Graduates smile for a selfie during the Graduate Commencement ceremony 2017.

Graduate Commencement

Event Recap

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Quinnipiac conferred 985 graduate degrees during two ceremonies held on May 13 at the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus. 

Tyrone “Woody” Woodyard, vice president of communications for Sikorsky, urged graduates of the Schools of Business, Communications and Education to embody confidence, curiosity and commitment during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Juan Quintana, chief executive officer of Sleepy Anesthesia Associates in Texas, urged graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing to treat others with kindness while following their passion during the 1 p.m. ceremony.

Schedule

Saturday, May 13, 2017


  • 9 a.m. - School of Business, School of Communications and School of Education
  • 1 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing

The ceremony processional begins 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony.

Both graduate ceremonies will be held at:

TD Bank Sports Center
York Hill Campus
305 Sherman Ave., Hamden, Connecticut

Speaker information

9 a.m. - School of Business, School of Communications and School of Education

Tyrone “Woody” Woodyard, vice president for communications at Sikorsky, will address the graduate ceremony for students earning advanced degrees in business, communications and education.

1 p.m. - College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing

Juan Quintana, president of Sleepy Anesthesia Associates, will address graduate degree recipients from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Health Sciences and Nursing.

Tickets

Tickets

Each graduate is permitted six tickets for the ceremony in the basketball arena.

The ticket registration link was sent to all eligible students via their Quinnipiac email on Tuesday, April 4. Eligible students also can access the link via Blackboard under Organizations.

The ceremony will be simulcast in the hockey arena adjacent to the ceremony site. Tickets are not required for the simulcast in the hockey arena. Both the ceremony and simulcast arenas are in the same building and connected by a common lobby.

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Children age two and older are required to have a ticket. Please note that there will be no additional tickets available. If there is a need for more tickets, students should ask fellow classmates who may not be using all of their tickets.

Handicapped accessible seating will be available. Tickets for this area can be obtained beginning at 12 p.m. on April 4 by calling the Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.

For more information:

Personalized announcement cards can be ordered through Jostens.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns

If you pre-ordered your cap and gown and did not pick it up during the Commencement Fair, please go to the bookstore location (Mount Carmel or North Haven) you selected for pick up during regular store hours. If you did not place an order online, please go to the Mount Carmel Bookstore to pick up a cap and gown package.

If you would like your cap and gown shipped to you, please call the bookstore at 203-582-8431 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Someone will return your call for full shipping information. Please note: the cap and gown are free of charge but there is a $10 fee for standard shipping (5-7 days) and $18 for overnight shipping.

You may keep the academic robe, cap, hood and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

Watch the instructional video below on how to wear your hood for the ceremony.

Programs, Photography and Flowers

Programs, photography and flowers

Programs


Commencement programs listing graduates' names will be distributed at each ceremony.

Photography


A professional photographer from Grad Images will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. Graduates can preregister their own email or the email addresses of friends and family and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering.

Flowers


Flowers will be available for purchase for the convenience of family and friends.

Reception

Reception

Following each ceremony, light snacks and beverages will be served at a reception in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus.

Consistent with university policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremony. In order to maintain the dignity of the proceedings, and in recognition of the importance of the day in the lives of our graduates and their families, we ask for your assistance with respect to our alcoholic beverage policy. Thank you for your cooperation.

Safety

Safety

Maintaining the safety and security of everyone taking part in our Commencement ceremonies at Quinnipiac University is of the utmost importance. To that end, certain items are prohibited at the TD Bank Sports Center. No alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp onto bleachers, noisemaking devices, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks or poles or weapons of any type are permitted. Neither graduates nor their guests may bring any of these items into the ceremonies.

Guests will be subject to visual inspection of person, bags and clothing that can conceal prohibited items. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Guests with Disabilities

Guests with disabilities


Parking

If you or a member of your party has a disability that requires special parking accommodations, please notify the Public Safety officers when you arrive at the TD Bank Sports Center. They will direct you to handicap parking. Please note, Public Safety also operates golf carts and shuttles to and from the parking area and the arena and reception areas.

Tickets and seating

Handicapped accessible seating will be available. Tickets for this area can be obtained beginning at 12 p.m. on April 4 by calling the Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.

Lineup Information

Lineup information

All candidates for degrees must report to the floor of the hockey arena one hour prior to the start of their ceremony, otherwise we cannot guarantee your participation in the ceremony. Degree candidates must be dressed in their caps and gowns. When you check in, you will receive a numbered card that indicates your place in the alphabetical lineup. The card also has your name on it. Keep this card with you, as you will be required to present it to the dean, who will read your name aloud as you enter the platform area.

The ceremony processional begins 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony.

  • School of Business, School of Communications and School of Education - processional begins at 8:45 a.m.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing - processional begins at 12:45 p.m.

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