Information and Services
Please note the Commencement Office will be closed for commencement related activities starting on Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19.
- Where to eat
- Announcements and Class Rings
- UR Tech Store
- Memorial Art Gallery
- Senior Week tickets
- Accessible Seating
- Shuttle service
- Information centers
- Where to stay
- Flower sale
The Pit in Wilson Commons
Friday, May 17, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Starbucks in Wilson Commons
Friday, May 17, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Connections in Rush Rhees Library
Sunday, May 19, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Peet’s @ Wegmans Hall
Friday, May 17, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Hillside POD in Susan B. Anthony Halls
Friday, May 17, noon–10 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, noon–10 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Barnes and Noble at University of Rochester, (585) 275-4012
Friday, May 17, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Pop-up location (for emergency purchases and regalia issues):
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Wilson Commons, Room 407
Eastman School of Music, (585) 274-1399
Friday, May 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
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 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for purchase of class rings.
Rush Rhees Library, River Campus: (585) 275-8353, Option 6
Medical Center: (585) 275-8353, Option 7
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Friday, May 17, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Senior Week tickets will go on sale Friday, April 21st at the Common Market.
Hillel Shabbat Services and Dinner (need to make reservations, Free). Make reservations by May 5 at www.rochesterhillel.org.
Graduating Students (need to make a reservation, free). Make reservations at www.rochesterhillel.org.
Chabad House events (need to make a reservation, free). Make reservations at www.urchabad.org.
Call (585) 275-3157 for reservations to the Minority Student Affairs Dinner.
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. Use our online reservation form to reserve tickets.
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, www.rochester.edu/commencement or contact the Event and Classroom Management Office at (585) 275-4111.
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.
Free Shuttle Service Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19
- Shuttle service to the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center from Rush Rhees Library on Saturday from 11:15 a.m.–2:45 p.m. and on Sunday there will be continuous service beginning at 10:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Continuous service between the Eastman Theatre, Eastman Student Living Center, Goergen Hall (BME), and the River Campus (Library Road entrance, Rush Rhees Library) from 7 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, Zone 3 South, and the River Campus (Library Road entrance, Rush Rhees Library) from 7 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 on the Eastman Quadrangle, River Campus. Buses will be scheduled to return to the Eastman School immediately following the Arts, Sciences & Engineering Commencement ceremony.
Please utilize the UR Bus Tracker section of the UR Mobile App to view real-time maps and arrival predictions.
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; Wegmans 1400; Rettner Hall; Rooms 121, 122 and Starbucks Lounge, Wilson Commons.
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 18, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
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.
Flowers will be available for purchase on Hoyt Plaza prior to the morning Commencement ceremony.Flowers are also available for pre-purchase and can be picked up on graduation morning. Please visit this link to pre-order.