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Eller Graduate Student Convocation

GraduatesHonoring Master's and Ph.D. Candidates

Congratulations on your achievement! Graduation will be here soon and we want to help YOU prepare.

  • Plan to attend the Eller College of Management Graduate Student Convocation on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Student Union Memorial Center
  • Graduates must register online by 12:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2014 to be sure that your name and quote are featured when you walk on stage
  • Fact sheets have been created to help save you time preparing for this exciting celebration.

Download this information and feel free to share and send to others.

To ensure that all aspects of Convocation go smoothly, please read the following information carefully:


Key Dates

Eller College of Management

Date and Time Event or Deadline
Saturday, November 15, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Eller Convocation Online Registration Deadline
Register Now
Saturday, December 13, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Eller College of Management Graduate Student Convocation
Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom
The University of Arizona

University of Arizona Commencement Ceremony

Please Note: Moving forward, a single University-wide commencement ceremony will occur at the conclusion of spring semester. December graduates may choose to walk in the University commencement the semester prior or the semester after their official graduation.

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Preparing for Convocation


UA BookStores presents GradFest with one-stop shopping for graduation needs including regalia (required for Eller College ceremonies). GradFest will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and Thursday, October 23, 2014. This event is sponsored by Josten’s, visit their website for details and even more graduation products and offers.


All Convocation participants are required to wear academic regalia. Regalia can be purchased from UA BookStores at the Student Union in person or online at Master’s candidate academic attire consists of a navy blue gown with longer sleeves, navy blue cap (to match the gown), a black tassel and a hood. The universal business school hood color is called “drab” — a beige/khaki color. Cost of regalia is approximately $82 without shipping. To allow enough time for shipping, online orders must be received no later than Monday, December 1, 2014.


Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased in person through Fast Copy located at the Student Union (SUMC) or online at Announcements are also available through Jostens online at Contact individual vendors for deadlines and be sure to verify information before finalizing the order.

Online Registration

Be sure to complete the online registration for the Eller College of Management Graduate Student Convocation as instructed above. Please indicate the number of guests you expect will attend when registering online to maintain an accurate headcount for the ceremony and reception.


Professional graduation photos will be taken by Thomas Veneklasen. Mr. Veneklasen's work has appeared in magazines and publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Homes, and Tucson Lifestyle Magazine. You have the option of purchasing the individual portraits taken during the hooding ceremony. View and order online after December 13, 2014 at ; this link will be available until mid-May 2015. Proofs will also be sent by mail if you opt-in when registering online for Convocation.

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Agenda for Eller Convocation

12:15 p.m. Graduating students and faculty assemble in the outdoor hallway immediately west of the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor, in academic regalia (see SUMC 3rd floor map, below)
12:50 p.m. Faculty and students process in order around the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom to the main (north) entrance
Introduction and Welcome
1:00 p.m.
Hope Jensen Schau
Associate Dean, Eller MBA Programs
Gary M. Munsinger Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dean's Address Len Jessup
Dean, Eller College of Management
Halle Chair in Leadership
Hooding of Class of 2014 Hooding by department
Closing Remarks Jeff Schatzberg
Vice Dean, Eller College of Management
Lou Meyers Professor of Accounting
Recessional Students exit Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom first; friends and family follow
~ 3:00 p.m.
All attendees are welcome to enjoy light refreshments immediately following the ceremony

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Convocation Instructions

Students are required to wear formal regalia for the Eller College Graduate Student Convocation. Appropriate attire for graduate business students is dress slacks with a shirt and tie or a dress. Suits are welcome, but not required. You will be walking down the aisles to reach the stage so choose shoes you are comfortable wearing on hard floors with several steps.

Guests may enter Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom main (north) entrance beginning at 12:15 p.m.

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Directions, Parking, and Maps

The Student Union Memorial Center is located at 1209 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721. The Grand Ballroom is located on the 3rd floor. Parking is available in the 2nd Street Garage at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and 2nd Street for a $5 fee. Park Avenue Garage and Highland Garage are free the day of convocation; see map below.

Disabled Access

There are handicapped parking spaces in the 2nd Street Garage. Guests may find it most convenient to park temporarily the circle in front of the Student Union Memorial Center at the end of Mountain Avenue to unload disabled individuals and then move the vehicle to the parking garage.

Area Map

Area map

Student Union 3rd Floor Map

Student Union 3rd Floor Map

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For additional information, please consult with your department coordinator, or contact Connie Bell, MBA Events Coordinator, at