Commencement 2016

The Eastman School of Music will proudly celebrate its 91st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Over 250 students will have their Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees conferred this year.


Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 9:00 AM
University Doctoral Commencement, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 11:15 AM
Eastman School of Music Commencement, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

**Link to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre –


Commencement 2016 Ceremony Information

**NEW  2016 Eastman Commencement Information To Candidates for the Eastman Bachelor and Master Degree

**NEW  Academic Regalia Information 2016  University Faculty Regalia 2016

**NEW  Letter to University Faculty 2016  University Faculty Letter-Commencement 2016

**NEW  Doctoral Commencement Letter 2016  Doctoral Invite 2016

University of Rochester Commencement Main Page –


Frequently Asked Questions

Are tickets required?

  • Tickets are not required and there is not a limit on how many friends and family may attend.

What if one of my guests needs special accommodations?

  • If any of your guests will require special accommodations, please notify the Registrar’s Office. Handicapped seating is available in the theatre, ushers will be on hand to direct people to the designated seating areas.

How long the ceremony expected to last?

  • Our commencement ceremony begins at 11:15am and is typically concluded by 1pm. Guests are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony in Cominsky Promenade.

Where should I park?

  • Parking for the Eastman 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.

Where should I stay for my visit?

Can I purchase invitations to send to friends and family?

  • Yes. Formal invitations and other graduation gifts may be ordered through the Eastman Bookstore.

Is there a commencement rehearsal?

  • There is not a commencement rehearsal for students. Students should arrive at the Grand Balcony by 10:15am the morning of commencement and will receive instructions at that time.

Where do I purchase academic regalia (cap & gown)?

  • Official academic regalia are required to participate in all commencement ceremonies. Academic regalia to be worn at the Commencement exercises must be purchased no later than April 29. 2016. Purchases can be made in person at any of the University of Rochester bookstores.

When can I receive my diploma?

  • Diplomas will be available to pick up after the ceremony on the Grand Balcony of Eastman Theatre.

When can I receive my diploma if I am not attending the ceremony?

  • Diplomas will be available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office on Monday, May 16, 2016. If you need us to mail your diploma, please indicate the address on your Degree Application or notify our office via email.

Students eligible to participate in commencement:


General Information


Commencement Program Archives

2015: Program    Awards
2014: Program    Awards
2013: Program    Awards
2012: Program    Awards
2011: Program    Awards
2010: Program    Awards
2009: Program    Awards
2008: Program    Awards
2007: Program    Photo Essay of Commencement 2007
2006: Program
2005: Program    Awards
2004: Program    Awards
2003: Program
2002: Program


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