No, you do not have to attend. Commencement is an optional activity to celebrate the completion of your degree. A fee is charged to those students who do opt to participate to help offset the costs of producing the ceremony.
Doctoral graduates must complete 100% of degree requirements before they can be hooded in the ceremony. Bachelor's and master's degree recipients, however, are permitted to walk in the ceremony without having completed all degree requirements.
Please note that graduate names are printed in the commencement program only in the semester for which you have been approved to graduate. 20
Yes, you can still participate. You will need to go to cap and gown pick-up (Friday, May 16 from 1pm to 7pm in the Tivoli Turnhalle) to rent your cap and gown and pay the commencement fee. Please note that all on-site payments must be made in cash and will include a $25 late fee.
Please visit the ADA Accommodations page for more information about arrangements in place for graduates who need assistance. You will be asked during the registration process whether you require special accommodation to fully participate in the ceremony.8