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Frequently asked questions

We’ve developed these frequently asked questions to help graduates, guests, faculty, and staff navigate and celebrate Commencement Weekend.

If you need additional support, contact our office for assistance.


Schedule and details

Commencement Weekend for the Class of 2023 takes place May 12–14, 2023. The weekend kicked off with the conferral of all degrees at the University Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 12 at 9 a.m. at Fauver Stadium at the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex on the River Campus.

Commencement Weekend continues with events for graduates, their families and friends, faculty, and staff, including graduation ceremonies for schools and departments, where each student will be recognized on stage.

Find the latest information on the weekend schedule.

Yes, tune in for weekend events and get access to live broadcasts. Also view a recording of the University Commencement Ceremony.

School graduation ceremonies will occur throughout the weekend. See the schedule for times and locations.


All academic degrees are conferred at the University Commencement ceremony on May 12. Graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail a few weeks after commencement. Explore the full schedule of weekend events.

Regalia: Cap and gown

Caps and gowns are available for pick-up or purchase at the Barnes and Noble University of Rochester Bookstore at College Town and the Eastman School of Music Bookstore. 

If you did not order in advance, know that the store has a significant supply of extra items in all sizes and degrees. Even so, it is recommended that you stop by the store as soon as possible to ensure the best fit and correct hood color.

The College Town bookstore will have extended hours through Commencement Weekend:

  • Friday, May 12: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; a regalia station will be on campus at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 13: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yes, students are required to wear a cap and gown.

Yes, students are required to wear regalia for every ceremony they participate in.

Students can request financial assistance to order regalia through the Student Support Basic Needs Hub. The Hub provides urgent necessities, such as clothing, emergency shelter, and access to academic tools.

Student registration and attendance

Yes. All graduates were required to register if they plan to attend a school or department graduation ceremony. Registration is now closed.

No, guests do not need tickets to attend school and department graduation ceremonies.

Guest guidance

There is not a limit on the number of guests for any ceremonies or weekend events.


Yes, a lost and found station will be at Wilson Commons Common Connection, located in Wilson Commons 201, and staffed throughout Commencement Weekend.

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