DATE: Friday, May 13, 2022
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: The Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, 400 Oriskany Street West, Utica NY 13502
To register and order regalia, students must complete the Commencement Participation Form no later than March 15th.
Who Can Participate in Graduate Commencement
Students completing one of the following degrees are eligible to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony:
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Master of Business Administration
- Master's degree in Cybersecurity
- Master's of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
- Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration
- Master's degree in Data Science
- Master's degree in Financial Crime and Compliance Management (Economic Crime Management)
- Master's degree in Education
- Master's degree in Health Care Administration
- Master's degree in Liberal Studies
- Master's Degree in Nursing
- Master's degree in Occupational Therapy
- Advanced Graduate Certificate
To participate in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremony:
- Students wishing to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony MUST notify Utica University of this intention by submitting an RSVP via the link below by the March 15th deadline. Due to mail and shipping delays missing this deadline may result in not receiving your regalia by the ceremony date.
- Order Regalia (cap, gown, and hood) no later than March 15th - Students are required to order their cap and gown through the Utica University Bookstore.
As the milestone of commencement approaches, there may always seem like one more thing to do. Utica University's Commencement Committee strives to make the process as easy as possible with a checklist for preparation, rehearsal to better understand the logistics of the ceremony, and numerous activities all week long to celebrate your achievement.
Graduating and Walking in Commencement Rules for Graduate Students
- Students must meet the total credit hours required for their program (assuming they will pass the courses they are currently registered for) in order to be eligible to apply to graduate.
- Students must be eligible to graduate to apply to walk in commencement.
- Students are eligible to walk in a May commencement only if they graduated the previous August or previous December, or will graduate that May or the subsequent August.
- Students who graduated more than 2 semesters prior to a commencement ceremony are not eligible to walk in that ceremony. (E.g. a student who graduated in May 2021 is not eligible to walk in the May 2022 ceremony.)
- Students may not walk in more than one commencement ceremony per program, but may walk a subsequent time for an additional program. Eg. a student who completes an MS in Cybersecurity and then an MBA may walk twice, once for each degree program.
Students graduating with their Master's or Doctoral degree have special academic regalia for commencement, different from each other and from their undergraduate regalia. All three robes are different, so it's important to know which degree you are receiving. For both Master's and Doctoral degree regalia, a hood is an additional component with colors that represent the graduate's academic program and college/university, which goes around the neck and drapes down the back. The hoods vary slightly in size depending of the level of degree. Because hoods are a key component of the graduate academic regalia, stoles will not be allowed (stoles only can be worn with undergraduate regalia). Doctoral graduates wear a tam (soft-sided hat) instead of the traditional mortarboard cap.
Your academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) must be ordered and purchased from the Utica Bookstore. The regalia order form is part of the Commencement RSVP. Ordering your regalia is a three-step process: (1) reserving your regalia based on size and academic program by March 15th, (2) arranging payment with the Utica Bookstore, and (3) arranging pickup or shipping of your regalia with the Utica Bookstore. You will be asked to take a brief survey before being connected to the regalia order form. Orders MUST be placed by the March 15th, 2022 deadline to ensure receipt in time for participation in commencement!
Graduate RSVP / REGALIA FORM
How to wear your regalia:
On the day of the ceremony graduates should wear their gown and cap (the tassel should hang on your left side), the hood should be kept readily accessible, but not worn. Please make sure that cord the back of the hood is un-buttoned to make it easier for to place over your head.
Borrowing regalia from a previous Utica graduate:
Due to changes in vendors and color the Office of Graduate Studies will need to verify that the regalia you are borrowing is uniform with what we currently use. If you wish to borrow regalia from a previous Utica graduate you must contact the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) at OGS@utica.edu or 315-792-3335 and provide them with the name, program, and graduation year of the student you wish to borrow from. Please note if your request is granted OGS will need to take your RSVP over the phone (you will not be able to submit it online) and you will still need to purchase a new tassel for the cap with the correct year. Also if the regalia you wish to borrow is from a different academic program than you will need to purchase the correct hood from the Utica Bookstore. If your request is denied you will need to purchase a full set.
Master's Degree Regalia
- Master's gown, includes mortarboard cap w/tassel
- Master's hood
Doctoral Degree Regalia
- Doctoral gown, includes doctoral tam
- Doctoral hood
The Regalia Order form has been combined with the Attendance Notification - RSVP form to streamline the process.
Received your graduation announcements in your regalia package.
Submitted the Graduate-to-Be Survey?
If you have any special needs that may require special accommodations, please contact the Office of College Events and Conference Programs at (315) 792-3322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be closed captions for the virtual graduate ceremony.
Commencement Week Activities
|Saturday, May 7||TBD||Construction Management BBQ||TBD|
|Tuesday, May 10||5:30 p.m.||Senior Sendoff Event: Senior Recognition Banquet||Hislop Auditorium, Thurston Hall|
|Wednesday, May 11||1:00 p.m.||Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal||Strebel Lounge, Strebel Student Center|
|Wednesday, May 11||5:30 p.m.||Athletic Pioneer Hall of Fame||Clark Athletic Center||(Invitation Only)|
|Thursday, May 12||1:00 p.m.||On-ground Nursing Pinning Ceremony||Clark Athletic Center|
|Thursday, May 12||5:00 p.m.||Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony||Adirondack Bank Center/Utica Memorial Auditorium|
400 Oriskany Street, Utica, NY
|Degree candidates must arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday, May 13||9:00 a.m.||DPT White Coat Ceremony||Clark Athletic Center|
|Friday, May 13||12:00 p.m.||OT Pinning Ceremony||Clark Athletic Center|
|Friday, May 13||4:00 p.m.||Graduate Commencement Ceremony||Adirondack Bank Center/Utica Memorial Auditorium|
400 Oriskany Street, Utica, NY
|Degree candidates must arrive no later than 3:30 p.m.|
When is commencement?
