Application for Graduation

Students must complete an online application for graduation which can be found on the Registrar’s Office website prior to graduation. Information regarding the application will be sent by Email to students. Students who graduate at the end of summer (August) may participate in the previous June Commencement ceremony and your name will be listed in the Commencement booklet. For example, If you graduate at the end of summer quarter, August 2016, you may participate in the June, 2016 Commencement ceremony. Simon Business School graduates MBA/MS students three times a year. Students who complete requirements for their degree at the end of the summer quarter will have their degrees awarded in August of that year. Students who complete requirements for their degree at the end of the fall quarter will have their degree awarded the following March, and those completing their degree requirements at the end of winter or spring quarters will have their degree awarded in June. PhD students who complete requirements are awarded their degree in October, March or June.


Students automatically receive three tickets for Commencement. Students do not need a ticket and any children who will not need a seat do not need a ticket. Tickets will be distributed by the Office of Student Engagement in the spring quarter. OSE will also email students who would like to be placed on the waitlist for additional tickets beyond the three. The waitlist will be first come, first serve. Only students who have completed the Application for Graduation will receive tickets.

Commencement Rehearsal and Ceremony

Commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at the Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., there will be a continental breakfast available for you on the second floor of the Cominsky Promenade at the Eastman School of Music. It is very important you attend this rehearsal, as we want to be certain you are familiar with the process that will take place at Sunday's Commencement. The rehearsal will last one hour. To add some excitement, we will award a GoPro to a lucky graduate who attends the rehearsal. At the rehearsal, you will receive important details concerning the procedures regarding the robing and line-up process and the seating arrangement for the ceremony. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018, and lasts approximately two and a half hours. Students can line up beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Eastman Theatre. All graduates are required to be in line by 9:30 a.m. Do not be late. Personal items, such as cameras, purses, and coats, should be left with family members or friends before arriving at the Eastman Theatre. There is no secure room to house these items so we do not recommend that you bring them with you. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for guests.

Cap and Gown

Students must order their cap and gown online through Oak Hill. Individuals placing orders after the deadline cannot be guaranteed proper regalia size. If you miss the registration deadline, you must contact the Bookstore at 585-275-8348 or as soon as possible. Caps, gowns, and tassels will be individually packaged and available for distribution at the Barnes and Noble at University of Rochester. If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during the times noted above, Bookstore personnel will be at the Eastman Theatre on Sunday, June 4, (the day of Commencement) to distribute any unclaimed regalia. It is recommended, however, that you obtain your items in advance so you can remove the gown from its packaging and allow any wrinkles to fall out. Please also note that your hood will not be supplied at the time you pick up your cap and gown because it will be presented in the formal hooding, which is part of the Commencement Ceremony.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society in business and management. Membership is limited to those in the upper 20 percent of the MBA class of institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Election to the University of Rochester chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma takes place in the winter and spring quarters of a student’s final year of study. Those admitted are recognized formally at the Commencement ceremonies in June. PhD graduates are elected in the spring.

Graduation Week Events

Several signature events will take place the week leading up to graduation including:
-Toast to the Grads hosted by Simon Advancement to welcome students as alumnae
-Beta Gamma Sigma Luncheon for the top 20% of graduating students
-Several social celebrations hosted by the GBC
-Dean’s Picnic where graduating students can invite their friends and family

Simon Email Forwarding

Your Simon email address will be permanently assigned and is “for life.” On or about ninety days after graduation the account no longer accommodates mail storage; the address simply becomes a forwarding address to the personal account provided by the alum.