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Departmental Ceremonies

The departmental ceremony is a more intimate setting for each department to recognize students individually. Most graduates are recognized by name and receive their diplomas at this time. See the full schedule for departmental ceremony times and locations.

Saturday Departmental Events

On Saturday, graduate-level programs in Business, Education, and Marine Science will have diploma ceremonies. Interdisciplinary programs will have their special recognition ceremonies and receptions on Saturday afternoon (interdisciplinary programs borrow faculty from various disciplines, so Saturday recognition events allow these faculty to attend their primary department’s ceremony on Sunday). Here is some general guidance for undergraduate double-majors and interdisciplinary majors.

  • Global Studies, International Relations & Public Policy: Due to the large number of majors and faculty involved in Global Studies (GS), International Relations (IR), and Public Policy, special recognition events for these majors are held on Saturday immediately following the main ceremony. There is no formal ceremony on Sunday for GS, IR, and Public Policy graduates. Instead, GS, IR, and Public Policy graduates will pick up their diplomas at the Wren Building on Sunday morning.
  • Undergraduate Degree Candidates in Interdisciplinary Programs Students who major in Africana Studies, Environmental Science, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, and Neuroscience may choose any department’s ceremony to attend on Sunday to receive their diploma.  Students must indicate their ceremony preference when they register in February.

Sunday Departmental Events

On Sunday, undergraduates and law students will receive their actual diplomas at smaller departmental events (see schedule for time and locations). Graduating students are called by name and diplomas are presented at that time. Departmental events offer graduating students and guests the opportunity to celebrate with faculty and fellow students in their major. If the student is not in attendance, he/she will receive an email from the Registrar’s office regarding diploma distribution sometime in the week after the ceremony. Typically, departmental ceremonies do not require tickets. You should, however, check with the individual department to find out if they have any seating limitations.

  • Double Majors Undergraduates who have two majors may choose only one departmental ceremony to attend on Sunday. Double-majors must indicate their ceremony preference when they register in February.