Graduate Ceremonies

Congratulations to our graduates!

The Simmons University Graduate Commencement will be held on Friday, May 17th 2019 in two separate ceremonies. Check with your advisor if you are unsure of the appropriate ceremony. An email invitation will be sent to candidates the week of April 15th.

The College will grant a record number of graduate degrees in 2018-19. So that all graduates and guests are able to attend, we will allow up to 4 guests per graduate. Please only invite up to 4 guests so that we can ensure that all graduates are able to bring guests. Officials will close the gate when the venue reaches capacity.

During the Commencement ceremonies, we are providing live streaming on our website.

Questions about Commencement? Don't hesitate to contact us


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

  • 1 PM to 3 PM. Doors open to guests at 12:15 PM
  • Please note: 12:00 pm GRADUATE CANDIDATES & FACULTY report to the Pavilion.

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)

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

  • 5 PM to 7 PM. Doors open to guests at 4:15 PM
  • Please note: 4:00 pm GRADUATE CANDIDATES & FACULTY report to the Pavilion

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)