Important Commencement Update
The Commencement Committee recommended, and the President approved, the University move from two Commencement ceremonies a year to a single ceremony in the Spring. This decision was reached to first prioritize an on-campus outdoor ceremony that centers on robust goodwill and celebration. It was also made in an effort to offer all graduates from all programs and their families the opportunity to experience the Baccalaureate and Commencement celebrations.
Accordingly, Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 6th in the evening. Commencement will be held for SU21, FA21, and SP22 graduates on Saturday, May 7th, 2022.
For those of you completing your coursework this summer, please note that your degree will still be officially conferred on August 22nd and for those of you whose coursework will be completed in the fall semester, your degree will be officially conferred on December 20th – it is simply the ceremony memorializing and celebrating your achievement that does not take place until May 7th, 2022.
For questions about this change, please email email@example.com.
Be on the lookout for further communication in following months about these important milestone events happening in Spring 2022.
Regalia will be ready to pick up towards the end of March or early April. Graduates should check their Simpson student email for communication regarding regalia.
Pick Up Locations:
- Traditional Undergraduate & Masters: Registrar's Office, Owen Center 201
- Degree Completion Degree Completion Office, Owen Center 202
- If you would like your regalia mailed to you, please fill out the Request to Mail Cap and Gown form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honor cords are calculated by your final semester’s midterm GPA. (We won’t know your final GPA until after graduation). They will be handed out to you with your regalia.
Master’s Hoods will be handed out in the robing room the day of the commencement ceremony.
Name pronunciation: In order to make sure your name is properly pronounced at the Commencement Ceremony, please let our Registrar's Ofice (or Degree Completion) staff know when you pick up your regalia.
Tickets will also be handed out with your regalia. If you do not want all or some of your tickets, you may keep them to give them to other graduating classmates or leave them with the Registrar’s Office.
- Cum Laude: 3.5-3.59 GPA (1 Cord)
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.6-3.84 GPA (2 Cord)
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.85-4.0+ GPA (3 Cord)
- Distinction: 3.8+ GPA (Degree Completion only)
- Highest Honors (Degree Completion only)
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