Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement

Graduate Student FAQs

If you are a GPS student prepping for Commencement, get your answers below!

 

What is the date of the GPS Grad Fair?

The Grad Fair is on Thursday, March 15th, 2018.

When and where can I take my commencement portraits?

Grad Images will be our photographer for senior portraits. 
They will be on-campus the following dates:

Friday, January 26th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center
Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center

Thursday, February 22nd from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center
Friday, February 23rd from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center

Wednesday, March 14th from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center
Thursday, March 15th from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center
Friday, March 16th from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center

Thursday, April 12th from 10:00AM - 5:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center
Friday, April 13th from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Lafayette Room in Soda Center

How can I schedule my appointment?

You can schedule your portrait sitting online.

I haven't received my photo proofs, can I access them online?

More information regarding proofs will be available in January 2018.

Do commencement portraits cost money?

No. As long as you sign-up via the link provided, you will be able to sign-up for your sitting. Once your proofs have been delivered and you place an order, you will be prompted to pay.

I’d like to attend or participate in a cultural graduation. How can I find out more information?

How do I know if I'm eligible to graduate? Eligibility is determined by individual schools.  Please refer to your program office for additional information.

What time does the ceremony begin? The processional begins approximately one half hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony (9:30 a.m., ceremony begins at 10 a.m.).

Is there a reception following the ceremony?  This year the reception will be held on the chapel lawn. 

How can I order a class ring? During Grad Fair 2017 we will have a vendor, CB Graduation Announcements, who will be taking orders and will be showcasing the different types of rings. If you would like to order online, we also have that option available.

How can I order graduation announcements? During Grad Fair 2018 (Thursday, March 15th) we will have a vendor, CB Graduation Announcements, who will be taking orders and will be showcasing the different types of announcements. If you would like to order online, we also have that option available.

What if it rains? Commencement is held outside rain or shine. Please come prepared for any kind of weather (warm coats, rain coats, umbrellas, sunscreen, hats, blankets, etc.). The SMC stadium offers little shade.

Can I processes across the stage with my children? We are thrilled that your family members have joined you in celebration of your achievements. For the safety of yourself and your children, no children will be allowed to accompnay you as you walk across the stage. Please feel free to come back to the front of the stage following the ceremony for a photo opportunity with the whole family.