Commencement Events 2015

University of Rochester
School of Medicine and Dentistry

PhD Degree Commencement Dinner
Friday, May 15, 2015
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
(By invitation only)
for information please call 585-273-1620

The Daisy Flour Mill
1880 Blossom Road
Rochester, NY 14625

Doctoral Degree Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music
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Master's Degree Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.
Kilbourn Auditorium
Eastman School of Music


Parking is available for this event in the East End Parking Garage which is adjacent to the Eastman Theatre on East Main Street.

Arrival Times

Only candidates who have returned their participation card to the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office may participate in the ceremony. Master’s Degree candidates must arrive at the Kilbourn Hall GREEN ROOM no later that 11:30 am to allow sufficient time for robing and assembly of processional columns. Candidates will be lined up in alphabetical order according to their degree (MA, MPH and MS). At 12:00 noon, all candidates will be lined up in their proper columns, ready to begin the procession.


Guests may enter through the main entrance of Kilbourn Hall. Ushers will be available to direct guests to the Gallery Auditorium. Tickets are not required for this ceremony but please indicate the number of your guests attending this event on the reception response card.

Assistance to the Disabled

Limited seating is available in reserved areas in Kilbourn Hall for guests that require wheelchair access. Students may request reserved area seating by contacting the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office at (585) 273-1620 or by sending an email by April 30, 2015.

Academic Attire

Academic attire is required for graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony. Candidates can order and pick up their regalia at the Medical Center Bookstore.

Ceremony Information

Degree candidates are called to the stage to receive their diplomas in degree order (MA, MPH, and MS). To assist our faculty with the pronunciation of your name, please complete all sections of the Name Pronunciation/Information Card before returning it to the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office.


A University of Rochester photographer will photograph all degree recipients as the University President presents their diploma. After the ceremony, you may take additional photos with your guests at the reception.


A reception for graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the Commencement Ceremony (1:30 to 2:30 pm) in the Cominsky Promenade.

Registrar Information

Questions regarding candidate status should be directed to the Registrar at (585) 275-7288.


Please feel free to contact the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office by phone at (585) 275-4522 for additional Commencement information.