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Graduates

The Commencement Exercises for the Fall 2016 semester will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016. Please refer to the Schedule & Locations for information on all ceremonies.
 

Assembly of Graduates

Spring & Fall Graduates
For the individual college ceremonies, candidates for degree should be in the appropriate assembly area to organize for the procession according to the prescribed times in the information provided by the graduate’s college.

All graduates (Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degree candidates) will be required to attend the 11:00 a.m. General Assembly in full regalia. Doctoral candidates will be hooded and will have their degrees conferred at the General Assembly. Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree candidates will also be required to attend the commencement ceremony of their respective college where their degrees will be conferred.

Information regarding individual College Ceremonies and General Assembly is sent to all graduates by the Registrar’s Office by email or snail mail.  If you have not received information regarding graduation 2 – 3 weeks prior to the ceremony or have questions about the information received, please contact the University Registrar’s Office.

 
Summer Graduates
All graduates (Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor's degree candidates) will be required to attend the 11:00 a.m. Ceremony in full regalia.  ALL degree candidates will be conferred at the Ceremony. 
 
Information regarding the Ceremony is sent to all graduates by the Registrar’s Office by email or snail mail.  If you have not received information regarding graduation 2 – 3 weeks prior to the ceremony or have questions about the information received, please contact the University Registrar’s Office.

 

Appropriate Dress

Commencement is an academic event and all participants are required to dress appropriately. All graduates are required to wear the University approved Cap and Gown. Dark clothing and shoes are recommended; this will coordinate with the custom academic gowns. 
 

Commencement Security 

Due to recent events, and in order to ensure the safety of students, staff and family members attending the 2016 Commencement Exercises, increased security measures will be implemented by the University. University Police will examine the contents of all purses, bags, packages, etc. of persons entering any of the commencement venues. Also, anyone carrying large purses, bags, etc., will not be permitted to enter any building where a commencement ceremony is being held.
 
Finally, all graduates will be directed to specific entrances and only designated entrances will be open to the public. We ask that you inform parents, family members, and other guests who may be planning to attend commencement of these procedures. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience these precautions may cause. However, the University's goal is to ensure the safety and security of everyone attending commencement, without in any way detracting from the main purpose of this event, which is to recognize and celebrate the graduating Class of 2016.
 

Special Needs

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette tries to accommodate all persons with disabilities. If you have a disability that may require special arrangements, please notify your academic dean no later than fourteen (14) days in advance of commencement. There will be designated areas for family and friends in each venue for special seating.
 

Alumni Association Membership

A graduating student becomes an active member of the UL Lafayette Alumni free for one year, compliments of the Alumni Association.  However, it is up to the graduate to contact the Alumni Office to maintain his/her active membership.  The graduate must complete the membership form which will be included in the packet issued on graduation day.

 

Job Placement

Career Services, located in the Conference Center, Rm. 104, (337) 482-1444, assists graduates in finding full-time and post-graduate employment.  During the fall and spring semesters, business, government, and industry representatives recruit seniors for employment.  Register now with the Center to take advantage of interviewing opportunities.  Job listing and career resources are also available.