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Convocation and Graduation

2016 GSBS Commencement

Graduate School of
Biomedical Sciences:

Saturday, May 14, 2016 1:30 P.M.

City Bank Auditorium

   2720 Drive of Champions



Immediately Following.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

17th St.     Map


    • Hooding - May, August, and December doctoral and masters candidates who have fulfilled all degree requirements by the date of convocation are allowed to participate in the hooding ceremony.
    • Convocation Attendance - Graduates should advise the GSBS Office by May 1st if they will not attend convocation.
    - Graduates should arrive by 12:30 P.M. on the day of convocation. Find your name on a chair in the assembly room and put on your regalia. Instructions will be given prior to the start of convocation, which starts promptly at 1:30 P.M.
    • Procession and Recession Practice   
    • Hooding Procedure
  • Reader Card: you will proof read your reader card for the correct degree, program, dissertation/thesis title, and name pronunciation.
    • Information Card: Will be completed prior to convocation by each graduating student.
  • Convocation Program: Graduates will enter the event room and remain standing until all participants have assembled.   
    • Dean's Recognition Award Recipient is acknowledged.   
    • The Outstanding Graduate Student is acknowledged.   
    • Graduates are hooded by their advisor followed by a photograph.   
    • All graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception following the ceremony
    • All graduates are expected to stay for the entire event.
  • Guests at Convocation - Please let the GSBS Office know of any special needs for guests so that arrangements can be made in advance. Convocation lasts about 1 hour. Graduates are encouraged to advise the GSBS Office by May 1st of the number of guests they will have attending.
  • Regalia - Academic regalia is required for convocation. You will bring your cap, gown and hood to convocation. Regalia is rented through the Office of HSC Student Services.

  • Reader Cards - The Reader at convocation attempts to pronounce each graduate's name correctly. You may provide a phonetic spelling of your name for the reader by submitting a 3"x5" index card to the GSBS Office.
  • Photographs - A photographer will take individual photos as each graduate is hooded. Each graduate will receive a photo from the GSBS Office. Additional pictures can be purchased. Group photos will be taken after the convocation ceremony. At that time, family will also have an opportunity to take photos.
  • Parking and Location - A map is available through the Student Services site.
  • Handbags or any other articles are not to be carried during the convocation ceremony. Please leave purses, valuables, bags, jackets, etc. with your guests for safe keeping. Flowers are neither worn nor carried until after the ceremony has concluded. All cell phones will be turned off during the ceremony.

All GSBS faculty are invited to attend convocation. Faculty who will participate in the hooding of a graduate will need to wear academic regalia. Academic regalia can be ordered from the Office of HSC Student Services. Faculty participating in the hooding of a graduate candidate should arrive by 1:00 P.M. This allows time to assemble for the procession which will begin promptly at 1:30 P.M.

Future Commencement Dates


2017 GSBS Convocation and Commencement - TBA