CALS Graduation Convocation

Congratulations graduates! You’ve done the work, created lifelong memories, and built enduring connections. Now reflect back, look forward, and celebrate your success! We look forward to celebrating your achievements and welcoming you as the newest members of the CALS Alumni family.

CALS undergraduate and graduate students from all campuses - Main, Online, Distance, and South - are invited to participate in the CALS Graduation Convocation and the CALS Senior Sendoff!

CALS Graduation Celebrations

December 2021: RSVP Here by 12/6/2021 (Students Only)

CALS Senior Sendoff
Thursday, December 16, 2021
11:30 am - 1 pm
Location TBA

CALS Graduation Convocation
Friday, December 17, 2021
9 am
Centennial Hall
May 2022: RSVP Opens in March 2022
CALS Senior Sendoff
Friday, May 13, 2022
8:30 - 10 am
Location TBA

CALS Graduation Convocation
Friday, May 13, 2022
2 pm
McKale Center

Are you...
  1. Class of 2020 or did the COVID-19 pandemic prevent you from participating in an in-person CALS Graduation Convocation? If so, you are invited to attend one of the in-person convocations this academic year.
  2. Walking in a different term? Do you want to walk in a CALS Graduation Convocation before or after your actual graduation term (e.g. you want to walk in May 2022 but are graduating in Fall 2021)?

If either of the two scenarios above apply to you, please complete this form to indicate your participation interest.

Graduating Student Speaker

Are you eager to share your reflections, hopes, and well-wishes in front of the entire December graduating class?! If that sounds like you apply to be the CALS Graduating Student Speaker! Apply by Monday, November 29 to be considered. Learn more and apply here.

December Graduation FAQ

  • Where do I RSVP?
    • The CALS Graduation Convocation RSVP is through our student management system, eSMS. Eligible students can complete the Convocation RSVP here.
  • What is the RSVP deadline?
    • All students must complete the Convocation RSVP by the end of the day on Monday, 12/6/2021.
  • I'm graduating but receive an error message from the Convocation RSVP. What do I do?
    • We apologize if you experience issues! For a quick resolution, email Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant,
  • For the December ceremony, how many tickets can I request?
    • The December CALS Graduation Convocation is held in Centennial Hall. For that reason, all guests must have a ticket. When the RSVP opens, students can initially request a maximum of 10 guest tickets. If tickets are remaining after the RSVP deadline, students will be allowed to request additional tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be notified by email the week of December 13 if additional tickets are available.
    • Although tickets are issued, guest seating is not assigned. All guest seating is general admission style and is available on a first come - first served basis.
  • When can I pick up my tickets?
    • Tickets will be available for pick up in the Forbes Building, Room 211 between 9 am - 3 pm on these three days:
      • Tuesday, December 7
      • Wednesday, December 8
      • Thursday, December 9
    • Students are responsible for picking up requested tickets on the dates listed above. Tickets will not be replaced if lost, damaged, or forgotten on the day of the ceremony.
    • If you or your guests have any questions, please contact Cecilia Mazon at or 520-621-3613.
  • Are a cap and gown required at the CALS Graduation Convocation?
    • Yes, cap and gown are required. A stole, tassel and cords are optional.
  • What is the CALS college color?
    • CALS has two graduation colors: Maize for all Agriculture/Life Sciences majors and Maroon for all majors in the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences.
  • Where do I purchase a cap and gown?
    • The UA BookStores hosts a GradFest event each semester; students often purchase graduation regalia during that event.
    • Many students also explore these options to obtain a cap and gown:
      • Borrow from a previous CALS student
      • Explore local thrift shops
  • Are diplomas handed out at graduation?
    • Diplomas are mailed by the Registrar's Office after all grades post; view more information here. Diplomas are not handed out at the College Graduation Convocation nor University Commencement. All students who walk in the CALS Graduation Convocation receive a college medallion.

Ceremony Day: What to Expect

  • Ceremony Check In – Students: On the day of the ceremony, graduating students will check in between 7 - 8:15 am at the Women’s Plaza of Honor (just west of Centennial Hall). Starting at 8:30 am students will begin to line up for the ceremony processional.
  • Guest Entrance: Guests do not need to check in. Centennial Hall opens at 8:00 am for general guest seating.
  • Bag Policy: Centennial Hall requires bag checks for all individuals entering the building. Review the Centennial Hall security policy to ensure you are in compliance on the day of the ceremony.
  • Centennial Hall/Venue Accessibility
    • Please review the accessibility info provided on Centennial Hall's website. If you have questions not addressed there, please contact their Box Office at (520) 621-3341.
    • On the day of the ceremony, ushers will be available to help guests to their seat.
    • Seating is first-come, first-served for all guests.
  • Accessible Parking
    • Limited wheelchair-accessible parking is available in parking lots and garages near Centennial Hall for patrons with wheelchair permits. Additional wheelchair parking (with permit) is located in the Tyndall Avenue Garage.
  • What happens at the Convocation ceremony?
    • All students who participate in the in-person Convocation ceremony will:
      • have their name read,
      • walk across stage,
      • receive a medallion as a graduation memento,
      • be hooded (Master's and Doctoral students only).
    • Additionally, all guests will receive a print program listing the names of all graduating students.

What's the Difference? Convocation vs Commencement

Convocations are ceremonies in which students are acknowledged in a smaller setting. Convocations are designed and coordinated by individual schools or colleges. At the CALS Graduation Convocation all graduating students:

  • can apply to be a graduation speaker,
  • have their name read,
  • walk across stage,
  • receive a medallion,
  • are hooded (Master's and Doctoral students only).

Commencement is the university-wide ceremony in honor of the completion of your academic requirements. The ceremony ends with a celebration of all Wildcats.


Contact Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant,

Safety Guidelines

  • For the safety of all the attendees, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences strongly recommends that all guests wear masks when attending this event. Masks will be available at the door for your convenience.
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: All guests will be required to follow campus health and safety protocols in place at the time of this event as well as adhere to any existing state and local guidelines. In addition, this event may be cancelled or changed on short notice due to public health circumstances. For updates and information, please visit