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School of Medicine and Dentistry Commencement

audience of graduates standing an reading aloud in a beautiful theater

The School of Medicine and Dentistry Commencement will be held on Friday, May 17, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. This ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. for all candidates.

Please feel free to contact the Commencement Office by phone at (585) 275-4111 or click here to send an e-mail.

Academic Attire

Academic attire is required for graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony. Candidates can reserve regalia at https://rochestersomd.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome beginning March 2019.


Rehearsal and Class Photo – Student Only Activity

Thursday, May 16, 2019

9:30 a.m.   Bus departs the School of Medicine and Dentistry clock tower for the Eastman Theater. Please remember to bring your regalia
10:00 a.m.   Rehearsal begins in Eastman Theatre – Kodak Hall
11:00 a.m.   Bus Departs Eastman Theatre for River Campus    
11:30 a.m.   Class Photo in front of Strong Auditorium – River Campus
Candidates must wear their cap & gown for the photo.
In the event of inclement weather, the class photo will be taken at Eastman Theatre immediately following the rehearsal.

Final Class Exercise & Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 17, 2019

10:30 a.m.   Final Class Exercise – Student Award Ceremony – Families Welcome!
Eastman Theatre - Kilbourn Hall
3:00 p.m.         Students arrive at the Eastman Theater and line up in Lowery Hall
Candidates must arrive at Eastman Theatre no later than 3 p.m. to allow sufficient time for robing and assembly of processional columns
3:15 p.m.   Doors open to guests - Eastman Theatre – Kodak Hall
Guests may enter through the main entrance of the Eastman Theatre. Tickets are not required for this ceremony. 
3:50 p.m.     Candidates and hooders are to be lined up in their proper columns, and ready to begin the procession.
This policy will be strictly enforced.
4:00 p.m.  Commencement Ceremony Begins
Eastman Theatre – Kodak Hall
Reception - Immediately following the ceremony

Candidates must arrive at Eastman Theatre no later than 3 p.m. to allow sufficient time for robing and assembly of processional columns. Candidates will be lined up in alphabetical order according to their degree.

At 3:50 p.m. all candidates are to be lined up in their proper columns, ready to begin the procession.

This policy will be strictly enforced.

Guests may enter through the main entrance of the Eastman Theatre. Tickets are not required for this ceremony.

Parking and Maps

Parking at the Eastman Theater

Directions and Maps to the Eastman Theater

*Remember to allow adequate time for parking

Registrar Information

Questions regarding candidate status should be directed to Diane Frank at (585) 275-7923 or Diane_Frank@URMC.Rochester.edu.