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Doctoral Degree Commencement Ceremony

student in doctoral robes stands outside a theatre

The Doctoral Degree Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, located in downtown Rochester. This ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. for all doctoral candidates from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, Eastman School of Music, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education, School of Nursing, and William E. Simon School of Business Administration.

Please feel free to contact Event and Classroom Management by phone at (585) 275-4111 or click here to send an e-mail.

Academic Dress

To order regalia please visit:

Academic attire is required for graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony.*

Please note: Doctoral graduates will not be given hoods when picking up academic regalia. The hood for the Doctoral graduates will be presented on stage at Commencement.

Arrival Times

Doctoral Degree candidates must arrive to the Grand Balcony of the Eastman School no later than 8:00 a.m. to allow sufficient time for robing and assembly of processional columns. Candidates will be lined up in alpha order within their degree (Ph.D., D.M.A., Ed.D., D.N.P.).

Anyone arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be placed at the end of the line and will receive a blank diploma. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Guests may enter through the main entrance to Eastman Theatre. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for guests. Tickets are not required for this ceremony.


Parking is available for this event in the East End Garage on the corner of East and Scio Streets.

Registrar Information

Questions regarding candidate status should be directed to Event and Classroom Management at (585) 275-4111.