2018 Convocation

We had a very successful first convocation! If you missed it, here are some photos from our school’s graduation.

University of Utah General Commencement

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

The University of Utah General Commencement will be held Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. General Commencement is the campus-wide collective ceremony for the University community to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class. For more information about the 2018 University of Utah Commencement, see the Commencement Website.

School for Cultural and Social Transformation Convocation

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Convocation for the School for Cultural and Social Transformation will be Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Olpin Union Ballroom. The Transform Convocation is a time for graduates, their families and guests, and the faculty and staff of the School to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of graduates. The convocation will last approximately 60 minutes. The convocation will feature a student and a faculty speaker selected by the graduating class, recognition of special student achievements, and the individual recognition of each graduate.

Live Streaming Video

The Convocation will be streamed live. During the event, click on the “live stream” play button.

Transform Graduation Reception

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Preceding the convocation, students and guests are invited to a reception in the Student Equity and Diversity Meeting Room on the second floor of the Union Building at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Students or guests attending the Transform Graduation Reception and needing accommodations can request assistance by contacting Jennifer Bangerter at the School at (801) 581-7569 or j.aoyagi.bangerter@utah.edu. The School requests that guests give reasonable prior notice and plan to arrive early.

General Information for Convocation

Cap and Gown Orders

Regalia is required for both Convocation and Commencement. These may be ordered at the University Bookstore online or at the University Bookstore’s Grad Fair (March 29 – 31). See the University Campus Bookstore website and the Registrar Graduation Checklist for additional information. The School will have a few gowns available for students to borrow on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Jen Wozab, jen.wozab@utah.edu, if you will need to borrow a gown in order to participate in convocation.

Commencement and Convocation Printed Programs

Students must apply for graduation by March 1, 2018 in order to have their name printed in the official printed programs. Apply for graduation here. Preferred first names can be printed in the Commencement and Convocation programs as well as on diplomas by emailing the Graduation Office at graduation@sa.utah.edu with a request that includes the student’s preferred first name, legal last name, UNID, major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s). CC the Transform advisor, Jen Wozab at jen.wozab@utah.edu, who will ensure that the Transform Convocation program is correct.

Line-up of Graduates

Graduates should gather in the Olpin Union Saltair Room (west of the Ballroom) no later than 5:30 p.m. Graduates will be given cards to be read at the convocation procession. Each graduate should retain their card until crossing the stage. The procession will form in the Saltair Room by major and degree and proceed into the Ballroom at 5:45 p.m. The School will be providing each graduate with a stole to commemorate their achievement. Honors at Graduation cords also will be distributed to students meeting the GPA requirements. Click here for Honors information.

Guest Seating

There is unlimited seating; no tickets are required. The convocation procession will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. Families and guests should be seated prior to that time. Special seating arrangements for guests needing accommodations are available in the Ballroom in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students or guests may also request accommodations through the Center for Disability Services at (801) 581-5020 (voice/TDD) with reasonable prior notice.


Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during convocation and commencement ceremonies. Families are encouraged to drop off those who cannot walk long distances at the east entrance of the Union Building before parking. Directions to the Union Building can be found here. Please see our commencement parking map for parking locations as well as shuttle and TRAX stops. The closest parking to the Union Building is the parking lot directly east of the building. Guests may also park in other lots and ride a University shuttle to the Union Building. Since parking can be difficult during this busy time on campus, we also encourage families to ride UTA TRAX and to take buses to graduation. Access UTA route maps and schedules here.


Diploma covers are presented during the convocation to each graduate. Diplomas are mailed from the Office of the Registrar to graduates within three months of graduation.


The School does not contract with a photographer; however, all are invited to come forward to take photographs as the graduates cross the stage so long as they do not disrupt the ceremony.