Eller December 2015 Graduate Student Convocation

Event Date

Saturday, December 12, 2015 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm


Grand Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701

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Honoring 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 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, in downtown Tucson, Arizona.
  • Graduates must register online by 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015 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.

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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
Sunday, November 1, 2015
12:00 p.m.
Eller Convocation Online Registration Deadline
Register Now
Saturday, December 12, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Eller College of Management Graduate Student Convocation
Tucson Convention Center, Grand Ballroom



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 on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Main Bookstore. Check out uabookstore.arizona.edu/graduation for 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 uabookstore.arizona.edu/graduation. 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 Tuesday, December 1, 2015.


Personalized graduation announcements are available through Jostens online at www.jostens.com. 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. You may view and order photos online in late December. The link will be posted here and made available until mid-May 2016. Proofs will also be sent by mail if you opt-in when registering online for Convocation.


Agenda for Eller Convocation

1:00 p.m. Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Grand Ballroom doors open for guest seating
1:15 p.m. Graduating students and faculty arrive at the TCC
1:50 p.m. Faculty and students begin march into the Grand Ballroom
2:00 p.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Convocation Address
Bill Chiasson, Keynote Speaker
Hooding of Class of 2015
Hooding by department
Closing Remarks
Recessional Faculty, deans, and students exit the Grand Ballroom in order first; friends and family follow
Approximately 4:00 p.m.
All attendees are welcome to enjoy light refreshments in the TCC Galleria immediately following the ceremony


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. You will be walking down the aisles and up a ramp to reach the stage so choose shoes you are comfortable wearing.

Guests may enter the Tucson Convention Center Grand Ballroom entrance beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Directions, Parking, and Maps

The Tucson Convention Center (TCC) is located at 260 South Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Parking for the Eller Graduate Convocation Ceremony will be available at any of the three parking lots on-site at the TCC (see map below or click for map in PDF format).

Lot B is closest to the Grand Ballroom entrance and can be accessed off of Cushing Street via Church Avenue or Granada Ave just south of Broadway Blvd. The entrance for Lot C is off of Granada Ave and Lot A is off of Church Ave. Both provide ease and accessibility to the Grand Ballroom where the ceremony will be held.

The Tucson Convention Center charges a parking fee of $8.00 at all lots.

Students and guests may elect to utilize the Sun Link - Street Car which costs $4.00 for a 24-hour ticket. Riders may board the street car at one of several stations in and around the University of Arizona. Riders should disembark the street car for the Tucson Convention Center at the Granada Ave. | Cushing St. Station (just southwest of the venue). Rates and schedule subject to change. More information can be found at www.sunlinkstreetcar.com.

Tucson Convention Center Parking Map


For additional information, please consult with your department coordinator, or contact Connie Bell, MBA Events Coordinator, at cbell4@email.arizona.edu.

Header photo of Old Main by Kevin Brost.