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Commencement 2023

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Graduation events being planned to celebrate the Class of 2023

Planning is now underway for the University of Delaware’s celebrations of the achievements of the Class of 2023, with festivities scheduled from Monday, May 22, through Saturday, May 27.

The University-wide Commencement ceremony is scheduled at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27, in Delaware Stadium. President Dennis Assanis will preside over this event, which will feature a Commencement speaker to be announced later this spring and the presentation of honorary degrees.

In addition to the main Commencement ceremony, each college will host its own individual Convocation, bringing together its faculty, staff, graduates and families to celebrate and recognize each graduate’s UD experience. Also part of the celebration, special events will spotlight military commissioning, doctoral recipients, Honors graduates, student athletes, nursing students, the Kente stole ceremony and graduates of the Associate in Arts Programs.

Tickets will be required for Commencement and all the Convocations and special ceremonies, and ticket distribution details will be announced in March. All ceremonies and events also will be livestreamed.

Times, dates and locations of the Convocations and special events include:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources, noon, May 26, Delaware Field House
  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 26, Mitchell Hall
  • Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., May 26, Mitchell Hall
  • Arts and Sciences, Arts and Humanities, 6:30 p.m., May 25, Delaware Field House
  • Arts and Sciences, Natural Sciences, noon, May 26, Bob Carpenter Center
  • Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, 8 p.m., May 26, Bob Carpenter Center
  • Associate in Arts Program, Southern Delaware, 6 p.m., May 23, Delaware Technical Community College, Georgetown
  • Associate in Arts Program, Wilmington, 6 p.m., May 24, Grand Opera House, Wilmington
  • Biden School, 4 p.m., May 26, Clayton Hall
  • Business and Economics, 8 a.m., May 26, Delaware Stadium
  • Business and Economics Graduate Program, 7:30 p.m., May 22, Mitchell Hall
  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, 9 a.m., May 25, Bob Carpenter Center
  • Earth, Ocean and Environment, noon, May 26, Clayton Hall
  • Education and Human Development, 8 p.m., May 26, Delaware Field House
  • Engineering, 4 p.m., May 27, Bob Carpenter Center
  • Graduate College, 8 a.m., May 26, Clayton Hall (The Graduate College ceremony will include students who are receiving interdisciplinary master’s degrees in data science, evaluation science, microbiology, quantum science and engineering and water science and policy. Other master’s degree recipients will be recognized in their individual colleges.)
  • Honors Degree Medal Ceremony, 1 p.m., May 25, Delaware Field House
  • Health Sciences, 4 p.m., May 26, Delaware Stadium
  • Kente Stole Ceremony, 8 p.m., May 26, Clayton Hall
  • Student Athlete Celebration, 6:30 p.m., May 26, Mitchell Hall

Degree candidates (associate, bachelor's and master's) planning to attend Convocation or Commencement must order their regalia here, no later than Monday, April 10, 2023.  Regalia pick up will begin at the Barnes & Noble UD Bookstore, 83 East Main St., on Wednesday, April 12, during regular business hours.

As additional information becomes available, it will be shared on the Commencement website.

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