College of Science Commencement: Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I RSVP for the ceremony?
Per the email invitation, go to http://cos2.arizona.edu/reg/ and follow the instructions.
- How do I get tickets? Is there a charge?
There is no charge for tickets. After you have RSVP'd, online you may get your tickets at:
- Gould Simpson Bldg, Rm 935 (Dates: Nov. 28th - Dec. 13th)
- Thursdays: 12 PM - 3 PM OR Fridays: 9 AM - 11:00 AM
- YOU MUST RSVP FOR THE CEREMONY BEFORE WE WILL RELEASE YOUR TICKETS.
- Please only request the actual number of tickets that you need.
- You may only request up to 10 tickets.
- The deadline to pick-up tickets is, Friday, Dec 13th.
- I need more than 10 tickets! How do I get more?
Due to the increase in the number of graduates with the addition of Psychology, we must carefully monitor our guest numbers to not exceed Centennial Hall's seating. To pick up extra tickets: go to Gould Simpson Rm 935 on Tuesday, Dec. 17th, from 8am - 11am. You will be allowed up to 10 extra tickets, and it is on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis.
- When is the University-wide Graduation ceremony?
Saturday, December 21st at 9:00 am in McKale Center. All graduating students will be recognized (undergrads and graduate students) Visit the Commencement web page at: http://commencement.arizona.edu, information is provided, to include details about individual Colleges and their ceremonies.
- When do I need to show up to Centennial if I'm graduating?
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m., and you will need to check-in at the front tables by the box office to get your name card. So to be safe, try to arrive an hour early to pick up your card.
- How do I know where to sit?
All graduates will be ushered to sit with their departments.
- 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.
- When can I tell my family/friends to arrive at Centennial?
The house seating will open at 9:00 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 10:00 a.m.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 www.gradimages.com to order your prints.
- 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.
- Who is the Speaker?
- Dr. Julia Tagüeña Parga
- Executive Director of Scientific Development
- National Council of Science and Technology
- What if I need special accommodations for myself or guests?
- 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 http://parking.arizona.edu.