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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?

A: Students who have completed their degree requirements at the end of Fall Term 2019 (December 2019), Spring Term 2020 (May 2020), and Summer Term 2020 (August 2020) have the option of participating. Also, Fall Quarter 2020 internship students. These are students enrolled in Master of Science in Accountancy or Master of Science in Finance who elect to extend their studies to the end of Fall Quarter 2020. MS internship students may participate in Commencement on May 18, 2020 (not the May, 2021 Commencement), although they will receive a blank diploma case on May 18, 2020 until their degree is awarded in December 31, 2020.

Q: Who will appear in the Commencement book?

A: Students who have completed their degree requirements at the end of Fall Term 2019, Spring Term 2020, Summer Term 2020 and Fall 2020 internship students will appear in the Commencement book.

Q: Will I be sized for my cap and gown?

A: When you order your cap and gown online, you are asked for your height and weight.

Q: I will be graduating at the end of the summer quarter. Can I attend Commencement?

A: You may participate in the Commencement ceremony. Your name will be listed in the Commencement program. You will proceed onstage with the graduates and receive a diploma case. Unlike candidates who have completed their degree requirements, your diploma case will contain a written notice that you will receive your diploma upon completion of your degree requirements. Please be sure we have your mailing address via the online Application for Graduation so we can mail your diploma once it is available following the August conferral date.

Q: How many people can I invite to Commencement? Where do I obtain tickets? This information will be updated soon.

A: We will require that audience members have tickets for the ceremony. Each graduate who plans to attend the ceremony will be given three (3) tickets for his or her family and friends. There is no charge for these tickets. Students who graduated at the end of Fall 2019, or expect to graduate at the end of Spring 2020, or Summer 2020 are required to complete the online Application for Graduation. The Office of Student Engagement will distribute tickets in Schlegel Hall, Room 202, dates to be announced, based on your response to the Application for Graduation. Waitlist tickets will be distributed on dates announced later in the year. You will be contacted by Patricia DeCillis via email if you received waitlist tickets.

Q: Is there reserved seating at Commencement?

A: No, there is no reserved seating for guests.

Q: How do we line up for Commencement?

A: Upon arrival on Monday, May 18, at the line-up location (Eastman School corridor), each graduate will receive a card that lists your name and line-up information. You will carry it on stage with you and hand it to the reader so that the reader can announce you. This process will be reviewed at rehearsal. The name on the card and your diploma name must match. You will hand your card to the reader on stage and your diploma will be pulled based on the name on that card.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?

A: Approximately two and a half hours.

Q: What degree will appear on my diploma?

A: Simon Business School lists the earned degree as follows: Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Marketing Analytics and Master of Science in Business Analytics. The University of Rochester lists the PhD degree as Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: If you have met your program requirements and financial obligations to the University, you will receive your diploma at Commencement. If you do not attend Commencement, your diploma will be mailed in July to the address you indicated on the online Graduating Student Information Form. Diplomas will be available for pick up at the Registrar's Office beginning Thursday, May 21. Diplomas cannot be picked up prior to this date because they will not be available until May 21.

Q: What date will appear on my diploma?

A: The date your degree is awarded will depend on the quarter in which you graduate. This award date will also appear in the University Student Records System and on your official transcript.

  • Fall Term 2019 graduates - December 31, 2019
  • Spring Term 2020 graduates - May 18, 2020
  • Summer Term 2020 graduates - August 31, 2020
  • Bern, Switzerland MBA graduates - to be announced
  • PhD graduates - to be announced

Q: How do I request an official transcript?

A: Official transcripts can be requested through the University Registrar’s Office (not the Simon Registrar's Office). We cannot post spring 2020 degrees to the student record system until after Commencement so we recommend that you wait to order your official transcript until May 21, 2020.

Q: Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?

A: No, the cost is covered by the Student Activities fee.

Q: I cannot attend rehearsal. What should I do?

A: If you cannot attend rehearsal, please plan on arriving at the Eastman Theatre early on Monday, may 18.

Q: I was going to attend Commencement, but now I cannot attend. What should I do?

A: If you've already completed the online Application for Graduation, you may edit your response. For further assistance, please refer to these instructions.The deadline is April 27, 2020.

Q: What name will appear on my diploma?

A: The name that appears in the Simon School Student Records System. This is the same system that you use for online registration and to check your schedule. There are no exceptions to this policy.


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