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Commencement Weekend Festivities

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The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has an exciting weekend planned for its bachelor's degree candidates, May 18-20, 2018!

Graduating another cohort of young engineers and computer scientists is a momentous occasion, and with a little organization and need-to-know information on the big event, the day will be smooth and seamless for students and their families.

For the master's and PhD ceremonies, the Arts, Sciences and Engineering ceremonies,  and university-wide commencement information, please refer to the University of Rochester's Commencement website.

Saturday, May 19

Hajim School Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony

9:30 a.m., Strong Auditorium

Some professions have rites of passage marking one’s entrance. The Order of the Engineer ceremony is often considered the rite for engineers. Formed to provide a sense of closure at the end of your engineering studies, the ceremony gives a visible means for students graduating from programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, (BME, CHE, ECE, ME, and OPE) to identify with other engineers.

Department of Computer Science Celebration

4-6 p.m., Interfaith Chapel (reception immediately following)

Sunday, May 20

Department of Biomedical Engineering Open House

10:15-11:15 a.m., Goergen Hall, 2nd floor

Pastries, coffee, Senior Design posters. For shuttle bus service see parking and transportation.

Institute of Optics Open House

10:30-11:30 a.m., Goergen Hall, 5th floor

Hajim School Reception

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hajim Quadrangle

Although tickets are not required for this event, to ensure sufficient food and seating we do ask that graduates RSVP to their undergraduate coordinator with an estimated number of participants and dietary restrictions no later than May 1. The menu will consist of stations of cheese, barbecue foods, and desserts. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Students, family, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to this school-wide barbecue picnic.

Diploma Ceremony

3:00 p.m., Kodak Hall, 60 Gibbs Street (Directions)
View the 2017 diploma ceremony
Read about the 2017 diploma ceremony

Individual diplomas will be presented at this ceremony. Tickets are not required.

Please note: the doors to Kodak Hall will not open before 2:15 pm. The Eastman Theatre is equipped for people with mobility concerns. Upon arrival, persons needing assistance should request assistance from a Theatre usher for access to elevators and wheelchair seating. The ceremony will also be simulcast in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Information for Graduating Seniors

Please review four things you need to do ahead of time to ensure your graduation status and to assist us in planning the ceremony.

Graduates must arrive at the Eastman Theatre and be fully gowned by 2:30 p.m. Later this semester, we will provide instructions to help the ceremony proceed smoothly. Instructions from 2017 can be viewed here.

We have made arrangements with GradImages to take three photographs of every graduate. Candidates have the option of purchasing photographs, however there is no obligation to do so. Visit GradImages to register and receive a coupon to save 20% off!

Parking and Transportation

In addition to the University's commencement parking and shuttle information, here are recommendations specific to the Hajim School events occurring on Sunday, May 20:

  • Continuous shuttle service will be provided from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between the River Campus (Library Road entrance, Rush Rhees Library) and the Eastman Student Living Center.
  • Parking for the Hajim School Diploma Ceremony is available for a fee in the East End Garage or in the Allpro Parking Lot. For more information see driving directions to the Eastman Theatre.

It's not too soon to start thinking about our 2018 Commencement. Here's the preliminary schedule, with more details to follow!