Graduates in caps and gowns walk into the arena

Graduating Students

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Congratulations on your graduation! You’ll find all the information you need here as you prepare for your big day — from ordering your cap and gown to when to arrive for your ceremony.

Important Dates

Ceremony Overview

All ceremonies will take place at Lender Court at the People’s United Center on the York Hill Campus, located at 305 Sherman Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut.

Graduates and their guests are invited to a reception immediately following each ceremony.

Friday, May 17

  • 5 to 7 p.m. – Parents Reception, Rocky Top Student Center

Saturday, May 18

  • 9 a.m. – School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing
  • 2 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications

Sunday, May 19

  • 9 a.m. - School of Business, School of Engineering

Commencement Day Order of Events


Please keep in mind, several area universities are holding their Commencement ceremonies on the same weekend as Quinnipiac. For this reason, please allow additional travel time when planning your arrival for Commencement.

Doors will open one hour before the start time of each ceremony.

Parking for Commencement will be available at the university. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas. For handicap-accessible parking information, please see Graduates and Guests with Disabilities.


All candidates for degrees must report to the floor of the hockey arena at the People’s United Center by the time indicated below, 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.

Saturday, May 18

  • School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing - 8 a.m.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • School of Business, School of Engineering – 8 a.m.


The procession will begin 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Faculty marshals will guide graduates to the appropriate seat row.

  • When you get to your seat, please remain standing as the faculty, staff and platform participants march to their seats.
  • During the invocation, all should stand.
  • After the invocation, all are seated, following the example of those on the platform.
  • Except for the time when you receive your degree, please remain seated during the ceremony.

Receiving your diploma

  • Each group of graduates will be called in order; the marshal will direct the groups to the platform area at the correct time.
  • As you approach the platform, please present the card you received during check in to the dean, who will then read your name as you cross the stage.
  • The president will shake your right hand as she hands your diploma cover to your left hand.
  • You will then continue across the stage. As you exit the stage, please pause to have your photo taken, and then return to your seat.
  • Once the entire group has returned to their seats, the president will announce the conferral of degrees ("By the power vested in me by the Board of Trustees, I hereby confer upon you the degree of...").
  • At the ceremony conclusion, you will be invited to move your tassel to the left side of your cap.

When the ceremonies are over, the audience will rise for the benediction. All graduates will remain standing while the platform party exits. Students may keep the academic robe, cap, hood and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

All ceremonies are expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

Post-ceremony 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. All guests in the basketball and hockey arenas are invited to attend.

Consistent with university policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremony. 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.

Tickets and Announcement Cards


All eligible graduating students will receive the ticket registration link and instructions via their Quinnipiac email in early April. Eligible students also will be able to access the link via Blackboard under “Organizations.”

The number of tickets per graduate for each ceremony is as follows:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: 4
  • School of Business: 5
  • School of Communications: 4
  • School of Engineering: 5
  • School of Health Sciences: 4
  • School of Nursing: 4

Graduating students are not required to have a ticket. Children age 3 and older are required to have a ticket. Children under age 3 may be seated in a stroller or on the lap of a parent or guardian. Handicapped-accessible seating will be available and instructions on obtaining tickets for this area will be included in the ticket email that will be sent to eligible students in early April.

Each ceremony will be simulcast in the adjacent Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena. 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. All guests in both arenas are invited to attend the post-ceremony reception at the Rocky Top Student Center.

Please note that there will be no additional tickets available. If you need more tickets, you should ask your classmates who may not be using all of their tickets.

Further information will be sent to eligible graduates in the Spring semester.

For more information, please email

Announcement cards

Personalized announcement cards may be ordered through Jostens.

Caps, Gowns and Cords

Caps and gowns

Registration for your free cap and gown will begin on Monday, January 14, and will end on Friday, March 8. All eligible students will receive an email with instructions on January 14.    

Cap and gown pick-up will be available at the Graduation Station which will take place on the following days:

  • Monday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Piazza, Mount Carmel Campus
  • Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Piazza, Mount Carmel Campus
  • Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Multipurpose Room, North Haven Campus

If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown in person at the Graduation Station, someone may do it for you. If you do not pre-order your cap and gown, you will need to provide your height and weight to ensure a proper fit. If you are unable to have your gown picked up at the Graduation Station, please check back for additional pick-up times and locations. Shipping is available after Monday, April 29, by contacting the bookstore on the campus you selected during the order process. Standard shipping rates are $7.50 for 5 to 7 days or $18 for overnight.

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


Cords representing Quinnipiac-recognized academic honor societies and the University Honors Program are permitted. Academic honors societies are responsible for ordering their cords. Please check with your honors society adviser for further information. Gold cords representing the academic honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude will be issued when you check in on the day of Commencement.

Cords, stoles, medals and other adornments may be worn to indicate membership in any university-recognized group. All adornments worn during Commencement must be in keeping with the dignified nature of the ceremony. The Commencement ceremony recognizes academic achievements; additional cords, stoles, medals or other adornments for university-recognized non-academic groups should complement this primary focus, not compete with or detract from it. Offensive and other inappropriate adornments may be removed by university personnel on the day of Commencement. All adornments utilizing the Quinnipiac logo must be approved by the Office of Integrated Marketing Communications.

Graduates and Guests with Disabilities


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 People’s United Center. They will direct you to handicap-accessible parking. Please note, Public Safety also operates golf carts and shuttles to and from the parking area and the arena and reception areas. No advance registration for handicap-accessible parking is required.

Tickets and seating

Handicap-accessible seating will be available. Further information will be sent to eligible graduates in the spring semester.


A professional photographer will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. You can preregister your own email, or the email of a friend or family member, and you will be contacted as soon as your photos are available for online viewing and ordering.

Parents Reception

Parents and their graduates are invited to attend a reception on Friday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus. The reception is social in nature and provides graduates and their parents with an opportunity to come together with faculty and administration as well as their classmates. Light food, wine, beer, soda and water will be available.

There are no tickets required for this event.


A live webcast will be available during each ceremony. Please check back on May 18 and 19 for viewing information.

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