Commencement is a special time for our graduates and guests. The University of Miami is committed to making all Commencement ceremonies and events accessible to those who need special accommodations. All Commencement ceremonies are held in the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus. School and College receptions are held at various locations throughout campus following the ceremony.
Commencement is held twice annually in December and May. Students who are scheduled to complete their degree requirements for graduation during the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters must apply online via CaneLink.miami.edu in order to participate in the ceremony. Fall graduates are eligible to apply during the fall semester and Spring and Summer graduates are eligible to apply during the spring semester. Summer graduates may also elect to participate in the following December ceremony and should contact the Office of Commencement or their academic advisor for details. The final awarding of degrees and honors is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate requirements by each candidate. The listing of a student’s name in the printed program in no way implies or ensures his or her graduation or the award of honors. Diplomas are issued approximately 6-weeks post-graduation by the Office of the Registrar.
If you have any questions, contact the Office of the Registrar at 305-284-2294 or your school.
Application for graduation for Fall 2014: September 17 – October 15, 2014
Application for graduation for Spring and Summer 2015: February 4 – March 6, 2015
The deadline to apply for graduation and order your cap and gown is early October for the Fall ceremony and early March for the Spring ceremony. Contact your academic advisor if you missed the application deadline. Regalia is provided free of charge to all graduating University of Miami students. Doctoral students may also purchase custom UM regalia. Regalia distribution for all graduates (except for Executive MBA, Miller School of Medicine, and School of Law students) will be at the Toppel Career Center on the Coral Gables campus during the week of the commencement ceremony.
For more information, call the Office of Commencement at 305-284-1824 or the Toppel Career Center at 305-284-5451.
Miller School of Medicine M.D. students should call 305-243-7418. School of Law students should call 305-284-4551.
Cap and gown distribution dates are as follows:
- Fall 2014 Commencement: Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Spring 2015 Commencement: Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Video coverage of all ceremonies will be available. Go to www.gradmemory.com and reserve your copy today
The ceremonies will be webcast. Visit http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2263400 on the day of the ceremony to watch the event.
For information on ordering your Official UM Stole click here
Graduating students should arrive in their regalia at the Fieldhouse adjacent to the BankUnited Center no later than one hour prior to their ceremony start time and follow the signs to the Graduate Lineup Site (at the Fieldhouse). The academic procession will depart from this site 15 minutes prior to the start time of your ceremony.
Baccalaureate degree candidates will wear their regalia to the Graduate Lineup site.
Master's degree candidates will wear their hoods throughout the entire ceremony. Doctoral degree candidates will be given their hoods on stage when they are hooded.
The academic procession, consisting of candidates, participating faculty, and alumni representatives only, will assemble at the BankUnited Center Multipurpose Room adjacent to the BankUnited Center one hour before the ceremony begins, and will be led by the grand marshal. General faculty will assemble in the Hurricane-100 Room and Graduates will assemble in the FieldHouse adjacent to the BankUnited Center. At the lineup site, all candidates will be grouped by school and bring an index card with their name, which will be issued at regalia distribution, on which they can indicate how they would like it to be read on stage.
Note: The academic procession will enter the commencement site fifteen minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
The stage party, which includes the president and provost, will follow the academic procession. The presidential procession will enter the site promptly at the scheduled starting time, and the audience should stand and remain standing until the ceremony is declared open.
The doctoral candidates will have their degrees conferred prior to the master's candidates in the graduate degree ceremony. Faculty advisers to the doctoral candidates will sit with their respective candidates. During the ceremony, the provost will introduce the dean of the Graduate School, who will present the candidates to the president. The dean will ask all candidates to rise for the conferral of their degrees. Following conferral, the dean will ask the graduates, along with their respective advisers, to come forward to the stage.
Graduates will proceed to the stage, where they will be hooded by preselected faculty hooders. The advisers will stand beside the hooders. Once the candidate is hooded, the advisers will exit the stage and meet their candidate at the photography station at the back of the student seating area.
After each graduate is hooded, the graduate will be congratulated by the dean and a photograph. Graduates will exit the stage for a photograph with their adviser and return to their seats.
Master degree candidates will wear their hoods during the entire ceremony. The conferral of master's degrees will follow the conferral of the doctoral degrees. During the ceremony, the provost will individually introduce the dean of each school to present the candidates for graduation to the president. The dean will ask the candidates to rise for the conferral of degrees. Graduates remain standing until all master's-level candidates are recognized.
Following the conferral of degrees, graduates will approach the stage to be congratulated. The announcer will call out each graduate's name. Then the graduate will walk toward the center of the stage for a photograph and to be congratulated by the president. Graduates will exit the stage and return to their seats.
For the undergraduate degree ceremony, during the conferral of the baccalaureate degrees, the provost will individually introduce the dean of each school to present the candidates to the president. The dean will ask candidates to rise at their seats for the conferral of degrees. Upon conferral, all graduates will move their tassels from the right side to the left side of their caps.
The graduates will be asked to approach the stage to be congratulated. The announcer will call out each graduate's name. The graduate will walk toward the center of the stage for a photograph and to be congratulated by the president. Graduates will exit the stage and return to their seats.
The president will lead the recessional, followed by the stage party, general faculty and then candidates.