The following is information regarding the Spring 2020 University of Utah and School for Cultural and Social Transformation Convocations and Commencement.

University of Utah General Commencement

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

The University of Utah General Commencement will be held 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 University of Utah Commencement, see the Commencement Website.

School for Cultural and Social Transformation Convocation

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Convocation for the School for Cultural and Social Transformation will be 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, 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.

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. 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,, 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 January 21, 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 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, 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 8:30 a.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 8:45 a.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 no limit of guests that a graduate may bring, and tickets are not required. The convocation procession will begin promptly at 8:45 a.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 Estela Hernandez at (801) 587-3242 or 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.