We get a lot of questions about graduation and the commencement ceremony, and answers to the most frequently asked questions are below.
Are tickets needed for graduation?
No. Guest seating at graduation is on a first-come, first-served basis. It is wise for guests to arrive early for the best seating.
Where do I get my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns should be picked up during the Graduation Fair. For more information, call the Bookstore at 937-229-3233.
When is rehearsal?
There is no rehearsal.
What time do graduates need to be at the Arena for graduation?
Undergraduates: Students need to be at the arena by 9:00 a.m. on May 5, 2013. Graduation candidates lineup in the wings (underneath the 300/400 level seating).
Graduate and Doctoral Students: Students need to be at the arena by noon on May 4, 2013. Graduation candidates lineup in the wings (underneath the 300/400 level seating).
How long does the ceremony last?
The December (fall) combined undergraduate/graduate/doctoral ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The May (spring) graduate/doctoral ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The May undergraduate ceremony will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
(Everyone is expected to remain seated for the entire ceremony.)
Why is the date on my diploma different from the date I participated in the graduation ceremony (Undergraduates - May only)?
ALL degrees are conferred on Saturday, the day after the term ends. Due to the large number of graduates in the Spring, formal ceremonies must be held over a two-day period. Undergraduates graduating in May officially graduate on Saturday, but participate in their ceremony on Sunday.
Is there seating for handicapped guests?
Yes. Entry-level seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony; please plan to arrive early. Doors for the graduate/doctoral ceremony will open at 11:30 a.m.
What if I am a graduating student needing special accommodations for myself?
The University of Dayton strives to provide equal and easy access to programs and services for graduates with disabilities. Graduates requiring accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar with their request no later than two weeks prior to the ceremony in order to ensure adequate processing time. If the event is held multiple times, the University reserves the right to provide accommodations for select instances. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
When do I get my diploma?
Official transcripts, with final degrees posted, will be available approximately four weeks after graduation. Requests for official transcripts must be submitted in writing by the student to the Flyers First office. This can be done in person, by mail or via the registrar web site. Please note, with your diploma, you will also receive a coupon that can be returned for a complimentary transcript.
If I do not go to the ceremony do I still have to pay the graduation fee?
Yes. All graduating students must pay the fee.
What is the Baccalaureate Mass?
At the University of Dayton, this is a Catholic Mass celebrated to honor the graduates. Candidates for graduation, their families, guests and the University community are invited to attend. Attendance is not mandatory.
Will I have a picture taken at graduation?
Yes. GradImages is the official graduation photographer. You will have an opportunity to purchase your photo.
How do I get my yearbook?
Undergraduate students graduating in December, May or August will be mailed a yearbook the following October.
Who do I tell that I am not attending my graduation ceremony?
Graduates not attending the ceremony should email email@example.com no later than two weeks prior to the ceremony. Please include your student ID number in the email. Your diploma will be mailed with all the others, approximately four weeks after graduation. And, yes, you are still required to pay the graduation fee.