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College Commencement

Information and Services


Where to Eat

The Pit in Wilson Commons

Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Starbucks in Wilson Commons

Friday, May 18, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Connections in Rush Rhees Library

Sunday, May 20, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Peet’s @ Wegmans in Wegmans Hall

Friday, May 18, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hillside POD in Susan B. Anthony Halls

Friday, May 18, noon–10 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, noon.–10 p.m.

Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.


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Barnes and Noble at University of Rochester; (585) 275-4012 

Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Pop-up location (for emergency purchases and regalia issues):
Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Wilson Commons, Room 121

Eastman School of Music; (585) 274-1399

Friday, May 18, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Announcements & Class Rings

Graduation announcements and class rings can be purchased through the Balfour website found here

A Balfour representative will be available at the University of Rochester Bookstore on May 20th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for purchase of class rings.


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UR Tech Store

Rush Rhees Library, River Campus; (585) 275-8353, Option 6

Medical Center; (585) 275-8353, Option 7

UR Tech Store Website


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Memorial Art Gallery

Memorial Art Gallery

500 University Avenue;
(585) 276-8900;

Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


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Senior Week Tickets

Senior Week tickets will go on sale Friday, April 20th at the Common Market.

Hillel Shabbat Services and Dinner (need to make reservations, Free). Make reservations by May 4th at

UR Graduating Students (need to make a reservation, Free). Make reservations at

Chabad House events (need to make a reservation, Free). Make reservations at

Call (585) 275-3157 for reservations to the Minority Student Affairs Dinner.


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Accessible Seating

College Commencement Ceremony: Limited seating is available in a reserved area for guests that require wheelchair access. A drop off area is provided at the Meliora Parking Lot and golf carts will be available to bring guests to the Quad entrance. Students may request up to 3 tickets for this Reserved Area by contacting the Event and Classroom Management Office at (585) 275-4111 or by sending an email to

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Hajim School of Engineering Diploma Ceremony: Handicapped seating is available in the theatre, ushers will be on hand to direct people to the designated seating areas.

Assistance for Guests with Disabilities

Any students needing to make special arrangements for guests should refer to the Commencement website, or contact the Event and Classroom Management Office at (585) 275-4111.


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Parking for the College Commencement: Free parking will be available Friday and Saturday in all River Campus lots. Parking on Sunday will be in Park Lot, Intercampus Drive Lot, and Crittenden Lot 1. Continuous shuttle service will be provided for all guests parking in these lots. Parking staff will be available in all lots to assist.

Guests who need more assistance because of physical limitations or disabilities may be dropped off at the Meliora Lot with golf cart service to the Eastman Quadrangle. Golf cart service is provided as a convenience to all guests on a first come, first served basis. Handicapped parking will be available in the Library Lot for vehicles with an authorized handicapped parking permit. 

Parking for Eastman Theatre Diploma Ceremonies: Parking for the Sunday Eastman Theatre diploma ceremonies will be available for a fee in the East End Garage on East Main Street between Swan and Scio streets or in the Allpro Parking Lot on the corner of Gibbs and East Main streets.


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Shuttle Service

Free Bus Service Sunday, May 20: Continuous service between the Eastman Theatre, Eastman Student Living Center, and the River Campus (Library Road entrance, Rush Rhees Library). Buses will run continuously from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Continuous service between Helen Wood Hall, Goler House, Southside/University Park and Whipple Park, Medical Center, Sarah Flaum Atrium, Park Lot, and the River Campus (Library Road entrance, Rush Rhees Library). Buses will run continuously from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Continuous service for graduates residing in the Riverview Apartments to campus ceremonies from 7 a.m. to noon.

Commencement participants should board a bus no later than 7:55 a.m. to be on time for robing and assembly for the academic procession.

Buses will be scheduled for Staybridge Suites and the Eastman School immediately following the College Commencement ceremony.

Please use the link below to view real-time maps and arrival predictions.


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Live Broadcasts

A number of locations around the River Campus will broadcast the College Commencement Ceremony in real time. Locations include Room 101, Dewey Hall; Hoyt Auditorium, Hubbell Auditorium; the IT Center in Rush Rhees Library.


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Information Centers

Before Graduation Weekend

Event and Classroom Management, 262 Hutchinson Road, Gavett Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 Phone: (585) 275-4111


University Registrar, 312 Lattimore Hall, University of Rochester, P.O. Box 270038, Rochester, NY 14627-0038; Phone: (585) 275-8131

On Graduation Weekend

Common Connection Information Center, 201 Wilson Commons; (585) 275-5911
Saturday, May  19, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Call University Security (24 hours) by dialing "13" from University phones, or use any of the direct-line Blue Light Emergency Phones, or call (585) 275-3333.


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Where to Stay 

2018 Rochester Area Lodging Guide


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Flower Sale 

Flowers will be available for purchase on Hoyt Plaza prior to the morning Commencement ceremony.Flowers are also available for pre-purcase and can be picked up on graduation morning. Please visit this link to pre-order.

*Please note the Commencement Office will be closed for Commencement related activities starting on Friday, May 18- Sunday, May 20.*

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