College of Science Commencement: Frequently Asked Questions

College of Science, Fall 2016 Commencement

Friday, Dec. 16th, 2016

9:00 am

Centennial Hall


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I RSVP for the ceremony?  Per the email invitation, go to and follow the instructions. The deadline to RSVP for the ceremony is Tuesday, Dec. 6th by 11:59 pm.



2. How do I get tickets?  Is there a charge?  There is no charge for tickets. After you have RSVP’d online, you can pick-up your complimentary tickets at:


Place: Gould Simpson Bldg, Rm 929                         Dates: Wed., Nov. 9th – Fri., Dec. 9th


    Wed: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm               OR       Thurs or Fri : 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

                                                                            *excluding Thanksgiving holiday


YOU MUST RSVP FOR THE CEREMONY BEFORE WE WILL RELEASE YOUR TICKETS.  Please only request the actual number of tickets (up to 10) that you need.  There is no charge for tickets.           


3. I need more than 10 tickets!  How do I get more?  Due to the increase in the number of graduates, we must carefully monitor our guest numbers to not exceed Centennial Hall’s seating.  To pick up extra tickets: go to Gould Simpson Rm 929 on Monday, Dec. 12th, 12 – 5 pm.  You will be allowed up to 10 extra tickets, on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE basis.


4. What if I miss the RSVP deadline, can I still participate in the ceremony?

YES, you may still participate, but will not have a personalized slide as you cross the stage and may not have your name listed in the event program. You will need to arrive 1 hour prior to the ceremony and request a blank name card.

5. When is the University-wide Graduation ceremony? 

The University of Arizona no longer hosts a Fall Commencement ceremony.  Students graduating in the fall may participate in the University-wide Spring 2017 ceremony, if they choose.


Visit the UA Commencement web page at:, information is provided, to include details about individual Colleges and their ceremonies.


6. When do I need to show up to Centennial if I’m graduating?  The ceremony begins at 9:00 am. Please arrive an hour before the ceremony begins, at 8:00 am, to pick up your name card, at the tables in front of the box office to get your name card.


7. How do I know where to sit?  All graduates will be ushered to sit with their departments.


8. How do we get up on stage to be recognized?  You will be seated by department.  You’re your department is called, you will be lined up undergraduates first, followed by Master’s students, then PhD’s.  You will hand your card to the person wearing the headphones at the top of the stairs.  She will hand it back to you, and then you move forward and hand it to the name reader.  Don’t worry—it’s very easy and goes very fast once you see it done the first time.


9. When can I tell my family/friends to arrive at Centennial?  The doors to Centennial Hall will open at 8:00 a.m., the ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.


10. Where do I tell my family/friends to park for the ceremony?  Free parking is available throughout campus, but Tyndall garage is the preferred parking area.


11. What do I wear?  We ask that you wear cap and gown, but you can also wear business dress. Cap and gowns are available for sale through the UA Bookstore. Graduate students that will be hooded are required to wear cap & gown.


12. I saw a photographer taking photos during the ceremony; how can I order them?  When you RSVP’d, you let us know if you want to be contacted by the photographer or you can go to to order your prints.


13. I’m a graduate student with a mentor who will be hooding me.  How does that work?  We reserve seats near the stairs to the stage for mentors. When it is time for your department, your mentor will follow behind you up onto the stage and hood you.   


14. Who is the Speaker?

Ron Garan, Chief Pilot, World View, Tucson, AZ

Former NASA Astronaut and Figher Pilot


15. What if I need special accommodations for myself or guests?

The stage and audience seating in Centennial Hall is wheelchair accessible.

For anyone needing assistance to and from the graduation ceremony, contact the UA Parking and Transportation Department, 626-7275 or at

The Disability Resource Center provides information regarding captioning and interpreters, and some venue specific information such as parking, assistive listening, and more at: