Graduation Information

The Department of Chemistry's Graduation Ceremony  will be held at

2pm on Saturday, May 18th, 2024!


Information about the Lawn Ceremony, caps and gowns, diplomas, etc. can be found here.

Additional information about diplomas can be found here.

Information about the College of Arts and Sciences’ requirements and procedures for graduating can be found here.

Tips for a fantastic finals weekend can be found here.  

First, the Lawn ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences is run from the Office of Major Events. Students should be receiving a graduation packet or email from them with information about how to pick up caps and gowns, the procession, etc. Each graduating student is eligible for 6 tickets to the Lawn ceremony. That’s for the seating. There is no longer standing room for people to view the ceremony from around the perimeter. No additional tickets are available. Keep in mind that there are remote viewing venues. There are various places to park. Parking at the Emmet/Ivy Garage is about a 10 minute walk to the Lawn. Parking at the Central Grounds Garage is less than ten minute walk to the Lawn. There is free parking in the lots next to and in front of Chemistry and across the street at the stadium (also known as T4 and E3 lots). The parking spaces on Chemistry Drive are usually reserved for those with handicap permits only. Here is a link for directions and maps to the Chemistry Building and nearby parking lots. Click here for information for services for persons with disabilities. 

The Department of Chemistry’s Graduation Ceremony will take place in the Old Cabell Hall Auditorium at 2:00pm. Due to time constraints, we must start on time and end by 3:30 pm (though I expect the ceremony to be over in about 70 minutes). Doors to the Auditorium will open no later than 1:30pm. They will close at 2:10pm so please be on time and make sure guests have their tickets. Graduates will be arranged into alphabetical lines (B.A. first, then all B.Sc., followed by all graduate students). Tickets are required for the Department of Chemistry’s Graduation Ceremony, as the auditorium holds 846 people (approximately 175 of which will be reserved for students, faculty, and special guests). All students attending are eligible to receive 4 tickets with the opportunity to potentially receive additional tickets. Additional tickets being available depends on not all students attending our ceremony. Tickets must be picked up by 8pm, Friday, May 17th. Graduates are asked to notify Cindy Knight of any special seating (e.g. handicapped) or services (e.g. sign language interpreter) needed for their guests. Because every seat is accounted for, please sit as close together as possible. Please do not leave empty seats between you and the people next to you (You will be asked to move over.). Please note that food and/or drink are NOT permitted in the Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. We also ask that you take all of your belongings (including programs) with you at the conclusion of our event since another ceremony immediately follows ours.

All graduates receive a black and silver cord that represents earning a degree in chemistry. Distinguished Majors also receive a silver cord acknowledging their achievement. Students earning ACS Certification receive a royal blue and gold cord acknowledging their achievement. 

Procession & Seating Chart

We have contracted with Grad Images to have photographers at our ceremony. Each graduate will be photographed as they receive their diploma and again in front of a backdrop. There is no charge for the picture being taken; there are only charges should you order any of the pictures. Graduates will receive more information about this in April.

All students will receive a scroll with a picture of the Rotunda at the graduation ceremony; your actual diploma will be mailed to you (or already has been if you graduated in August or December).

There is no minimum grade required to graduate. However, you have to have 120 credits and a minimum CUMULATIVE GPA of 2.0.


Please email Cindy Knight if you have any questions.