Spring Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Delaware Stadium, rain or shine. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. and guests should plan to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. Commencement tickets are not required. General seating for guests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Commencement is a rain or shine event. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony may be shortened. Please note: convocations remain as scheduled.
Some convocations do require tickets or reservations. Please refer to the convocation schedule at the bottom of the website to determine if your convocation requires tickets or reservations (the convocation schedule will be posted once times and locations are confirmed).
All degree candidates should arrive no later than 7:00 a.m. and should proceed immediately to the procession line–up area next to the Delaware Field House. All degree candidates should immediately assemble in the assigned area. The procession into Delaware Stadium will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m.
If you have family or friends unable to attend this year's commencement, they can view the ceremony live on the UDLive website.
Please see our Parking & Travel page for information on parking, travel to and from the ceremony, travel to and from all the convocations, and construction alerts.
Want to know where to sit to be close to your graduate? Please refer to our online seating chart to see where the graduates will be seated. It also shows the locations of bathrooms and food concessions.
Please see our FAQ for quick details and highlights. Keep reading for full details.
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the Commencement address at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
The University's 165th Commencement ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Delaware Stadium, rain or shine, and the event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are not required for general seating; however, tickets will be required for the area accommodating the elderly and those with disabilities.
Due to increased security for this event, those planning to attend should arrive as early as possible. All attendees will be required to go through airport–style magnetometers, and items, such as bags, bottles and umbrellas, will be prohibited. For specific information, visit UD's Commencement website, which will be updated as additional details become available.
"We are honored to have Vice President Biden return to the University of Delaware to deliver this year's Commencement address," said Jeffrey Garland, vice president and University secretary. "The vice president has a remarkable record of public service–to this nation, to the state of Delaware and to this University.
"His distinguished career showcases the power of engagement and the difference that one person can make. I know his insights will be particularly meaningful to our newest graduates as they celebrate their academic accomplishments."
Biden, who was elected Vice President of the United States in 2008 after a 36–year career in the U.S. Senate, is a 1965 UD graduate, earning a bachelor's degree with a double major in history and political science.
A frequent visitor to his alma mater, he has spoken at three previous UD Commencements: in 1978, in 1987 and in 2004, when he was presented an honorary doctor of laws degree.
In 2011, Biden donated his Senatorial papers to the University of Delaware Library and delivered the inaugural James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship.
He was inducted into the University's Alumni Wall of Fame in 1984.
His wife, Jill Biden, earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from UD.
As a senator from Delaware, Biden established himself as a leader on some of the nation's most important domestic and international challenges. On the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, he was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy.
As the 47th Vice President of the United States, Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. He was tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild the economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. As part of his continued efforts to raise the living standards of middle class Americans across the country, he also has focused on issues of college affordability and American manufacturing growth.
Biden has advised the President on a multitude of international issues and has represented this country in every region of the world, traveling to more than two dozen countries.
See the full announcement on UDaily.
Decorum and Behavior
Commencement is a dignified occasion. In the best tradition of the University of Delaware, we expect those attending the Commencement ceremony to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and University Police will strictly enforce this policy. Balloons are also prohibited. Cellular telephones and pagers should be turned off at the beginning of the Commencement ceremony and should remain turned off for the duration of the ceremony. The University community appreciates your cooperation in maintaining the dignity of this occasion.
What is Commencement? What is Convocation?
Commencement is our larger event where the students process onto the field at the Delaware Stadium, degrees are conferred by the President of the University, the graduating students are acknowledged by College, the commencement speaker delivers his/her address, and several notable recipients are awarded honorary degrees. This is the only time when the entire graduating class is brought together.
Convocation is the smaller ceremony where students are individually recognized by their college or department and each graduating student walks across the stage to receive his/her graduation certificate ~ the diplomas are mailed to the student approximately six weeks after all course work is completed.
When a student graduates with a double major, he or she may choose to attend both convocations if time permits, or just one. It is not necessary to attend a convocation for a minor. None of the events are mandatory, but most students attend as many as they can.
College and Departmental Convocation ceremonies will be held at venues throughout campus. Most Convocation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 30, or Saturday, May 31 following commencement. Tickets are only required where indicated.
Clicking on the building name in the Convocation schedule will give you detailed information about that building.
Please see our Convocation Directions page for complete details on convocation locations, travel recommendations, and construction alerts.
Bachelors' and Associates' degree candidate eligibility is determined by the Dean's Office of each College. Doctoral and masters' degree candidate eligibility is determined by the Office of Graduate Studies. It is incumbent upon degree candidates to determine their eligibility and to satisfy all requirements. Questions related to degree completion, requirements, and eligibility should be directed to the appropriate academic office.
