1. Student Resources


Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:30 AM
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
Doors open at 9:30 AM
Ticket information below

Following the approximately 90-minute ceremony, there will be a reception in the Atrium for graduates and their guests.

Participation in Commencement

Students that have met all the requirements within their degree program, as confirmed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar, are eligible to participate in Commencement. Students that completed all degree requirements and graduated in Fall Semester ("December graduates") are eligible to walk in the May Commencement ceremony. All student participants in Commencement are required to wear caps, gowns, and hoods purchased from Herff-Jones in the same year as the Commencement ceremony.

Ceremony Tickets

Tickets to the Commencement ceremony will be available at the Student Services Center beginning Wednesday, May 10. Each student may invite up to two guests to sit in the Concert Hall for the ceremony. The graduating student will not need a ticket, however, each guest must have a ticket to be admitted. Students must personally pick up their tickets.

The Conservatory will have overflow seating for guests who are over the two ticket maximum. Overflow seating will be in the Osher Salon, where a live-feed of the ceremony will be streamed. Tickets are not needed for overflow seating. Guests of graduates in overflow seating may join the reception in the Atrium following the ceremony.

Mandatory Meetings for Graduating Students

The Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar will hold meetings for all May 2017 graduates. Students expecting to graduate in May must attend one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 29 from 3-3:30pm in Room 512
  • Thursday, March 30 from 2:30--3pm in Room 323
  • Friday, March 31 from noon-12:30pm in Room 323

Graduating students will receive an email with instructions on registering for one of the meetings. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar if you did not receive this email or if there are changes to your graduation plan.

Mandatory Rehearsal for Graduating Students

The Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar will hold a required graduation rehearsal at 10:45 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Students expecting to graduate in May must attend and should arrive at the Recital Hall by 10:45 AM to the Recital Hall. After rehearsal, a small reception will be held for the graduating students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

Forms and Documents

This list of documents to be completed in order to graduate:

Caps and Gowns

Graduates and faculty will take part in a processional and recessional dressed in academic regalia. SFCM supplements the cost of caps, gowns and hoods for Commencement. Graduating students will purchase their caps, gowns, and hoods online from Herff-Jones. The order must be placed online no later than Thursday, April 6, 2017. All caps, gowns, and hoods will be shipped directly to SFCM and distributed by the Office of Student Affairs after May 10 in order to save graduating students the cost of shipping.

Announcements and Diploma Frames

Herff-Jones has a number of announcements, thank you cards, and diploma frames available for students and their families to purchase.