Convocation and Commencement Preliminary Information:

For family/guest travel and planning purposes, we are pleased to announce the following information about the Spring 2017 Convocation and Commencement Ceremonies:

BHAN Convocation Letter

BHAN Convocation Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 26th, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: “South Tent” located on the south green – outside Laurel Hall.

The Convocation Ceremony is an event specifically for students in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. This ceremony gives us an opportunity to recognize our students in a more personal way by acknowledging each one individually. No tickets are required for the ceremony; seating capacity of the tent is approximately 1,000.

No tickets required. The tent seats approximately 1200. There is another ceremony in the same venue scheduled to end at 2:30pm so guests for our convocation will not be seated until approximately 2:45 pm.

University of Delaware Commencement Ceremony
Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Delaware Stadium

The Commencement Ceremony is a university-wide event in which students proceed onto the field at the Delaware Stadium, degrees are conferred by the President of the University, the graduating students are acknowledged by their respective colleges, and the commencement speaker delivers his/her address. It is recommended that degree candidates and guests arrive by 7:30 am. Student procession begins at 8:20 am.

No tickets required.

Additional preliminary information is currently available and posted at More information about both the departmental Convocation and the UD Commencement ceremony will be forthcoming later this semester via email, at and on our departmental website, .

Convocation Information for Graduating Students
Note: This ceremony is for Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 graduates

Students should come robed and plan to arrive in front of Rodney Dining Hall (323 Academy St, Newark, DE 19711) no later than 2:30 pm. Major signs will be posted inside Rodney Dining Hall. Please look for your major and immediately move to this spot. Faculty and Staff will be present to direct you.

  • There is no registration or application required to participate in the ceremony.
  • Upon arrival please prepare to complete a Degree Candidate Name Card and a Career Services Survey Card.
    • Degree Candidate Name Card – Students will carry the Degree Candidate Name Card with them into the tent. If your name is often mispronounced, please write it phonetically on the card. This name card will be collected as you approach the stage to be announced.
    • Career Services Survey Card – The two-sided Career Services Survey Card should be completed and given to a faculty member.
  • Photographs of each graduate will be taken by a professional photographer as they exit the stage.
  • Comfortable footwear is recommended since this is an outdoor event.
  • There is no registration or application required to participate in the ceremony.
  • Convocation is a dignified occasion and students are required to wear academic regalia (cap and gown). In order to maintain visual uniformity, students are directed to only wear current year’s regalia.
  • Anyone who is noticeably intoxicated will be escorted from the ceremony and will not be permitted to participate in convocation.
  • Food is not permitted. Water coolers will be stationed in the rear of the tent.
BHAN Convocation Information for Families
Due to the number of families and cars on campus on Friday, May 26, 2017, we are asking that families plan to arrive to the South Tent (located on South Green) between 2:30 and 3:00 pm to avoid delays in the ceremony. Because there is another convocation immediately preceding our ceremony, families will not be seated until our staff has completed preparation of the space. The Convocation ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 pm and will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Please be advised that in the event of severe weather conditions, the ceremony may be altered or cancelled at the discretion of Public Safety

  • Keep in mind this is an outdoor event and dressing in layers and comfortable footwear is recommended.
  • Special seating will be available for those persons with disabilities or the elderly and up to two of their guests.
  • Closed captioning will be provided on one of the main screens.
  • Official photographers from GradImages will photograph each graduate as he/she exits the stage. Please remain seated during the ceremony to allow room for the professional photographer to take photos of the graduates. Photographs are available for purchase within 24-48 hours of the ceremony at:
  • At the conclusion of the convocation ceremony, please remain seated until the students have completed the recessional.
  • Students and their guests may want to arrange for a pre-determined meeting place after the ceremony due to the number of attendees.