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Convocation 2019

Valedictorian 2014 - Blaylock

Students graduating from the College of Mines and Earth Sciences will have their degrees conferred during the college convocation ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Olpin Union Ballroom, 200 South Central Campus Drive.  Event details are listed below:

Friday, May 3, 2019 • Olpin Union Ballroom • 3:00 p.m. (noon)

2:15 p.m.* – Graduates arrive at Olpin Union Ballroom in cap and gown and prepare to form a line in the Saltair Room (map).

2:45 p.m. – All graduates must be lined up in the Saltair Room by 2:45 pm.  Processional begins at 3:00 pm.

3:00 p.m. – Convocation ceremony begins.

*Note:  Island Photography will be taking two pictures - a handshake picture with the Dean as each student receives their diploma and a portrait picture as they exit the stage.  

How it works

Before the ceremony begins:

All candidates for degrees will assemble at 2:15 p.m. in the Saltair Room, to the west of the ballroom. (We cannot over emphasize the importance of your early arrival to line up. Late arrivals cause unnecessary confusion and once the march begins, it is difficult to find your proper place in line.) 

Department representatives will give you a yellow reader card; please fill it out and hand it to the person collecting them as you file out of the Salt Air Room.  There will be a table/sign for each department; candidates should then line up behind the appropriate sign.  Prior to exiting the room, the department representative will hand you your bio.  (Make sure that your bio has been submitted to your department representative at least a week in advance of the convocation.  These bios should be no longer than 50 words in length.)

Doctorate and Master's candidates should carry their hood draped over their left arm. (Do not wear your hood prior to the ceremony. The Dean and appropriate faculty member will place the hood over the candidate’s head during the ceremony.)

During the ceremony:

The processional into the Ballroom will begin promptly at 2:15 pm. You will proceed single file east through the hallway, entering the ballroom from the ramp going into the east side of the ballroom.

During the awarding of diplomas (covers only), you will hand your bio to the reader. As your name is read, walk across the stage to the Dean’s reception line, and then exit on the opposite side (east) of the stage.

Academic regalia

Students, to get your academic regalia, you can either order online or go to Late Grad Fair on April 30th – May 1st at the campus store. The link to order regalia is below.

Order Regalia


Students, if you have not already ordered your regalia, you can still order it in one of two ways -- online by TBA if you want the regalia shipped to your home, or by TBA if you want it shipped for pick-up at the University of Utah Bookstore.  Click here for the link.  The other option is to order through Late Order Pick-up at the University of Utah Bookstore  TBA. 

Parking and directions to the Olpin Union Building

Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during commencement and convocation ceremonies. Please see our commencement parking map for parking locations as well as shuttle and TRAX stops. Families are encouraged to drop off those who cannot walk long distances at the east entrance of the Union Building before parking.

For directions to the Olpin Union Building, go to: then on the left hand side click on Reservations, then also on the left, click on maps/directions. Or to simplify directions, approach campus at 100 South and 1300 East (going eastbound).  After 100 South makes a left angle turn to the north (about 1500 East), take the next right turn onto Central Campus Drive.  The Union Building is at the end of the road.

For more information on parking in general for Commencement and Convocation ceremonies, click here.


Island Photography  will be taking pictures at our convocation as you receive your diploma and shake hands with the Dean.  They will also be taking a portrait picture of each graduate as they exit the stage.

 There is no obligation to purchase the pictures.  For a PDF flyer with more information about pictures on convocation day, click here. We ask that the guests remain in their seats during the ceremony.

Who is invited?

Family and friends may attend the College of Mines and Earth Sciences convocation. They will need to be seated prior to 2:45 p.m.

For those unable to attend the event will be streamed live. To view the live steam click here.

CMES Convocation will be avaible for download after the event is over here.

Students or Guests with Disabilities

Students or guests with disabilities (including individuals in wheelchairs) attending the convocation can request accommodations by contacting the College of Mines & Earth Sciences directly at (801) 581-8767 or email Anita at

University-Wide Commencement

University-wide commencement will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Please visit the Commencement Ceremonies website from more details.


Diplomas will be mailed from the Office of the Registrar to the student graduates withing three months of graduation.

Dean's Convocation Reception

To be determined.


For more information, contact the College of Mines and Earth Sciences at (801) 581-8767 or

Last Updated: 1/8/19