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College Commencement

Information and Services

Flower sale Please note the Commencement Office will be closed for commencement related activities starting on Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19.

Where to Eat

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. 

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College Town:

Barnes & Noble at the University of Rochester Bookstore
1305 Mt. Hope Ave
(585) 275-4012

Friday, May 17, 9 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.– 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Pop-up location (for emergency purchases and regalia issues)
Wilson Commons, Room 407
Sunday, May 19, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.


Eastman School of Music Bookstore
25 Gibbs Street
(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

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Announcements and 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 19 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 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.

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Senior Week Tickets

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

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.

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 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.

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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; Wegmans 1400; Rettner Hall; Rooms 121, 122 and Starbucks Lounge, Wilson Commons.

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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

Office of the University Registrar
127 Lattimore Hall
University of Rochester
P.O. Box 270038
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-8131

On Graduation Weekend

Common Connection Information Center
201 Wilson Commons
Phone: (585) 275-5911
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 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 

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-purchase and can be picked up on graduation morning.

Please visit pre-order.

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