Graduate Commencement

Spring 2018 Commencement

May 4, 2018 | 1:30 p.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Doors open 12:00 p.m. No tickets required. All guests welcome.

There is one graduate Commencement ceremony on the Logan Main Campus at the end of the Spring semester. Regional Campuses host their own commencement ceremonies as well.

Commencement Deadlines

Spring 2018

Participation and Name in the Printed Program

  • Successfully defend by March 23, 2018
    • Complete Commencement Information Survey (Qualtrics) by March 23, 2018
      • Link will be provided when Record of Examination is submitted to the Graduate School after successful defense.
    • If defending after March 23, 2018, please complete the Early Commencement: Name in Printed Program form by March 23, 2018.

Participation Only (name not in the printed program)

  • Successfully defend by May 4, 2018
    • If defending in Summer 2018 or beyond OR department does not approve your name in the printed program, please complete the Early Commencement: Participation Only form by May 2, 2018.

Spring 2018

Participation and Name in the Printed Program

  • Notify your department of your intent to graduate by February 20, 2017.
  • Your department submits your student information to the Graduate School by March 5, 2018
    • Complete Commencement Information Survey (Qualtrics) by March 23, 2018
      • Link will be provided by Graduate School
    • If you are a Fall 2018 completion, please complete the Early Commencement: Name in Printed Program form by March 23, 2018. 

Participation Only (name not in the printed program)

  • Notify your department of your intent to graduate by April 20, 2018.
  • Your department submits your student information to the School of Graduate Studies by May 2, 2017
    • If a Fall 2018 completion or beyond OR department does not approve your name in the printed program, please complete the Early Commencement: Participation form by May 2, 2018.

Participation in Commencement does NOT mean graduate degree has been earned. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure all degree requirements have been met and procedures complete for their degree to be awarded. 

If you have Commencement-related questions, please email gradcommencement@usu.edu.

Commencement Preparation

A cap and gown are not required, but strongly recommended to participate in commencement. You are welcome to purchase a new or used cap and gown or share a cap and gown with someone who is not attending the same ceremony as you. You may also use your undergraduate cap and gown as long as they are black. If you are not purchasing a new cap and gown, be sure to at least order the correct hood.

You will wear a black mortarboard with a black tassel that hangs over the left side of your cap. You will move the tassel to the right side as the commencement ceremony concludes.

You will also carry the hood over your left arm during the ceremony. The hood should be folded in half. Lay the color and rounded end towards your body on your left arm. A faculty member will hood you at the ceremony.

Your hood must have a band of color that associates you with your college.

Maize: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences


Brown: Caine College of the Arts


Drab: Jon M. Huntsman School of Business


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


Orange: College of Engineering


White: College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Russet: S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources


Yellow-Gold: College of Science


Purchase a new cap, gown and hood from the USU Campus Store online or in the Taggart Student Center in Logan during their Graduation Fair (March 20-21, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The USU Campus Store also sells announcement stationery, class rings, diploma frames and more. If ordering online, you have until the day before graduation to pick up your order from the store in person. Contact the Campus Store at 1-800-662-3950 or 435-797-3950 with questions.

Honor cords and special distinctions are not issued by the graduate school and are not announced at the commencement ceremony. If you receive an honor cord or special distinction to wear, you are welcome to wear it.

The Commencement Information Survey is a Qualtrics survey. You will be able to submit a Preferred Name and Hometown for the printed Commencement program. Inappropriate names or phony locations will not be printed.

You will be asked if you intend on attending the upcoming Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Logan Main Campus. It will also ask if you intend on attending any of the Regional Campus Commencement Ceremonies. Students are welcomed to attend both.

The Commencement Information Survey must be complete by March 23, 2018, for your information to be included in the printed program. Please refer to the Commencement Deadlines above to check your eligibility.

