Utah State University 129th Commencement
Utah State University, May 6 and 7, 2016
For more details about the schedule, please visit the schedule page.
Regional Campus Graduation Dates
Please visit the schedule page for dates and contact information.
General Information for All Students
Candidates for Bachelor's/Associate's Degrees
To participate in commencement, a student must file an Application for Graduation with the Registrar's office (TSC 246) one semester prior to the semester of the intended graduation date, and be a graduate (or anticipated graduate) of Fall 2015, Spring 2016, or Summer 2016 terms. The application process must be completed and fees paid. Students can obtain and complete the Request for Application for Graduation in the Registrar's office or apply online at www.usu.edu/registrar/graduation/apply-online.cfm.
Academic dress is required.
Candidates for Master's and Doctoral Degrees
Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees should already have completed all paperwork for the appropriate degree. Depending on whether a student is on Plan A, B, C, or a doctoral candidate, varying processes and paperwork exist which signal program completion and qualification for commencement participation. Students should visit the Graduate School website for Commencement Deadlines http://rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/commencement-deadlines/. This will help identify the deadlines and necessary steps required for students to participate in commencement and have their name appear in the printed commencement program. Students should also visit the Semester Deadlines http://rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/degree/deadlines/ to identify the deadlines and necessary steps required for degree completion and have their degree posted to their transcript. If further clarification is required, please email email@example.com.
All participants in the ceremony are required to wear authorized caps and gowns. Commencement apparel is available to buy from the USU Campus Store. Your cap and gown can be purchased at the Graduation Fair in the USU Campus Store on March 15 and 16, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For further information contact the USU Campus Store at 1-800-662-3950 or 435-797-3950. Candidates for degrees wear the black mortarboard with a tassel that is a color distinctive of the degree being received. Wear the prescribed academic costume without deviation. Each part of the regalia has a traditional meaning specific to your major field, Utah State University, and higher education. Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees will carry the hood over the left arm prior to the Graduate Ceremony on Friday, May 6, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Black: Associate's Degrees
Maize: College of Agriculture an Applied Sciences
Brown: Caine College of the Arts
Drab: Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Light Blue: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Orange: College of Engineering
White: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Russet: S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Yellow-Gold: College of Science
School of Graduate Studies
Black: School of Graduate Studies
The Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony for master's and doctoral degree candidates is Friday, May 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Assembly of candidates takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Nelson Field House for the procession. Candidates will hear their names and degrees formally announced; master's candidates are hooded by members of the Graduate Council while doctoral candidates will be hooded by their major professors and deans.
The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is Saturday morning, May 7, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Undergraduate students assemble on the University Quad with their colleges no later than 8:30 a.m. In the event of rain assemble in the Nelson Field House. The procession will begin at 9:00 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Degrees will be conferred on candidates for the associate's and bachelor's degrees. Tassels on caps should be worn on the left side.
Senior Celebration 2016 takes place Friday, April 22, at the TSC Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6:00 p.m. This event is open for USU Senior students (free admission; preregistration required) and one guest ($5 admission). For more information, contact Sheldon Browning at Sheldon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast for Seniors 2016 will be served Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 a.m., at the David B. Haight Alumni Center. For more information, contact Sheldon Browning at Sheldon.email@example.com
If you do not attend your college ceremony, you may pick up your diploma cover in the Registrar's Office at no charge. If you want your diploma and cover mailed, there is a $6.15 postage fee.
Your diploma will be mailed to the address on your application for graduation 6-8 weeks after graduation. Please make sure this address is correct. If you wish to have your diploma sent via certified mail, you may do so by paying a $6.15 fee at the Registrar's Office. Please check your transcript to ensure your name is complete and spelled correctly. Your name and degree will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program exactly as it is on the student database. If changes are necessary, complete the Change of Information Form in the Registrar's office by April 1, 2016. Please make sure your name appears correctly, as changes will not be made after this date.
Resolve any outstanding financial obligations to Utah State, such as library fines, parking tickets, etc. You will not receive your diploma and may not order transcripts, or have other documents released, if you have unresolved financial obligations.
Diplomas for graduate students are mailed 6-8 weeks after Commencement. Your diploma is mailed to the address recorded on your Graduation Fee Payment Form. If you wish to have your diploma sent via certified mail, you may do so by paying a $6.15 fee at the Registrar's office. Please check your transcript to ensure your name is complete and spelled correctly. Your name and degree will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program exactly as it is on the student database. If changes are necessary, complete the Change of Information Form in the Registrar's office by April 1, 2016.
Resolve any outstanding financial obligations, such as library fines, parking tickets, etc. You will not receive your diploma and may not order transcripts or have other documents released if you have unresolved financial obligations.
All graduating students, both graduate and undergraduate, should attend the Graduation Fair from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 15 and 16 in the USU Campus Store. The Campus Store has joined with outside vendors and campus organizations to get everything you need for a successful graduation. This is the place to purchase your cap and gown; order announcements, class rings and grad packs; and buy a diploma frame. Enjoy free drawings and discounted graduation items. Learn more about commencement ceremonies and how to join the USU Alumni Association.
Guest tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremonies in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or for the College Convocations. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the Spectrum will be open to the public for Commencement Ceremonies at 12 noon, Friday, May 6, and 8 a.m., Saturday, May 7.
Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
For information on sign language interpreting, accessible parking, and wheelchair access, contact the Disability Resource Center at (435)797-2444 or see their webpage at http://www.usu.edu/drc/ .
For more information contact the following representatives:
- College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Caine College of the Arts - email@example.com
- Jon M. Huntsman School of Business - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services - email@example.com
- College of Engineering - firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences - email@example.com
- S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources - firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Science - email@example.com
- University Associate's Degrees - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Extension and Continuing Education - email@example.com (For AS degrees only, other degrees are assigned to an academic college)
- School of Graduate Studies - firstname.lastname@example.org