Information for Undergraduates

This page contains important information concerning Commencement 2014. Please read the information carefully.

If you have any questions about the Commencement program or this information, please contact Conference and Events Services at ext. 6-4300 or ces@brandeis.edu.

To apply for graduation, confirm diploma name and specify diploma ceremony, (formally mini-commencement ceremony), attendance, visit sage.brandeis.edu. The Graduation and Commencement link is now available.

Schedule for Commencement Day

Sunday, May 18, 2014
8 to 9:30 a.m. School and Department Ceremonies

Individual graduates will be recognized by name. The presentation of prizes and awards will also be made during this ceremony. If you are a double major, your name will be read at both ceremonies. Although you might be able to attend both diploma ceremonies, the actual diploma will be handed out at the ceremony location you have confirmed at sage.brandeis.edu.
10 a.m. Formation of Academic Procession

All graduating seniors attending the main ceremony must line up for the academic procession at the exterior tunnel entrance (near the baseball field) of the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. After lining up, the procession will enter Gosman for the main ceremony.

NOTE: Graduate students participating in the main Commencement ceremony should line up in the Shapiro Gym.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Undergraduate degrees will be conferred en masse, honorary degrees will be conferred individually and the Commencement address will be given. The program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Please advise your guests that admission into the arena (through the main doors on the arena level) will be permitted only with the presentation of entrance tickets. We recommend that guests arrive well in advance to allow time to enter and find seating. Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

NOTE: Doors will close promptly at 10:20 a.m. to allow room for the academic procession. Doors will reopen following the conclusion of the procession at approximately 10:50 a.m.

1:30 to 3 p.m. School and Department Ceremonies

Individual graduates will be recognized by name. The presentation of prizes and awards will also be made during this ceremony. If you are a double major, your name will be read at both ceremonies. Although you might be able to attend both diploma ceremonies, the actual diploma will be handed out at the ceremony location you have confirmed at sage.brandeis.edu.
 4 to 5:30 p.m. School and Department Ceremonies

Individual graduates will be recognized by name. The presentation of prizes and awards will also be made during this ceremony. If you are a double major, your name will be read at both ceremonies. Although you might be able to attend both diploma ceremonies, the actual diploma will be handed out at the ceremony location you have confirmed at sage.brandeis.edu.

Invitations

Conference and Event Services will mail one invitation to the Commencement ceremony to your parent(s) or guardian(s) at your permanent address as listed in sage.brandeis.edu.

Remember that Commencement invitations do not constitute tickets of admission to the main ceremony.

Please note: You may purchase additional graduation announcements at the bookstore.

Commencement Tickets/Senior Exit Survey

Admission to the main Commencement ceremony will be by ticket only. Each graduating senior will receive six (6) tickets to the main ceremony. Seniors who need more than six tickets should obtain them from other class members who may not need all of their tickets.

Information regarding arrangements for guests with disabilities will be available when you pick up your tickets.

An online senior exit survey, designed to gather feedback as students reflect on their overall experience at Brandeis University, will be open in March and remain open for graduating seniors to take through May 19. Seniors will receive an e-mail invitation with the survey link to complete the survey when it opens. The senior exit survey is a function of Institutional Research. The e-mail message will come from research@brandeis.edu.

Students who have questions regarding the senior exit survey may contact the registrar's office at research@brandeis.edu.

Senior Sign Out

Senior Sign Out is a program provided for seniors to connect with departments across campus before Commencement. Seniors can pick up Commencement tickets, purchase Senior Week tickets, verify an address for your free yearbook, and visit with representatives from the Alumni Association and Hiatt Career Center.

Senior Sign Out will be held in International Lounge in the Usdan Student Center on the following dates and times:

Monday April 28
Noon to 7 p.m.
Tuesday April 29
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday April 30
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please bring your student identification card and complete all student loan exit counseling prior to your arrival.

If you will not be on campus during the above dates to pick up your tickets, please notify Conference and Events Services at ces@brandeis.edu. Conference and Events Services will arrange an alternative day for you to pick up your tickets.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns for graduating seniors will be available for purchase at the Brandeis bookstore starting on Monday April 28, 2014. Caps and gowns are black with a royal blue and white hood. The cost for the complete outfit is $56.00.

The cap and gown is made completely from recycled material. After Commencement, graduates are encouraged to complete the "green cycle" and bring their gowns to locations in the Shapiro Campus Center and senior housing for recycling.

Seniors who will not be on campus prior to Commencement weekend should contact the bookstore on or after April 28th at (781) 736-4272. Caps and gowns can be prepaid for and picked up on Commencement weekend.

The Brandeis bookstore is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Commencement weekend, the bookstore will be open for extended hours:

Friday May 16
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday May 17
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday May 18
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Graduation Announcements

Social announcements recognizing the Brandeis Class of 2014 will be available for purchase in the bookstore starting in April. Each announcement will cost $2.00.

Personalized announcements are available for order from Herff Jones, Inc. Please be aware that personalized announcements can take up to four weeks to be delivered after the order is placed.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames are available for purchase at the bookstore or online. Every diploma is the same size and will fit the frame, regardless of the number of majors or minors a student completes.

Commencement Photos

The university has made arrangements with Commencement Photos, specialists in graduation photography, to photograph graduating seniors on Commencement Day.

Photographers will be at each Departmental Diploma Ceremony to take photographs of students when they receive their diplomasAll graduates will be photographed and there is no cost unless you wish to purchase.

Proof photos will be sent approximately one week after Commencement. If you are satisfied with the proof, you may order final prints directly from the company.

Commencement Photos guarantees complete satisfaction with your photograph or you will receive a full refund, no questions asked. For additional information, please contact Commencement Photos:

School and Departmental Ceremonies

School and departmental ceremonies will begin promptly at the times indicated. Tickets are not required for admission, but seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. The faculty from the department conducts these ceremonies.

Students should wear their cap and gown to both the department and the main ceremonies.

>Go to diploma ceremony schedule

Hearing Enhancement Equipment

Hearing-enhancement equipment will be available to reserve for the main Commencement ceremony. Please complete this order form (PDF) and return it to Conference and Events Services, MS 087, Kutz 9, by Friday, May 2, 2014.

Exit Interviews

All graduating seniors who have received student loans while at Brandeis are required by federal regulations to complete an Exit Interview. If you are not sure if this applies to you, please call the Office of Student Financial Services at ext. 6-3700.

Most graduating seniors can complete all of their exit requirements online.

If you received institutional loans (Brandeis Loan, Saval Loan or Wien Loan), you will need to complete the mandatory exit counseling in person. Follow the instructions mailed to you to complete this process.

You will receive notification in your on-campus mailbox in March 2014 summarizing your student loan debt, and if you qualify to complete your exit counseling session online, or if you must attend an exit counseling session in person.

To complete any online exit interview, you will need a personal identification number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education. If you have forgotten the PIN that was assigned to you, you can request your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.

We recommend that you request your pin now. A hold will be placed on your diploma and commencement tickets if you do not complete your exit interview.

More information to come. Check your campus mailbox.