College of Science Commencement Registration

1.  How do I RSVP for the ceremony?
Per the email invitation, go to and follow the instructions.

You must RSVP by Monday, November 26 to ensure that you are listed in the program. You will be directed to a Career Destination survey and must fill this out prior to completing your College of Science RSVP. Immediately after submitting your RSVP, you will receive a confirmation message. If you do not get a confirmation, your RSVP did not go through. If you need to make a change to your RSVP, you can log back on and make changes up until the deadline of Monday, Dec. 3rd by midnight.

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: Gould Simpson Bldg, Rm 929
(Dates: Nov. 19th –  Dec.7th)
Tuesday & Wed: 11:30am – 4:30pm *Excluding the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 22 & 23)

YOU MUST RSVP FOR THE CEREMONY BEFORE WE WILL RELEASE YOUR TICKETS. Please only request the actual number of tickets that you need (up to 10). 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 coincide with Centennial Hall's seating capacity.
To pick up extra tickets: go to Gould Simpson Rm 929 on Monday or Tuesday Dec. 10th or 11th from 1:00pm – 5:00 pm. You can pick-up 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 you will not have a personalized slide as you cross the stage and may not have your name listed in the event program.

5.  When is the University-wide Graduation ceremony?
The University of Arizona only hosts a Commencement ceremony during the spring semester. Students graduating in fall 2018 may participate in the spring 2019 ceremony, if they choose. Visit the Commencement web page at

6. When do I need to show up to Centennial if I'm graduating?
Please arrive by 8am, one hour before the ceremony begins. The ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m., and you will need to check-in at the front tables by 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 in Centennial Hall by department. An usher will signal your department to line up at the right of the stage. You will line up undergraduates first, followed by Master's students, followed by 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 Hall?
The doors to Centennial Hall will open at 8:00 a.m. and the ceremony starts 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 closest parking area.

11.   What do I wear?
We encourage you to wear cap and gown, but you can also wear business dress. Cap and gowns are available for sale through the UA Bookstore.

12.  I'm a graduate student with a mentor who will be hooding me. How does that work?
We reserve seats near the stage for mentors. When your department is called, your mentor will follow you onto the stage and hood you. Graduate students being hooded, must wear cap & gown. Please send your mentor to this website if they have questions.

13.  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.

14. Who is the Keynote Speaker?

David N. Schwartz, PhD

Co-Founder, D N Schwartz & Co

David N. Schwartz holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked at the US Department of State, the Brookings Institution, and Goldman Sachs in both London and New York. He has published widely on US strategic nuclear weapons policy, NATO, and foreign policy. He is the author of the recently published biography of Enrico Fermi, "The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age," (Basic Books). He lives in New York with his wife Susan. His father, Melvin Schwartz, shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the muon neutrino.

15. How do I request disability related accommodations for me or my guest?

The stage for commencement 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: