The University of Arizona

SBS Convocation for Masters & PhD Graduates

Dear Colleagues,


We invite you to the 4th Annual Graduate Convocation on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 9:00 am at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street (Downtown Tucson).


Hooding of Graduates in Summer 2019-Spring OR Soon-to-be Graduates in Summer or Fall 2020

We invite any SBS MA or PhD student who *has completed* his or her degree in Summer 2019 through Spring 2020, OR any SBS MA or PhD student who *anticipates completing* his or her degree in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 to participate in this celebration of his or her achievement. We ask that you forward this message to all of your graduate students, allowing them to make plans with family and friends for this event.


RSVP and Naming Advisor to Hood

SBS has a required RSVP page for all graduate students planning to participate. Graduate students must use the site to RSVP by no later than Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 11:59 pm. At the time of RSVP, graduate students will be asked to list the faculty member to hood them. 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 should invite a substitute faculty member, if the advisor is unavailable.


Only SBS Graduate Student Ceremony (Graduate student do not walk in the undergraduate ceremony)

IMPORTANT: SBS does not have any other ceremony that allows graduate student participation. This event is the only SBS-hosted graduate ceremony. Thus, with approval from all of our departments, we strongly encourage any graduate student anticipating a Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 graduation be hooded at the Spring 2020 ceremony, especially if the graduate anticipates moving away from Tucson before the Spring 2021 event. We do not make exceptions for graduate students to walk with undergraduate students.


Any questions about the ceremony can be directed to


Thank you for sending this message to graduate students in your departments, and we look forward to celebrating with you in May


Guest seating

This event is free and guest tickets will be required. Doors open at 8:00 am. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Check in

Check-in for graduates will begins at 8:00 a.m.  You must check in by 8:50 a.m., in order to be seated before the ceremony begins.

Cap and gown

You must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Caps, gowns, hoods, and tams are available from the UA BookStores.

Location and parking

The Fox Tucson Theatre is located at the northwest corner of Congress St. and Stone Ave. in downtown Tucson. There are several parking garages nearby. Or consider taking the Sun Link Street Car, which runs through downtown Tucson from the UA Medical Campus to the Mercado San Agustin.

La Placita Garage
211 S. Church Avenue

Pennington Street Garage
110 E. Pennington St.

Contact us

Grauates in need of special assistance, 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.