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CEHS Commencement

In 2019, the format for commencement at Utah State University has gone through some changes to improve the experience for both graduates and their families. The information on this page is directly related to those graduating from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. If you are looking for information at the university level, see the Utah State University Commencement page.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 — Main Commencement Ceremony

Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

8:00 am: Graduates Assemble on University Quad
8:30 am: Academic Procession
9:00 am: Main Commencement Ceremony

No tickets required

This commencement ceremony recognizes all graduating students in every college on Utah State University's main campus. Both undergraduate and graduate students will assemble on the University Quad and will be directed to where they need to be.

Please note that this is not a hooding ceremony, and this is not where graduates will receive their diploma covers. Those ceremonies are described below. The CEHS ceremonies will be very different than in previous years.

Friday, May 3, 2019 — CEHS Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Location: Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center

Overflow: Morgan Theater, Chase Fine Arts Center

8:30 am: Graduates assemble on ramps in the Chase Fine Arts Center
9:00 am:
 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Tickets Required: Graduates should obtain tickets from their graduate program coordinator; tickets are limited. Overflow in Morgan Theater does not require tickets.

The CEHS Graduate Hooding Ceremony is where graduates earning a master's, educational specialist, or doctorate degree will be hooded and receive their diploma cover. This event will only include graduate students in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.

Please note that because the venue is much smaller than the Spectrum, tickets will be provided. Graduates should contact their Graduate Program Coordinator to receive their tickets. Please do not ask for more than you will need.

We have a professional photographer who will take your picture as you exit the stage. Your GPC will send you a link to download your photo.

Please, no food or drinks during the event.

Friday, May 3, 2019 — CEHS Undergraduate Ceremony

Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

11:00 am: Graduates Assemble in the Wayne Estes Center (West of the Spectrum)
11:30 am:
 Undergraduate Ceremony

No tickets required

The CEHS Undergraduate Ceremony is for all undergraduate students in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Students should line up half an hour before the event, wearing all of their ceremonial clothing. The tassel should be placed on the right side of the cap and will be moved to the left side of the cap during the ceremony.

Friday, May 3, 2019 — CEHS Ice Cream Social

Location: Education North Lawn (North of the Education Building)

1:30 pm: Ice Cream Social

No tickets required

Come celebrate Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services graduates! Aggie Ice Cream and water will be served to all graduates as well as their families and guests.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What departments graduate from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services?

  • Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Kinesiology and Health Science
  • Nursing and Health Professions
  • Psychology
  • School of Teacher Education and Leadership
  • Special Education and Rehabilitation

Our college name is sometimes shortened to the “College of Education.” If you see this on the form to order your graduation regalia, don’t stress about it if you are not a teaching major. It is still the same college and includes all of the human services majors.

What is the difference between Main Commencement and the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Ceremony?

The Main Commencement Ceremony is for the entire university. You will sit with the entire college (in any order). The President of the University will be there along with other dignitaries. There will be a commencement speaker; then the Provost will confer your degree. He will introduce each college and ask them to stand and cheer. Names will not be read at this ceremony. Tickets are not required.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Undergraduate Ceremony is JUST for our college. The dean will speak, along with the college valedictorian. Then each department will be introduced and walk up to the stage, where your name will be read. After your name is read, you will walk across the stage and get your diploma cover from your department head, then shake hands with the dean. Tickets are not required.

Both ceremonies will be about 1 ½ hours long. You can attend both ceremonies or just one; the choice is yours.

What do I need to wear?

We strongly recommend that students wear the cap and gown. Students typically wear dress clothes with their cap and gown. Students can purchase new or used gowns, or they can share gowns. The College does not have information or resources for used caps and gowns. There is not an option to rent a cap and gown from our supplier.

How do I get a cap and gown?

The USU Campus Store is the place to purchase your cap and gown, order announcements, class rings, grad packs, or a diploma frame. The best time to purchase them is during the Grad Fair that is held at the USU Campus Store in mid-March. Caps and gowns are also available on their webpage at https://campusstore.usu.edu/.

What color of cap and gown do I get?

  Black.

What color of tassel do I get?

  Light Blue.

How do I wear my cap and gown?

Come to the Wayne Estes Center in your black cap and black gown to line up for the processional to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for our college ceremony. Your blue tassel should hang from the right side of your cap until the end of the ceremony when the Dean will announce the moment for you to move it to the left.

Are there honor cords or special distinctions to wear?

Honor cords and special distinctions are not issued by the College and are not announced at the Commencement ceremony. If you have received an honor cord or special distinction to wear, you are welcome to wear it.

Do we have to sit in alphabetical order, or can we sit with our friends?

You need to sit with your department, but you can sit with friends in your department. You will not be seated alphabetically.

What do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring your cap, gown, hood, and tassel. You are responsible for any other items you bring.  After you receive your diploma cover, you will return to the same seat you were sitting in before you walked up to the ramp.

Where do I leave my purse or backpack during commencement?

We recommend that students bring as little as possible. We strongly encourage that students not bring valuables so they do not get misplaced or stolen. It is best to leave personal items with your family, friends, or guests.

What do I need to wear?

We strongly recommend that students wear the cap and gown. Students typically wear dress clothes with their cap and gown. Students can purchase new or used gowns, or they can share gowns. The College does not have information or resources for used caps and gowns.

How do I get a cap and gown?

The USU Campus Store is the place to purchase your cap and gown, order announcements, class rings, grad packs, or a diploma frame. Caps and gowns are also available on their webpage at https://campusstore.usu.edu/.

What color of cap and gown do I get?

 Black.

What color of tassel do I get?

 Black.

What color hood do I get?

  Your hood color will be light blue, which is your college color.

Light Blue: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

How to hold your hoodHow do I wear my cap and gown?

Come to the Daines Concert Hall in your black cap and black gown.

  • Your black tassel will hang from the left side of your cap. You will move your tassel to the right side at the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony.
  • Please fold your hood in half. Lay the color and rounded end towards your body on your left arm (see photo). A faculty member will hood you at the ceremony.

You will line up and walk with your tassel on the left side and your hood on your left arm with the color/round end towards your body.

Are there honor cords or special distinctions to wear?

Honor cords and special distinctions are not issued by the College and are not announced at the Commencement ceremony. If you have received an honor cord or special distinction to wear, you are welcome to wear it.

What do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring your cap, gown, hood, and tassel. You are responsible for any other items you bring.  There will not be a secure place to leave any items. The seating in the Daines Hall is very tight; there is no room for large items to be stored. We do not guarantee that after you are hooded you will return to the same seat, so you may need to carry the extra items you bring with you to the platform.

Where do I leave my purse or backpack during commencement?

We recommend that students bring as little as possible. We strongly encourage that students not bring valuables so they do not get misplaced or stolen. It is best to leave personal items with your family, friends, or guests.

See the maps for locations where parking will be available for each event. Please note that commencement will be on USU working days, and might be difficult to get a spot. Please plan accordingly.

This parking map is subject to change. Check back frequently before commencement to ensure that the map has not changed.