Doctoral degree candidates completing degree requirements during the Spring 2014 Semester will receive their diplomas at the Doctoral Hooding and Convocation Ceremony on May 30, 2014.
Masters', bachelors', and associates degree candidates completing degree requirements during the Spring 2014 Semester will receive their diplomas in the mail from the University Registrar approximately six weeks after the Spring Commencement ceremony.
Diplomas are only distributed upon satisfactory completion of degree clearance, which includes, but is not limited to: satisfied degree requirements (including completion of incomplete grades); acceptance of all transfer credits; and fulfillment of all financial obligations to the University.
Diplomas measure 12 x 16 inches. University of Delaware frames are available at the University Bookstore and will also be available at the Delaware Stadium for purchase on May 31.
For information regarding lodging in the area, please refer to the UDel Lodging page.
Special on–field seating will be available for persons with physical disabilities and for the elderly. Tickets are required for on–field seating and must be requested by the graduating senior. To request tickets, please use our online form. Tickets will be available for pick up on or after May 5, 2014. We will notify the student of the pickup location and time.
Although three (3) guests can accompany the person that requires the accommodation, due to space constraints, we are requesting each individual be accompanied by one (1) guest in an effort to accommodate the many persons in need of assistance.
The University of Delaware does not provide wheel chair rentals or availability.
A sign language interpreter will be available at the Commencement ceremony. To request seating near the sign language interpreter, please fill out this form no later than May 3, 2014. Seating near the sign language interpreter must be requested by the graduating senior
To request a sign language interpreter for a Convocation ceremony, please fill out this form no later than May 3, 2014. Requests for a sign language interpreter at convocation ceremonies must be made by the graduating senior.
Breakfast & Lunch
Anxious to get some breakfast upon arrival at the Delaware Stadium on May 31? Wondering where to get a quick lunch before your convocation ceremony? Concessions will be available underneath the stadium. A menu will be posted when it is available.
Coffee, juice, soda, water, egg sandwiches, bagels, donuts, jumbo cookies, soft pretzels and muffins will be available when the stadium opens. Hot dogs will be available after 9:00 a.m. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, garden and fruit salads will be available immediately after commencement in the concession stands under the stadium.
Please see our flyer for locations and menus.
The UDairy Creamery will be open during and after commencement with a selection of ice cream and drinks.
Degree Candidate Robing and Processional
All degree candidates are required to wear academic caps and gowns for the Commencement procession and ceremony. Prior to the Commencement ceremony, all degree candidates will line up next to the Delaware Field House. Upon arrival at the Athletic Complex, degree candidates should look for signs directing them to the robing and processional line–up areas for each College. All degree candidates must be assembled in the appropriate processional line-up areas no later than 7:00 a.m.
At 8:15 a.m., Faculty Marshals will lead the procession of each College to the designated seating areas in the Delaware Stadium. Degree candidates will be seated, by College, except that all doctoral degree candidates, accompanied by their faculty sponsor(s) when possible, will be seated in the front rows. Guests may wish to plan their seating in the corresponding sections of the Delaware Stadium guest seating areas.
An academic procession is a dignified, semiformal march. The pace of an academic procession is much slower than that of an ordinary walk. Caps are to be worn squarely on top of the head, not tilted, with tassel to the right front side for bachelors' and associates degree candidates and to the left front side for doctoral and masters' degree candidates. After bachelors' and associates degrees are conferred, those candidates will move the tassels to the left front side of the caps.
At the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony, there will be a recessional for the platform group followed by the graduates. Guests are requested to remain standing at their seats until the recessional has been completed.
Senior Class Gift
The Senior Class Gift is an opportunity for you to show your appreciation for the many opportunities you have had at the University of Delaware. Each graduating class member is asked to make a contribution, honoring a tradition and creating a legacy of support. This is a chance for you to leave your mark on UD and continue a University of Delaware tradition. You gift helps the University of Delaware continue to advance as we dare ourselves to be first and allows our class to leave its own unique mark by supporting excellent opportunities for students across the entire University. For more information and to make your gift, please visit www.udel.edu/giving/seniors.html.
Guests are welcome to take candid photographs throughout the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies from the guest seating areas only. There will be no access near the stage for purposes of taking photographs during the ceremony.
