Graduate Ceremonies

An update on Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

  • Commencement Invitations were due on May 4. Only students who rsvp'd yes will be receiving further information. Write [email protected] if you did not get confirmation after completing the invitation survey.
  • The emergency spring P/F policy pushed back grade dates past Commencement. Latin Honors will not be presented on May 15th.
  • Diplomas and a full Commencement Bulletin (including all awards and honors) will be mailed after June 1 directly to your preferred residence.
  • Please make sure your address is up-to-date.
  • Because all Simmons employees are working remotely, we will not be able to ship cords and stoles for May 15th. When we are back on campus, we will determine the best way to send these.

The University will hold the following graduate Commencement ceremonies:

Doctoral Hooding and Commencement for Doctoral Students

We will hold a doctoral hooding and Commencement for doctoral students (Ph.D., D.P.T., D.N.P.) on Thursday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. Invitations were emailed the week of April 13.

Commencement for Masters and Certificate Students

We will hold a Commencement for our masters and certificate students on the afternoon of May 15, 2020.

  • The ceremony for graduates of Ifill College, CSSPP, and COCIS will be at 1 p.m.
  • The ceremony for graduates of CNBHS will be at 4:30 p.m.

Invitations will be mailed to all eligible students the week of April 20.


Graduate Ceremony for the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities, the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice

Programs included in this ceremony:

Graduate Programs in Ifill:

  • Children's Literature (Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Dual Degrees)
  • English (Master of Arts, Dual Degrees)
  • Gender and Culture Studies (Master of Arts, Dual Degrees)
  • History (Master of Arts, Dual Degree)

Graduate Programs in COCIS:

  • Library Information Science (Master of Science, Ph.D., Certificates, (Dual Degrees))
  • Business (Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Master of Business Administration, Certificates, Dual Degrees)

Graduate Programs in CSSPP:

  • Education (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Specialist in Education, Dual Degrees)
  • Social Work (Master of Social Work, Ph.D., Certificates)
  • Public Health (Master of Public Health)
  • Public Policy (Master in Public Policy)

Graduate Ceremony for the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Programs included in this ceremony:

  • Behavior Analysis (Master of Science, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Health Professions Education (Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study, Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Administration, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study, Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • Nutrition (Master of Science, Certificate)
  • Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

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