Ceremony Information

The deadline for purchasing caps and gowns from Balfour is Friday, April 15.

Please read this important information carefully. If you have any questions about the Commencement program or this information, please email commencement@brandeis.edu.

Schedule for Commencement Day

Sunday, May 22

Time Ceremony
8 to 9:30 a.m. School and Department Diploma Ceremonies
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. Main Ceremony
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 Diploma Ceremonies
4 to 5:30 p.m. School and Department Diploma Ceremonies


School and Department Diploma Ceremonies

School and department diploma ceremonies will begin promptly at the times indicated on the Diploma Ceremony Schedule. Tickets are required for admission. The faculty from the department conduct these 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. 

Arts & Sciences diplomas will be available for pick-up at the Shapiro Campus Center, Multipurpose room (2nd floor), on Saturday May 21 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., and on Sunday, May 22 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Please bring your student id for pick-up.) Students will also receive diploma covers at their individual diploma ceremonies. 

Rabb Graduate & Professional Studies, Heller School, and International Business School diplomas will be handed out at their specific ceremonies on Sunday, May 22.

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