Commencement 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016  9:00AM
University Doctoral Commencement, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Sunday, May 15, 2016  11:15AM
Eastman School of Music Commencement, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

The Eastman School of Music will proudly celebrate its 91st Commencement Ceremony in May 2016. Over 250 students will have their Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees conferred this year.

2016 Mailings will be updated when available.  Please find 2015 mailings below.

General 2015 Eastman Commencement Information

Academic Regalia Information 2015

Letter to University Faculty 2015

Faculty Regalia Information 2015

Doctoral Commencement Letter 2015


Frequently Asked Questions

Are tickets required?

  • Tickets are not required and there is not a limit on how many friends and family may attend.

What if one of my guests needs special accommodations?

  • If any of your guests will require special accommodations, please notify the Registrar’s Office. Handicapped seating is available in the theatre, ushers will be on hand to direct people to the designated seating areas.

How long the ceremony expected to last?

  • Our commencement ceremony begins at 11:15am and is typically concluded by 1pm. Guests are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony in Cominsky Promenade.

Where should I park?

  • Parking for the Eastman ceremonies will be available for a fee in the East End Garage on East Main Street between Swan and Scio streets or in the Allpro Parking Lot on the corner of Gibbs and East Main streets.

Where should I stay for my visit?

Can I purchase invitations to send to friends and family?

  • Yes. Formal invitations and other graduation gifts may be ordered through the Eastman Bookstore.

Is there a commencement rehearsal?

  • There is not a commencement rehearsal for students. Students should arrive at the Grand Balcony by 10:30am the morning of commencement and will receive instructions at that time.

Where do I purchase academic regalia (cap & gown)?

  • Official academic regalia are required to participate in all commencement ceremonies. Academic regalia to be worn at the Commencement exercises must be purchased no later than May 1. 2016. Purchases can be made in person at any of the University of Rochester bookstores.

When can I receive my diploma?

  • Diplomas will be available to pick up after the ceremony on the Grand Balcony of Eastman Theatre.

When can I receive my diploma if I am not attending the ceremony?

  • Diplomas will be available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office on Monday, May 16, 2016. If you need us to mail your diploma, please indicate the address on your Degree Application or notify our office via email.

Students eligible to participate in commencement:


General Information


Commencement Program Archives

2015: Program    Awards
2014: Program    Awards
2013: Program    Awards
2012: Program    Awards
2011: Program    Awards
2010: Program    Awards
2009: Program    Awards
2008: Program    Awards
2007: Program    Photo Essay of Commencement 2007
2006: Program
2005: Program    Awards
2004: Program    Awards
2003: Program
2002: Program


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