Organizing Commencement Ceremonies and Supplemental Events

Topics: Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What ceremonies do contact institutions currently offer?
  • How is responsibility shared between individual colleges and central university administration?
  • In what ways do events encourage engagement?


Institutions sponsor a variety of events on commencement weekend to celebrate the accomplishments of graduates and improve engagement with the university community. This brief describes commencement ceremonies at four institutions. It outlines structures, funding models, and goals of university-wide commencements, individual academic college ceremonies, and supplemental commencement activities.