Ceremony Information

Commencement program

Please read this important 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 attendance, visit sage.brandeis.edu. The "Apply for Graduation" link is now available.

Schedule for Commencement Day

Sunday, May 19

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

Main Ceremony Tickets and Invitations

Admission to the main Commencement ceremony will be by ticket only (tickets are not required for the diploma ceremonies). Each graduating senior will receive five (5) tickets to the main ceremony, which can be picked up at Senior Sign Out. Seniors who need more than five 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. Hearing-enhancement equipment will be available at the information desk located in the Gosman Lobby for the main Commencement ceremony. It is not necessary to reserve this in advance. You may just stop by and pick them up that day.

One Commencement invitation will be mailed to your parent(s) or guardian(s) at your permanent address as listed in sage.brandeis.edu. Commencement invitations do not constitute tickets of admission to the main ceremony. You may also purchase graduation announcements.

School and Department Diploma Ceremonies

School and department diploma ceremonies will begin promptly at the times indicated on the Diploma Ceremony Schedule. 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.

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.

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