May 3-4, 2024

Rice University Commencement

Important Commencement Deadlines

  • March 24 – DEADLINE: Ship to Campus Store (Doctoral, Advanced Degrees, MBA, Undergraduate); Ship to home (Doctoral) regalia orders close
  • March 31 – DEADLINE: Ship to home (Advanced Degrees, MBA, Undergraduate) regalia orders close
  • March 31 – DEADLINE: Registration closes (Doctoral, Advanced Degrees ceremonies)

Important Commencement Dates

Friday, May 3, 2024
Jones School (MBA) Commencement Ceremony
2 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Doctoral Commencement Ceremony
9 a.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse

Advanced Degrees Commencement Ceremony
(includes Bachelor of Architecture, as well as Jones School MAcc and MA degree recipients)
2 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
7 p.m.
Rice Stadium

Peggy Whitson ’86

Peggy Whitson ’86

Whitson is currently serving as director of human spaceflight for Houston-based Axiom Space. Over the past almost four decades, she has held various remarkable leadership positions, often being the first woman to do so, including NASA’s chief of the Astronaut Office, twice as commander of the International Space Station, chair of NASA’s Astronaut Selection Board, NASA’s Operations Branch chief and NASA deputy division chief for both the Medical Sciences Division and the Astronaut Office, and as commander of Ax-2, a private space mission in May 2023. Read full story on Rice News

Peggy Whitson will make remarks at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony taking place on the evening of Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Due to the size and seating capacity of the Rice Stadium, all members of our community will be welcome to attend the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony if they would like to hear the commencement speaker in person. Additionally, viewing the speaker’s remarks via the live stream will be an option for all interested.