The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 4 p.m. EST.
Who is eligible to participate?
At Utica University, commencement is a ceremony held each Spring for students who completed their degree requirements and applied to receive their degree in December or May of the same academic year.
All students wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony must submit the RSVP-Attendance Notification form and Order their Regalia.
Do I need to let anyone know if I will/will not be attending?
Yes, students wishing to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony MUST notify Utica University of this intention by submitting the RSVP – Attendance Notification form by the March 15th deadline. Due to mail and shipping delays, missing this deadline may result in not receiving your regalia by the ceremony date.
How do I reset my password so that I can log in to the required commencement web-pages?
To get your password go to https://password.utica.edu, the same website you use to activate and reset passwords for your email, ENGAGE, and network accounts. Enter your student ID number, last four digits of your social security number, and date of birth. Remember to include all four numbers in the year of your birth. Click "Activate/Reset Account."
How long will the ceremony last?
Students and guests should expect the ceremony to last approximately 2 hours.
How do I obtain my cap, gown, and hood?
Your academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) must be ordered and purchased from the UC Bookstore either via the link on the Caps, Gowns, and Hoods webpage. Ordering your regalia is a three-step process: (1) reserving your regalia based on size and academic program by March 15th, (2) arranging payment with the UC Bookstore, and (3) arranging pickup or shipping of your regalia with the UC Bookstore. Orders MUST be placed by the March 15th deadline to ensure receipt in time for participation in commencement.
How do I wear my cap, gown, and hood?
Prior to the start of the ceremony you should be wearing your gown and cap (the tassel should hang on your left side), the hood should be draped over your left arm, and hold your name card n your right hand. Please make sure that the cord on the back of the hood is unbuttoned to make it easier to place over your head.
Can I borrow a cap, gown, or hood used in a previous year’s ceremony?
Due to changes in vendors and color the Office of Graduate Studies will need to verify that the regalia you are borrowing is uniform with what we currently use. If you wish to borrow regalia from a previous UC graduate you must contact the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) at OGS@utica.edu or 315-792-3335 and provide them with the name, program, and graduation year of the student you wish to borrow from. Please note if your request is granted OGS will need to take your RSVP over the phone (you will not be able to submit it online) and you will still need to purchase a new tassel for the cap with the correct year. Also if the regalia you wish to borrow is from a different academic program than you will need to purchase the correct hood from the UC Bookstore. If your request is denied you will need to purchase a full set.
Can someone special hood me on stage?
No, the logistics do not allow for such a request. Hoods will be placed around graduate students' necks by their Program Chair/Director and their Academic Dean.
Do grad students graduate with honors?
No. At the graduate level students do not graduate with honors (e.g., Dean's List, President's List, Cum Laude, Valedictorian). Such honors are only recognized at the undergraduate level. Successfully completing an advanced degree at the graduate level is a significant accomplishment in and of itself due to higher academic standards (including the requirement to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate), and this separate Graduate Commencement Ceremony is a special recognition of that achievement.
Do I still need to pay the $80 fee if I don't want to participate in Commencement?
Yes. The $80 fee is used to help cover administrative costs of you graduating from Utica University (receiving your diploma), which is separate from participating in the commencement ceremony - graduation and commencement are two separate events.
"Graduation" is an academic process that involves the official conferral of your Bachelor's degree. It involves a careful review of your academic record and approval by the University. This happens every May, August, and December.
"Commencement" is the annual ceremony where we celebrate our achievements and recognize our degree candidates. This happens once each year, in May.
Information to help you the day of commencement.
Keynote Speaker: Eric Stewart G'08, PT, DPT
Eric Stewart G'08, PT, DPT, is Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Delaware, coordinator of inpatient clinical education experiences, and faculty within the Johns Hopkins Hospital – University of Delaware acute care residency. He received his B.S. in Athletic Training from Ithaca College and his MSPT and DPT from Utica College. In 2008, he was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association’s Emerging Leader Award. Dr. Stewart is also a past member of the Acute Care Section’s Entry Level Skills Task Force and is co-author of the manuscript entitled “Defining Entry-Level Practice in Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice” published in the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. Dr. Stewart has lectured nationally on acute care practice, interprofessional education, and innovations in clinical education. Dr. Stewart is a credentialed clinical instructor trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association and holds clinical expertise within the acute care setting with a focus on patients with pulmonary disorders and critical illness.
Video and Remote Viewing Options
Utica College brings commencement to you through live streaming and video archives of past ceremonies that allow you to stay in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the ceremony.
On Friday, May 13, prior to 4 p.m., the video window box for Utica University's undergraduate Commencement livestream will be posted to the Commencement landing page.
Those wishing to view the livestream will simply need to click the video window box.
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