Eller College December 2018 Graduate Programs Convocation

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 Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Arizona.

Graduates must register online by noon on Friday, March 30, 2018 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

Date and Time Event or Deadline
March 20-23, 2018 UA Bookstore GradFest
uabookstore.arizona.edu/graduation for more information
Friday, March 30
Eller Convocation Online Registration Deadline
Register Now
Sunday, May 13
9 a.m.
Eller College of Management Graduate Programs Convocation
Centennial Hall, The University of Arizona 


Preparing for Convocation


UA Bookstore presents GradFest, with one-stop shopping for graduation needs including regalia (required for UA and Eller College ceremonies). GradFest will take place March 20-23, 2018. Check out uabookstore.arizona.edu/graduation 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 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 $86 without shipping. 


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. When registering online, indicate the number of guests you expect will attend. Please note information about tickets below.

Guest Tickets

All guests are now required to have tickets to enter Centennial Hall. Tickets are limited to 10 per student; however, if you require additional tickets, they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Departments will have sign-up lists for you to request additional tickets. Out of consideration for your classmates, please request only as many tickets as you will use.


Agenda for Eller Convocation

8 a.m. Centennial Hall doors open for guest seating
8:15 a.m. Graduating students and faculty assemble backstage, Centennial Hall, in academic regalia
8:50 a.m. Faculty and students process in order around Centennial Hall to main entrance
9 a.m.
Introduction and welcome
Convocation Address
Keynote speaker
Hooding of Class of 2018
Hooding by department
Closing Remarks
Recessional Students exit Centennial Hall in order first; friends and family follow
Approximately 11 a.m.
All attendees are welcome to enjoy light refreshments under the tent outside Centennial Hall 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 Programs Convocation. Appropriate attire for graduate business students is dress slacks with a shirt and tie or a dress. Jackets are not required as the temperatures may be warm 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 8 a.m. Each guest must have a ticket to enter the venue.


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.

Map of area surrounding Centennial Hall



Convocation photographs may be purchased directly from the photographer, Thomas Veneklasen, here.


For additional information, please consult with your department coordinator, or contact Ruby G. Stevens, MBA student and program services coordinator, at rubygstevens@email.arizona.edu.

Header photo of McClelland Hall courtesy Eller College of Management.