2022 spring commencement ceremony

Event Details & RSVP

The James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences cordially invites students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the college to join us on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial, South Ballroom, for the 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony. A light reception will immediately follow the program. Guests are allowed and there is no limit on number of guests per graduating student. Tickets are not required to attend.

In accordance with University policy, face masks will be recommended but not required.

To RSVP, please click here and complete the online form.

Parking & Directions

Free garage parking is available for all University of Arizona Convocations. The nearest garage to the Student Union is Second Street Garage located at 1303 E. University Blvd. Parking will be available on a first come first served basis. Additional parking is available in Cherry Avenue and Highland parking garages. The gates are not open, so you will have to speak with the cashier to get validated for exit. The commencement program you will receive at the event serves as proof of attendance for validation.

For more detailed maps and directions, please click here

Be Prepared for Graduation

Be sure to read the information to make sure you are ready for graduation day!

Graduation Slide

During the ceremony, a PowerPoint slide will be displayed for every graduate. Please download the slide template here and update it with your information (name, degree, photo, advisor, thesis/dissertation title, quote/plans/note of thanks). Do not modify the file layout or formatting. Upload your PowerPoint slide to the UA Box folder here by Sunday, May 1st.

Graduation Attire 

Cap, gown and hood can be purchased directly from the UA Bookstore, either in person or online. Stoles of gratitude are optional.

Undergraduate Students
BS students should purchase the orange Engineering tassel.

Graduate Students
OSC will provide a college-specific tassel for graduate students when checking in on the day of the commencement ceremony. The most important piece is the regalia hood, which will be placed on you by the Dean or your faculty advisor during the ceremony. Since Optical Sciences does not have a designated hood color, MS students usually select orange (for engineering) or gold (for science). PhD students should select the general PhD option (blue). The Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC) will rent cap and gown to graduate students for free, while supplies last. Click here for more information.


Diplomas are printed and sent from a third party. They will be mailed to your Permanent Address in UAccess, unless you specify a separate Diploma Mailing Address. To learn more about the diploma process, check the website of the Office of the Registrar.


For questions about graduation and degree requirements, contact your academic advisor:

Undergraduate Students: Amber Soergel, Senior Academic Advisor | asoergel@optics.arizona.edu

Graduate Students: Jini Kandyil, Senior Academic Advisor | jini@optics.arizona.edu