PSD Spring 2021 Convocation

University-wide Convocation 2021

Date: June 9, 2021, 4:00 PM CDT

Literally a “calling together,” Convocation is the University’s tradition of assembling all elements of the University community: degree candidates and their families and friends, faculty, deans, officers and trustees of the University, the provost, and the president.

This is a University-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. It will include the presentation of honorary degrees and an address from the Convocation speaker. Convocation Addresses consistently focus on the pursuit of knowledge and the power of ideas. The University president, Robert J. Zimmer, will verbally confer degrees on candidates by division and school. Each division and school will host a separate ceremony where degree candidates will be honored individually through the presentation of diplomas or hoods.

Divisional Ceremony

Date: June 9, 2021, Specific Time TBA (asynchronous, this can be watched after this date and does not require viewing in real-time to accommodate for time zone differences, etc.)

The Divisional Spring 2021 Graduation Ceremony will be presented online around June 10, 2021. This ceremony is specific to graduate students in the Physical Sciences Division (MS and PhD) students and recognizes graduates from the entire academic year (Summer 2020 graduates through Summer 2021 graduates).

Dean Olinto will provide remarks and introduce a musical performance. The underlying composition, “Novi Scientiam,” was composed specifically for the Physical Sciences Division by Sérgio Assad and draws inspiration from a traditional University song often performed at reunions and ceremonies, “Alma Mater.” The composition is performed by PSD graduate students, who volunteered their time and talents to honor their peers. Images from the Division offering congratulations to the graduates will be featured during this musical performance.

Students who “opt in” to being recognized will be honored through an individualized slide that contains information about the student’s degree program. Dean of Students Bahareh Lampert will read the names of graduating students who opt in, at a tempo consistent with crossing the stage. All other graduates who do not wish to be recognized individually will have their names featured at the end of the presentation and in the PSD specific graduation program. The program will be available for viewing online and can be saved as a PDF.

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