PPPM pre-commencement celebration
The Sunday reception by Hendricks Hall is a department-only event with graduating students’ families and friends, and recognition of each cohort, plus a few student awards. It’s a relaxing, socializing time and terrific photo opportunity, and to introduce your family and significant others to your faculty. You can sit wherever you want to, with your group, cap and gown is optional (remembering this is not commencement), you will get called to the front with your cohort/program. Students usually like to wear something a little dressy to this event. All of the PPPM faculty (or most of them) will be in full regalia and have good things to say about how hard you have worked on your degree and what good things PPPM students accomplish in their careers.
Then, bring your families to the College of Design Commencement on Monday, which is formal. The graduates sit within their department groups in their regalia, separate from families, get called to the stage individually to shake the Dean’s hand, receive a diploma cover, and get a professional photo that you might like to purchase.
Schedule of 2019 Commencement-related events
May 17 (Friday): Community and Regional Planning (CRP) Defense Day, 9:00am-3:00pm in Hendricks Hall (100, 330 & 340A).
May 23 (Thursday): PPPM Awards Ceremony, Jaqua Atrium, 5:00-7:00pm, bring ID.
May 27 (Monday): Memorial Day Holiday (no classes held)
June 10-14: Spring 2019 Final Exams
June 16 (Sunday): PPPM Pre-Commencement Reception, Women’s Quadrangle, Pioneer Mother Lawn, 1:00-3:30pm, cap/gown optional; student poster display in the Hearth.
June 17 (Monday): University Parade and Commencement, cap/gown preferred
June 17 (Monday): College of Design Reception and Commencement, cap/gown preferred, 4:00 p.m. on the Knight Library South Lawn. Candidates for graduation are to gather between the Gerlinger Annex and the Knight Library no later than 3:30 p.m. College of Design students along with their families and friends can find refreshments at any of the university’s festival sites around campus. Guests, students, and faculty attending the College of Design Commencement ceremony are welcome to visit the Memorial Quad from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for refreshments. We encourage students to bring their families and friends to engage and mingle with faculty and fellow students. See the College of Design commencement website for more details.