Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
I wanted to alert you to some fairly significant changes to the Utah State University Commencement schedule for Spring 2019 and going forward. These changes have been implemented for a variety of reasons.
First, the number of instruction days in the Spring semester has been reduced from 73 to 70 days to align with the number of instruction days in the Fall semester. Students will be finished with their finals on a Wednesday instead of a Friday. To maximize attendance at commencement, it is important that we hold the commencement ceremony and college convocations as soon as finals are completed. It would be a hardship for students to wait until Saturday to attend commencement exercises.
While the academic calendar changes were the primary driver in the changes to the commencement schedule, there are some additional concerns. Last year many family members were unable to see their student graduate because the venues were not large enough to accommodate everyone. With the continued increase in students graduating, it is necessary to have five colleges use the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for their college convocations and possibly a sixth in the coming years. This necessitates a full two-day schedule for the commencement ceremony and college convocations.
Another important change to the schedule is the elimination of the graduate hooding and commencement ceremony so that graduate students can be included in their respective college convocations. As an aspirational goal, undergraduate students can witness the hooding of graduate students at both the master’s and Ph.D. levels. With approval from the Executive Committee, the colleges will now include their graduate students in their individual college convocations or hold a separate hooding ceremony for their graduate students at the college level. Graduate students will also participate in the commencement ceremony on Thursday morning with the undergraduate students.
The schedule for Spring 2019 follows:
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Commencement Ceremony, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
College of Engineering Convocation, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Caine College of the Arts Convocation, Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall (Chase Fine Arts Center)
S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Convocation, Morgan Theatre (Chase Fine Arts Center)
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Convocation, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
College of Science Convocation, Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall (Chase Fine Arts Center)
Associates Degrees Convocation, Morgan Theatre (Chase Fine Arts Center)
Friday, May 3, 2019
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Convocation, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Hooding Ceremony (graduate students), Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall (Chase Fine Arts Center)
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Convocation (undergraduate students), Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Convocation, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
College line up of students for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, College of Engineering, and College of Humanities and Social Sciences will take place in the Wayne Estes Center. They will then process to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Hopefully, this will minimize much of the confusion in the tunnel between convocations.
There are many details surrounding the procedures and logistics for the ceremony and the college convocations that are yet to be determined. I am working with those involved with commencement exercises to make sure we have covered all the bases. We will update the commencement website (www.usu.edu/commencement) continuously as details become available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with suggestions you might have. We want commencement to be a wonderful experience for all our graduates and their families.
Chief of Staff