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Commencement Schedule

A row of students showing their diplomas at the 2019 Hajim School Commencement Ceremony.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has decided to cancel on-campus commencement ceremonies this May. Alternative ways to celebrate commencement are being explored. Read more here.


The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has an exciting weekend planned for its bachelor's degree candidates, May 15-17, 2020.

Graduating another cohort of young engineers and computer scientists is a momentous occasion, and with a little organization and need-to-know information on the big event, the day will be smooth and seamless for students and their families.

For the master's and PhD ceremonies, the Arts, Sciences and Engineering ceremonies, and university-wide commencement information, please refer to the University of Rochester's Commencement website.

The information below is tentative and will be finalized by February 2020.

Thursday, May 14

Diploma Ceremony Rehearsal

4-5 p.m., Kodak Hall, 60 Gibbs Street

A select number of graduating seniors who attend the Hajim School Diploma Ceremony Rehearsal will be given parking vouchers for the East End parking garage (a $7 value) for this year's Hajim School Diploma Ceremony. The rehearsal will cover logistics of the ceremony, including lineup beforehand, processional, awarding of diplomas, and recessional.

Round-trip transportation to the rehearsal will be provided by chartered buses that will depart ITS Center at 3:30 p.m. to the Eastman Theatre. They will return at 5:30 p.m. Students may also take the 3:15 p.m. Red Line shuttle from Rush Rhees Library to the Eastman Living Center (arrives at 3:35 p.m.) and return on the 5:05 p.m. shuttle from the Eastman Living Center to Rush Rhees Library (arrives at 5:25 p.m.).

Saturday, May 16

Hajim School Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony

9:30 a.m., Strong Auditorium

Some professions have rites of passage marking one’s entrance. The Order of the Engineer ceremony is often considered the rite for engineers. Formed to provide a sense of closure at the end of your engineering studies, the ceremony gives a visible means for students graduating from programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, (BME, CHE, ECE, ME, and OPE) to identify with other engineers.

Sunday, May 17

Department of Biomedical Engineering Open House

10:15-11:15 a.m., Goergen Hall, 2nd floor

Pastries, coffee, Senior Design posters.

Institute of Optics Open House

10:30-11:30 a.m., Goergen Hall, 5th floor

Department of Mechanical Engineering Open House

10:30-11:30 a.m., Hopeman Hall, 2nd floor

Senior Design and other research posters will be on display for parents and families to view.

Department of Computer Science Open House

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wegmans Hall, 2nd floor

Departmental award winners will be recognized. Light refreshments will be served.

Hajim School Reception

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hajim Quadrangle

Although tickets are not required for this event, to ensure sufficient food and seating we do ask that graduates RSVP to their undergraduate coordinator with an estimated number of participants and dietary restrictions no later than May 1. Students, family, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to this school-wide barbecue picnic.

Diploma Ceremony

3 to 5 p.m, Kodak Hall, 60 Gibbs Street (Directions)
View the 2019 diploma ceremony
A Commencement salute in photos to the Class of '19

Individual diplomas will be presented at this ceremony.

Please note: the doors to Kodak Hall will not open before 2:15 pm. The Eastman Theatre is equipped for people with mobility concerns. Upon arrival, persons needing assistance should request assistance from a Theatre usher for access to elevators and wheelchair seating. The ceremony will also be simulcast in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Information for Graduating Seniors

Please review four things you need to do ahead of time to ensure your graduation status and to assist us in planning the ceremony.

Graduates must arrive at the Eastman Theatre and be fully gowned by 2:30 p.m.

We have made arrangements with GradImages to take three photographs of every graduate. Candidates have the option of purchasing photographs, however there is no obligation to do so. Visit GradImages to register and receive a coupon to save 20% off!

Parking and Transportation

In addition to the University's commencement parking and shuttle information, here are recommendations specific to the Hajim School events occurring on Sunday, May 17:

  • Continuous shuttle service will be provided from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between the River Campus (Library Road entrance, Rush Rhees Library) and the Eastman Student Living Center.
  • Parking for the Hajim School Diploma Ceremony is available for a fee in the East End Garage or in the Allpro Parking Lot. For more information see driving directions to the Eastman Theatre.

Information for Faculty

Faculty are invited to the 2020 Reception and Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 17.

To attend the ceremony, faculty must RSVP by Monday, April 6, and plan to be in regalia. The password will have been emailed to you on February 18 from Michelle Dunn. Parking vouchers will be issued to those attending on or before May 11.

You can order your regalia online from the bookstore. Once ordered, you can collect your regalia after May 11.

Any questions can be directed to Michelle Dunn, or