The University of Arizona

SBS Convocation for Masters & PhD Graduates

We invite you to the 5th Annual Graduate Convocation on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 9:00 am at Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd.

Eligibility to Walk in the SBS Convocation for Masters and Ph D Graduates

You are eligible to participate based upon the following agreed upon to by heads, directors, and deans in the college:

Any College of SBS MA, MFA, or PhD student who *has completed* his or her degree in Summer 2021 through Spring 2022, OR any SBS MA or PhD student who *anticipates completing* his or her degree in Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 to participate in this celebration of his or her achievement.

You are not eligible to participate if you have already walked in a previous SBS Convocation for Masters and PhD Graduates.

This event is the only SBS-hosted graduate ceremony.

RSVP and Inviting your Faculty Mentor

SBS graduate students intending to participate *MUST* respond via the online RSVP site no later than Sunday, April 24th by midnight to be guaranteed a spot at the ceremony and *six* guest tickets. After we assess the number of graduates and ticket requests, we may issue more guest tickets. Participating graduates do not need a ticket to enter.

When submitting the RSVP, graduate students will be asked to list the faculty member to invite to the ceremony and conduct the hooding. Usually, this person is the major advisor for the creative work, thesis, or dissertation. In advance of the RSVP, the student should ask that mentor to participate, assuring that the faculty member is available for the event. The student may invite one substitute faculty member, if the advisor is unavailable.

You must RSVP by Sunday April 24th or you may not be allowed to participate. We will try to accommodate late RSVPs in terms of getting to walk, *BUT* it may not be feasible. Late RSVPs complicate all aspects of the event, including stage set-up, seating for guest, etc. We URGE you to RSVP on time!

Once you submit your RSVP, you will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, please contact

SBS departments have separate celebrations and the university also hosts the campus-wide graduation ceremony. These celebrations have different deadlines and RSVP processes. Any questions about the ceremonies can be directed to

Graduate Instructions for Day of Event

  • Check-in will begin at 8:00 am on the east side of Centennial Hall. You must check-in by 8:45 am in order to be seated before the ceremony begins.
  • You must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Caps, gowns, and hoods are available from the UA BookStores.
  • On average, the SBS graduate ceremony runs 1 to 1 ½ hours long.

Guest Seating

Each guest must have a printed ticket to participate in the event. Doors open at 8:00 am. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The security policy for Centennial is found at

We will be providing a livestream option this year with a link forthcoming! 

Location and Parking:

Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd

Closest recommended parking is at Tyndall Garage, 880 E 4th St.


  • Do you have guests that can’t make it to the ceremony? A livestream of the SBS Convocation will be available at

Contact us

Any questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations, please contact Isabel Contreras at 520-621-8402 or

Looking for info on the University-wide commencement ceremony or other convocation events? Visit the UA Commencement website.