The Graduation Ceremony for the College of Fine Arts will take place on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. Parking is conveniently located in the Cottage Grove Parking Garage, adjacent to the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.
The gradation Keynote Speaker will be Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum.
Students are welcome to attend both the University ceremony on the 14th and the college ceremony on the 15th. The Commencement Ceremony held on the 14th, in the Thomas & Mack, is University-wide and will include six colleges so it is a very big event.
The Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 15th will celebrate those students graduating from the College of Fine Arts and because it is limited to the College, it will be a very intimate affair. Since this is our Inaugural Graduation Ceremony, we have numerous things planned for our graduates. We are providing graduation medallions, and stoles, and will have a photographer on-site to take professional graduation photos prior to the ceremony, all of which will be provided at no cost to our graduates.
We are also, for the first time, hooding our M.Arch and M.F.A. candidates, along with our D.M.A.s.
Immediately following, we will have a small reception on the Plaza.
No tickets are required for this event and you're free to bring as many guests as you would like.
A few important details to know before you attend the event?
While parents and other guests are welcome to bring plastic bottled waters for themselves and flowers (no vases, please) for their graduates, and cameras, please note that other celebratory items such as balloon bouquets, placards, other signs or banners, backpacks, tripods, airhorns, other noisemakers or anything that might obstruct the view of other guests are prohibited. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of all our invited guests and graduates.
College of Fine Arts
Inaugural Graduation Ceremony FAQ
Q: Does the graduation ceremony replace the University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, the 14th?
A: No, our graduation ceremony is in addition to the University’s ceremony.
Q: If I can only attend one, which one should I attend?
A: We certainly hope you will attend the CFA ceremony, but we cannot make that decision for you. Both ceremonies have their pros/cons. Our ceremony will be a smaller and more intimate affair and because it is our first, we have special gifts: medallions, and stoles, and a professional photographer will be on-site prior to the ceremony. There will also be a reception immediately following. In the best of worlds, students can attend both ceremonies and we hope you will.
Q: Can I attend the ceremony if I am graduating this summer?
A: Yes, if a graduate is eligible to walk in the University Commencement Ceremony, they are eligible to walk in the College Ceremony.
Q: Do I need tickets?
A: No tickets are required for this ceremony.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of guests I can invite?
A: There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite.
Q: Where should I go when I arrive?
A: Upon arrival, graduates should proceed immediately to the JBT to check-in.
Q: Will the Graduation Ceremony be Live-Streamed?
Q: Can my guests take photos during the event?
A: Yes, your guests may take photos, however people will be discouraged from leaving their seats during the conferring of degrees. We will have professional photographers taking pictures of graduates on stage throughout the ceremony, and these photos will be available to graduates, afterwards. We will also have an 8’x8’ banner outside of JBT where you can take your own photos with family & friends. Inside the JBT, a professional photographer will be available from 12:30pm-1:30pm to take formal photos of each graduate. Each graduate will be able to download their photo afterwards, at no charge.
Q: Will there be a cost for the formal photos taken by the professional photographer?
A: No cost to take a formal photo. Formal photos will only be taken before graduation, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. inside JBT. If you want a photo, please be sure you arrive early for these. There will be mirrors, etc. so you can check yourself before your photo is taken. Your photo will be available to download afterwards, and you may share and print them on your own.
Q: Will I receive my diploma at this ceremony?
A: No. You will receive your diploma by mail, approximately four to six weeks after
Q: Will I need to wear my Cap and Gown?
A: Yes, Graduates participating in the ceremony will be required to wear their regalia.
Q: What time should I plan to arrive?
A: Our photographer will be available to take formal graduation photos beginning at 12:30 p.m. so it’s best to arrive about that time if you would like to have your picture taken. Doors to the Ham Hall lobby will open at 12:30 p.m. as well and guest seating will begin at 1:00 p.m. Please be prepared to process no later than 1:30 p.m.
Q: Where should we plan to park?
A: Parking is available in the Cottage Grove Parking Garage
Q: Where is the reception being held?
A: The reception is being held in the Plaza outside the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
immediately after the ceremony.
Q: I am being Hooded. Where do I get my Hood?
A: Contact the Bookstore.
Q: I am being Hooded. How do I wear my Hood?
A: Please carry your hood draped over your right arm prior to the ceremony. Do not attach it to your gown. This will be placed over your head during the ceremony.
Q: I lost my tassel/mortar board on the way to the ceremony. What can I do?
A: We will have tassels and mortar boards for you to borrow on the day of the ceremony.