Simon celebrates the Class of 2024

Congratulations Simon graduates, and welcome family and friends of the Class of 2024. Here you will find everything you need to know about the Simon Graduation Ceremony and the University of Rochester Commencement Ceremony during Commencement Weekend

University of Rochester 
Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 17

Fauver Stadium at the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex on the River Campus 

9:00 am – All University 2024 Graduates

All graduates, degrees, and schools are invited to attend. Registration to participate is required and each graduate is allowed six guest tickets. Find out more on the University of Rochester Commencement Events page


Simon Business School Graduation Ceremonies

Sunday, May 19

Kodak Hall on the Eastman Campus
26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604

9:00 am — MSBA, MSMA, MSF, MSA
12:00 pm (noon) — FT MBA, PMBA, EMBA, MMM, MSBR, PhD, OMSBA

This ceremony is only for Simon graduates. No tickets are required, and there is no limit to the number of guests. Announcements will be made for Simon-specific honors, prizes, and awards. Each graduate’s name will be announced as they walk across the stage.

Registration is required. 

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Please join us for the 2024 Dean’s Picnic

Sunday, May 19 at the Hajim Quad Tent
11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Graduates and their guests will be welcomed back to campus following the Simon Graduation for the annual Dean’s Picnic to be held under the tent on the Hajim Quad. There will be food, music, and lawn games. We hope to see you there.



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Regalia (Cap and Gown) Information

Students are required to wear the appropriate University of Rochester regalia to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony on May 17 and/or the Simon Graduation Ceremony on May 19. All students at the University of Rochester are expected to purchase their own regalia.

You will wear the same regalia to both ceremonies. The online purchase option has closed,  however you can purchase regalia in person at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in College Town.  

You will need all items in the complete package for both ceremonies. If you are unfamiliar with what regalia is, please view this short and informative video!  

TIP: Take your regalia out of the packaging and hang it up while showering to get the wrinkles out.


Simon Graduation Ceremony FAQs

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be shipped after the ceremony and students will be contacted for shipping address information. See the registrar’s website for information on when you should expect to receive diploma.

Will the Simon Graduation Ceremony have a live stream for those unable to attend in person?

Ceremonies will be live streamed; and will be available here shortly before the event.

Will there be a Simon graduation ceremony rehearsal?

Online rehearsal will take place Tuesday May 14 11:00 am at the following Zoom link:

What time should my guest and I arrive to Kodak Hall?

Ceremony One:  Graduates should arrive between 7:40 and 8:25 a.m.
Ceremony Two:  Graduates should arrive between 10:50 and 11:35 a.m.

Where should my family and I park at Kodak Hall?

Parking is available in East End Garage for about $7. There is limited street parking.

How do I request accommodations for my guests that are mobility impaired?

If a student has a guest attending the ceremony who may need assistance or special seating, please call the Commencement Office at (585) 275-4111.


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