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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, May 17, 2014 at Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Arizona

Graduates must register online by 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 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 with preparing for this exciting celebration.

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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
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Eller Convocation Online Registration Deadline
Register Now
Saturday, May 17, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eller College of Management Graduate Student Convocation
Centennial Hall, The University of Arizona

The University of Arizona

Date and Time Event or Deadline
Saturday, May 17, 2014
7:30 p.m.
UA Commencement
University-wide for Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral: View details
Arizona Stadium, The University of Arizona

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Preparing for Convocation


UA BookStores presents GradFest with one-stop shopping for graduation needs including regalia (required for UA and Eller College ceremonies). GradFest will take place Tuesday, March 25, 2014 through Thursday, March 27, 2014. Check out for times and additional information.


All 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 $76 without shipping. To allow enough time for shipping, online orders must be received no later than Sunday, May 4, 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 and additional copies of the group photo. View and order online after Tuesday, May 20, 2014 online. This link will be available until mid-December 2014. Proofs will also be sent by mail if you opt-in when registering online for Convocation.

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Agenda for Eller Convocation

1:15 p.m. Graduating students and faculty assemble backstage, Centennial Hall, in academic regalia
1:50 p.m. Faculty and students process in order around Centennial Hall to main entrance
Introduction and Welcome
2:00 p.m.
Len Jessup
Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership
Eller College of Management
Keynote Speaker Derinda Ehrlich
Vice President, Global Operational Excellence
Avnet, Inc.
Hooding of Class of 2014 Hooding by department
Closing Remarks Jeff Schatzberg
Vice Dean and Lou Meyers Professor of Accounting
Eller College of Management
Recessional Students exit Centennial Hall in order first; friends and family follow
Approximately 4:00 p.m.
All attendees are welcome to enjoy light refreshments under the tent outside Centennial Hall immediately following the ceremony

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Convocation Instructions

Formal regalia is required to be worn for both the UA Commencement (if you plan to attend) and 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 be advised that it might be quite warm with a jacket underneath your robe (in May). 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 Centennial Hall’s main entrance beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Directions, Parking, and Maps

Centennial Hall is located west of Old Main on University Boulevard. View the UApresents website for specific directions, which include information for handicapped parking (also note section below) and view the map below.

Disabled Access

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in the surface lot east of Centennial Hall. Access to the lot is from South Campus Drive. Guests may find it most convenient to park temporarily in front of Centennial Hall on University Boulevard to unload disabled individuals and then move the vehicle to a parking garage or surface lot.

Area Map

Centennial Hall area map

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