2024 Spring Convocation Ceremony

commencement congrats


2 to 4 p.m., May 9, 2024


Event Details & RSVP

The James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences cordially invites students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the college to join us on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom for the 2024 Spring Convocation Ceremony. A light reception will immediately follow the program. Guests are allowed and there is no limit on number of guests per graduating student. Tickets are not required to attend.

To RSVP, please click here and complete the online form.

Can't join us in-person? Tune-in and watch online, here.

Security Bag Check & Prohibited Items

Security will be conducting bag checks upon arrival. Please take a moment to review items prohibited from entry at our celebration. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Air horns or large or oversized umbrellas
  • Confetti, Flutterfetti, or silly string
  • Balloons or inflatable items, such as beach balls
  • Poles, monopods, tripods
  • Weapons: guns, ammunition, knives, box cutters
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects (scissors, knitting needles, etc.)
  • Mace, pepper spray, Spray containers, aerosols, or flammable liquids
  • Explosives, fireworks, laser lights, laser pointers
  • Unopened packages or signs with sticks or on poles
  • Cans, bottles, coolers
  • Hoverboards, segways, scooters, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones


Parking & Directions

Free parking will be available in Second Street Garage. Parking will be available on a first come first served basis.


Be Prepared for Graduation

Be sure to read the information to make sure you are ready for graduation day!


Graduation Slide

During the ceremony, a PowerPoint slide will be displayed for every graduate. Please download the slide template HERE and update it with your information (name, degree, photo, advisor, thesis/dissertation title, quote/plans/note of thanks). Do not modify the file layout or formatting. Upload your PowerPoint slide the UA Box folder HERE by Monday, May 6, 2024.


Graduation Attire 

Cap, gown and hood can be purchased directly from the UA Bookstore, either in person or online. Stoles of gratitude are optional.

Undergraduate Students
OSC will provide a college-specific tassel for undergraduate students. If you wish to have the tassel for senior photos, you may pick this up in Meinel 403 by showing an ID. Otherwise, you will get the tassel when checking in on the day of the convocation ceremony.

Graduate Students
OSC will provide a college-specific tassel for graduate students when checking in on the day of the convocation ceremony. The most important piece is the regalia hood, which will be placed on you by the Dean or your faculty advisor during the ceremony. Since Optical Sciences does not have a designated hood color, MS students usually select orange (for engineering) or gold (for science). PhD students should select the “general royal blue” PhD option. The Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC) may rent cap and gown to graduate students, while supplies last. Click here for more information.



Diplomas are printed and sent from a third party and managed by the Office of the Registrar. Diplomas will be mailed to your Permanent Address in UAccess, unless you specify a separate Diploma Mailing Address. To learn more about the diploma process, check the website of the Office of the Registrar.




For questions about graduation and degree requirements, contact your academic advisor:

Undergraduate Students: Amber Soergel, Senior Academic Advisor | asoergel@optics.arizona.edu

Graduate Students: Jini Kandyil, Senior Academic Advisor | jini@optics.arizona.edu

Questions regarding the ceremony should be directed to Channel Lemon, Senior Event Coordinator | channel@optics.arizona.edu