carts to and from the parking area and the arena and reception areas.

For tickets for those with disabilities, please contact the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3757 beginning in February 2016.

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