We have contracted with GradImages to take individual photos of degree candidates when they are called to the platform AT THEIR CONVOCATION CEREMONY, NOT DURING COMMENCEMENT, to receive personal recognition. These photos will be available for purchase, but there is no obligation to do so. Though every effort is being made to cover ALL the convocations, there may be some that cannot offer this service.
Degree candidates planning to attend the ceremony in May need to order their commencement materials between February 15, 2014 and April 4, 2014 by placing the order on the web www.HerffJones.com/college/ud. All orders placed for associate in arts, bachelors', or masters' degrees will receive $5 off their basic regalia package (cap, gown, hood, and tassel). Caps, gowns, hoods, study abroad sashes and diploma frames ordered online will ship to the bookstore for customer pickup during "Grad Fair" week. Grad Fair is April 9–11, 2014 and is located at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore at 83 East Main St. Doctoral candidates rent their cap, gown, and hood and must return them no later than seven days after the ceremony. Rental gowns can NOT be shipped and must be picked up. Doctoral rentals can be picked up as late as an hour before the hooding ceremony, at the ceremony location. Caps, gowns, and hoods are retained by the associates, bachelors' and masters' candidates following the ceremonies. Gowns can be shipped by contacting the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore. Shipping orders will be taken April 14–May 16, 2014 Monday – Friday only at 302–831–2637.
Doctoral Cap and Gown Rental – Special Instructions
We do NOT ship rental gowns. They will be available for pickup from April 9, 2014 to the day of the ceremony at the ceremony.
The Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore is the only approved vendor for University of Delaware Commencement items, including official and required University regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) from Herff Jones. Moreover, by using the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore exclusively, the University can determine which graduates intend to participate in Commencement exercises. Finally, this exclusivity ensures that the regalia worn at graduation will be uniform. Thus, regalia to be worn at graduation must be purchased only at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore at 83 East Main St. If you have additional questions, please contact the bookstore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you miss the online ordering regardless of degree, don't worry. Simply show up during Grad Fair April 9–11, 2014 at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore and you can purchase and pick up your cap and gown in one trip! You still receive $5 off during the grad fair off the bachelor or master package (hood, gown, tassel, and cap).
Study Abroad Sashes
Degree candidates who have participated in a Study Abroad Program are invited to wear a special sash signifying the program(s) in which they have participated. You may purchase a study abroad sash (while supplies last) online at www.HerffJones.com/college/ud by April 7, 2014 for pickup April 9–11, 2014 at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore. If you miss the deadline come to the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore April 9–11, 2014.
Herff Jones is the University of Delaware's official graduation retailer. You can order custom graduation announcements, invitations, rings, thank you cards and packages by visiting www.HerffJones.com/college/ud. Most paper products take about two weeks to produce and ship, but allow 4 – 6 weeks for rings and jewelry. Universal announcements will be available at the bookstore.
Customized graduation announcements ordered online will be printed and mailed directly to your home address. You may order your cap and gown by April 7, 2014 online in a "Grad Pack" and save up to 20% off your diploma frame and announcements.
Class ring ordering will be held at Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore on Main Street April 9–11, as well.
University of Delaware Seniors may schedule sittings by logging onto www.ouryear.com and entering the UD code: 94. To arrange a sitting via telephone call 1-800-OUR-YEAR, (1-800-687-9327) during normal business hours. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are strongly advised.
Flowers for Commencement
Parents and friends of UD graduates can pre-order flowers from Commencement Flowers and pick them up on the morning of Commencement at Delaware Stadium. Flowers will also be available for purchase on site.
All seniors must vacate their residence halls by 6:00 p.m. on May 31, 2014.
This website will be updated as more information is confirmed, so please visit us often!
All phone numbers are 302–831–xxxx, unless otherwise noted.
