Commencement Ceremonies

University Commencement Ceremony

The formal ceremony to confer degrees upon SUU's Class of 2016.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

8:00 a.m. • Graduate Processional Lineup • Upper Quad

All SUU graduates, dressed in cap and gown, meet on the Upper Quad to participate in the formal commencement processional that will march across campus and into the University-wide ceremony. See detailed map for lineup locations.

9:00 a.m.  • University Commencement • Centrum Arena (109 South 800 West)

All associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates are encouraged to attend unless excused by the Registrar’s Office (435.586.7715;

  • Processional of graduates
  • Graduates' formal investiture
  • ROTC commissioning
  • Keynote speaker
  • Awarding of honorary doctorate degrees
  • Switching of the tassel

Open to all graduates and their guests, with general admission seating. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and guests should be seated 30 minutes prior to view the processional of graduates.

10:30 a.m. • Graduation Celebration • Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom

An informal gathering of graduates to celebrate with their friends, professors and guests before leaving campus. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Celebration has been moved from the Multi-Purpose Quad to the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom.

  • Free and open to all
  • Live music and refreshments

College Convocations

Each graduate is individually recognized, "walks," and receives a diploma in their respective college ceremony. Graduates, please arrive one hour prior to your convocation start time to check in and line up (Centrum Arena - outside the tunnel; Randall Jones Theatre - east end of the lobby).

General admission seating, no tickets

Guests should be seated 10 minutes prior to view graduates' processional

Saturday, April 30

  • Noon, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Centrum Arena  
  • 1 p.m., College of Performing & Visual Arts, Randall Jones Theatre
  • 2 p.m., Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education & Human Development, Centrum Arena
  • 4:30 p.m., Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering, Centrum Arena
  • 6:30 p.m., School of Business, Centrum Arena

Ceremony Broadcasts

University Commencement will be streamed live online, beginning with the Processional of Graduates 30 minutes prior to the 9:00 a.m. ceremony opening. It will also air live on SUTV and will be rebroadcast on KUED at a day and time to be announced.

Tickets are not required for commencement