Correspondence: PhD/Doctoral Students
If you are interested in participating in May Commencement, please read the following:
To be eligible for Commencement, you will need to apply for graduation via Testudo
for the required semester. In addition, you must have passed your final
dissertation defense (including completion of required changes by the
dissertation committee) no later than
dissertation deadline set by the Graduate School.
If you have already passed your dissertation and technically graduated, but did
not participate in any ceremonies, then you do not need to worry about the previous
sentence. If you are unsure if you are eligible or will be eligible please feel
free to contact the PhD Program Office at
Commencement dates and info
It is important to note that May is a longer ceremony
in that there are more undergraduates and Masters' students. In May, you may sit
on stage for 2-3 hours. In December, the ceremony is usually 1-2 hours.
The University ceremony requires you to wear your robe and carry your hood (as
you are not hooded yet). Because this ceremony is for the whole university, your
recognition will be in the form of the announcer asking doctoral students to stand
for applause, and the Smith School of Business to stand for applause.
At the Smith Commencement Ceremony, you will be part of the walk-in (in the Dean
and Department Chairs arrival) and sit on stage for the ceremony. The doctoral programs
are usually recognized first and require you to be "hooded" by your faculty member
in the presence of Dr. Amna Kirmani (as director of the program) and Dean Anand.
Your name, program and dissertation title will be announced as you are hooded. Because
you sit on the main stage with the faculty and Dean, you will need to be there for
the whole ceremony.
Things you need to do as soon as possible:
The PhD Program Office will keep you posted throughout the semester on deadlines
and information regarding the regalia. All information related to commencement is
available on the Smith School of Business website
If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the PhD Program Office