  • If you do not complete the survey and are eligible for your name to be in the printed program, your information will be retrieved from Banner.
  • If you do not meet the March 23, 2018, deadline, your name will appear in the 2019 Commencement printed program.
You are welcome to attend commencement at the Logan campus and/or your regional campus ceremony.
Friends and family who can’t attend commencement in person can watch the live stream.
For information about sign language interpretation, accessible parking and wheelchair access, contact the Disability Resource Center at (435) 797-2444.
Students typically wear dress clothes with their cap and gown. You should wear clothes you’re comfortable sitting in for a couple hours and shoes you’re comfortable walking in for a couple blocks and on stairs.
When planning what to bring to the ceremony, keep in mind there is no secure place to leave items in the fieldhouse and the fieldhouse will be locked after the graduate procession leaves for the ceremony.

Seating in the Spectrum is very tight and there is no room for large items to be stored. There is no guarantee you’ll return to the same seat after being hooded so you will need to carry anything you brought with you as you walk to the platform, are hooded on the platform and walk back to the seats.

You’re strongly encouraged not to bring valuables so they are not lost or stolen. It’s best to leave your personal items with your guests.

Bring your cap, gown and hood and enter the Nelson Fieldhouse through the north doors. The north doors will be open at 12:30 p.m. If you do not have your cap, gown and hood, you can visit the campus store in the student center to see if they still have some for purchase. They typically have some on graduation day and are open.

Graduate school staff will help you check the placement of your cap, gown and hood, direct you to the name card table and direct you to your college’s staging area.

Name cards list your name, degree and, if receiving a Ph.D., your major professor. They are separated by college with master’s students’ cards on the left tables and doctoral students’ cards on the right tables.

If you cannot find your name card or you need to make corrections, pens and blank cards will be available.

The name on your card is purely for announcing purposes. If you want a different name on your diploma, please update your information in Banner.

Graduate school staff will direct you to your college’s staging area. Doctoral students will be announced first so they need to line up with their major professor at the front (west side) of their college’s area.
The procession will begin from the west doors of the Nelson Fieldhouse. Your guests are welcome to line the route to cheer for you and take photos.

  • From the west doors of the fieldhouse, the procession will head east on Aggie Boulevard (700 North).
  • From Aggie Boulevard, the procession will turn left down the sidewalk between the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) and Education buildings.
  • The procession will continue walking north to the north side of the Spectrum (900 North).
  • At 900 North, the procession will walk around the building to the southwest corner of the Spectrum and through the main loading area.

If you are late or do not want to walk in the procession, you can meet the group at the loading area on southwest corner of the Spectrum. Find your college and walk in with them to be sure you’re seated in the correct area.

Faculty ushers will direct you from the Spectrum tunnel to your seat. You will sit with your college and should fill all seats in each row. You will receive a printed program as you are seated.

After your hooding, you may be directed to sit in a new seat.

Two designated picture areas will be available for use inside the Spectrum: one at the bottom of section M and one at the bottom of section X.
Attending commencement does not mean you graduated. You are responsible for completing all degree requirements even if you participate in commencement early. Contact your graduate program coordinator with questions.
If you do not attend commencement, you can pick up your diploma cover in the Registrar’s Office at no charge. If you want your diploma cover mailed, you’ll be charged a $6.15 postage fee. Contact the Registrar’s Office with questions.
Diplomas are administered and sent by the Registrar’s Office. If you have questions or concerns about your diploma, contact the Registrar’s Office. It will take 8-10 weeks after the semester ends to receive your diploma.
The week following commencement, photos and a video of the event will be published online. Additionally, photos taken by the School of Graduate Studies photographer will be available to view on this page.

Tentative Agenda

12:00 p.m. – Spectrum doors are opened to the public for the commencement ceremony.

12:30 p.m. – Candidates assemble at the Nelson Field House to receive a name card, be placed in line for the processional and receive instructions about hood placement.

1:00 p.m. – Academic procession from the Nelson Field House to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

1:30 p.m. – Ceremony begins in the Spectrum.

Your college or department may host a post-commencement reception. Check with your college or department for details or listen for an announcement after the ceremony.


All yellow parking lots and visitor parking areas will be open to guests during commencement. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at (435) 797-7275 with questions.