Ceremonies

Friday, May 6

Advanced Degrees Convocation
8:30 a.m. CT
Tudor Fieldhouse

Master of Accounting (MAcc) Investiture Ceremony
9:00 a.m. CT
Shell Auditorium, McNair Hall

Doctoral Convocation and Hooding Ceremony
10:30 a.m. CT
Tudor Fieldhouse

Jones Graduate School of Business Investiture for MBA Programs
1:00 p.m. CT
Tudor Fieldhouse

Undergraduate Sallyport Walk-through
5:30 p.m. CT
Sallyport, Lovett Hall

Undergraduate Convocation
7:30 p.m. CT
Rice Stadium

Saturday, May 7

Plenary Commencement
8:30 a.m. CT
Rice Stadium

2022 Commencement Information

Overview
Growth in enrollment of both graduate and undergraduate students will soon make Rice’s unified Commencement ceremony untenably long. To address this problem, we have split the proceedings over a set of five distinct events: a plenary session on Saturday morning where degrees will be conferred, and a set of five smaller ceremonies where students will be recognized individually.

Please continue to check this website for the latest information. If you have questions, you can contact us at commencement@rice.edu.

Advanced Degrees Convocation
The Advanced Degrees Convocation will take place at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 6 in Tudor Fieldhouse. All recipients of a master’s degree, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Accounting, are expected to attend. Additionally, those graduates who are receiving an Artist Diploma in Music, a Diploma in Liberal Sciences, or a Bachelor of Architecture should attend the Advanced Degrees Convocation.

Master of Accounting (MAcc) Investiture Ceremony
The Master of Accounting (MAcc) Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, May 6 in Shell Auditorium, McNair Hall.

Doctoral Convocation and Hooding Ceremony
The Doctoral Convocation and Hooding Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6 in Tudor Fieldhouse. Ph.D. recipients are expected to attend, along with the faculty member whom they have selected to hood them—typically, their thesis advisor.

Jones Graduate School of Business Investiture for MBA Programs
The Jones Graduate School of Business will hold its Investiture ceremony for Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree recipients Friday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse. All MBA degree recipients are expected to attend, along with all faculty members with appointment in the Jones School.

Undergraduate Convocation
The Undergraduate Convocation will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in Rice Stadium, rain or shine. All recipients of bachelor’s degrees (except the Bachelor of Architecture) are expected to attend. Each student will cross the stage, receive a diploma tube, and be congratulated. The ceremony will feature brief remarks by a student‐selected member of the graduating class, one of the college magisters, and the President. The ceremony will end with a student-written trumpet fanfare and fireworks. The ceremony is expected to run about two hours and fifteen minutes in length.

Plenary Commencement Ceremony
The Plenary Commencement will be held Saturday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Rice Stadium, rain or shine. All faculty members and all graduates are expected to attend. The ceremony will feature a full academic procession and recession, the conferral of degrees, the Commencement Speaker’s address, presentation of several awards, and brief remarks by other officials.