|Agriculture and Natural Resources||Bob Carpenter Center||Friday||3:00 p.m.||x2508|
|Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony||Roselle Center for the Arts - Thompson Theatre||Friday||4:00 p.m.||x2863|
|Anthropology||Reception: Munroe Hall||Saturday||11:30 a.m.||x1851|
|Program: Trabant University Center - Trabant Theatre||12:00 p.m.|
|Area Studies Programs||Roselle Center for the Arts - Gore Recital Hall||Saturday||2:00 p.m.||x3202|
|Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony||Clayton Hall - Auditorium (Room 128)
Reception in Room 120
|Art, Art Conservation, and Art History||Clayton Hall - Rooms 101 A & B||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x8416|
|Associate in Arts Program - Wilm.||Arsht Hall||Wednesday||6:30 p.m.||302-571-5395|
|Behavioral Health and Nutrition||Gold Tent*||Friday||12:30 p.m.||x2252|
|Biological Sciences||Carpenter Sports Building - Gym 2||Friday||3:00 p.m.||x2282|
|Black American Studies||Roselle Center for the Arts - Puglisi||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x2897|
|Business & Economics - Lerner
ACCT, MIS, FINC & ECON
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Graduation Checklist for Accouting Majors
Graduation Checklist for Non–Accounting Majors
|Bob Carpenter Center||Saturday||1:45 p.m.||x4369|
|Business & Economics - Lerner
BUAD (Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Mgmt, Int'l. Business Studies, Management, Marketing, Operations, and Sport Mgmt)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Graduation Checklist for Non–Accounting Majors
|Bob Carpenter Center||Saturday||5:00 p.m.||x4369|
|Business & Economics - Lerner
Graduate Student Convocation
Reception following in Roselle Center for the Arts - Puglisi
(Park in Roselle Center for the Arts Garage)
|Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
Undergraduate Student Convocation
|Reception: Trabant University Center - Multipurpose Rooms A & B||Friday||4:00 p.m.||x8405|
|Program: Trabant University Center - Multipurpose Rooms A & B||5:00 p.m.|
|Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
Graduate Student Convocation
|Reception: Trabant University Center - Multipurpose Rooms A & B||Friday||7:15 p.m.||x8405|
|Program: Trabant University Center - Multipurpose Rooms A & B||7:45 p.m.|
|Chemistry and Biochemistry||Pearson Hall - Auditorium
Reception follows in Brown Lab
|Communication||Trabant University Center - Multipurpose Rooms A & B||Friday||1:30 p.m.||x8041|
|Doctoral Hooding Ceremony||Blue Tent*||Friday||6:00 p.m.||x6824|
|Earth, Ocean and Environment||Gold Tent*||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x2841|
|Education and Human Development||Bob Carpenter Center||Friday||11:30 a.m.||x2396|
|Engineering||Blue Tent*||Saturday||2:00 p.m.||x7543|
|English||Blue Tent*||Friday||1:30 p.m.||x2362|
|Fashion and Apparel Studies||Mitchell Hall||Friday||2:00 p.m.||x8714|
|Foreign Languages and Literatures||Mitchell Hall||Friday||11:30 a.m.||x6882|
|History||Clayton Hall - Rooms 101 A & B||Friday||2:00 p.m.||x2371|
|Kente Stole Ceremony||Reception: Clayton Hall - Lobby||Friday||6:00 p.m.||x2991|
|Program: Clayton Hall - Rooms 101 A & B||7:00 p.m.|
|Kinesiology and Applied Physiology||Clayton Hall - Rooms 101 A & B||Friday||11:00 a.m.||x4351|
|Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences||Roselle Center for the Arts - Thompson Theatre||Friday||12:00 p.m.||x6806|
|Mathematical Sciences||Smith Hall - Room 120||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x4454|
|Medical Laboratory Sciences||Trabant University Center
Reception: Daugherty Hall
|Medical Scholars Program||Bayard Sharp Hall||Saturday||12:30 p.m.||x4949|
|Music||Roselle Center for the Arts - Thompson Theatre||Saturday||12:15 p.m.||x3397|
|Nursing Pinning Ceremony||Delaware Field House||Friday||4:00 p.m.||x3012|
|Philosophy||Sharp Lab - Room 131||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x2359|
|Physics and Astronomy||Sharp Lab - Room 130||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x2661|
|Political Science and International Relations||Blue Tent*||Friday||11:00 a.m.||x2357|
|Psychology||Delaware Field House||Friday||1:30 p.m.||x2271|
|Public Policy and Administration Graduate, Organizational and Community Leadership and Public Policy Programs||Reception: Gore Hall - Rotunda||Saturday||12:00 p.m.||x8289|
|Program: Mitchell Hall||1:00 p.m.|
|Sociology and Criminal Justice||Delaware Field House||Saturday||12:45 p.m.||x2581
|Southern Delaware Convocation||Heritage Shores
|Women and Gender Studies||Perkins Student Center - Gallery and Alumni Lounge||Friday||4:00 p.m.||x8474|
The Honors Program will be hosting a medals ceremony on Friday morning May 30, 2014 for Honors Degree and Honors Degree with Distinction candidates. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
The Office of the Vice President and University Secretary is responsible for the University's Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. Should you have questions that have not been answered, please contact us directly at 302-831-2113 or e–mail at email@example.com.
This website will be updated as additional Spring Commencement information is confirmed. Check back frequently for updates.