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Conservatory of Music

Conservatory of Music
Diploma and Hooding Ceremony
4 pm at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on May 11, 2019
Graduates and Faculty assemble at 3 pm in the Choral Rehearsal Hall
Commencement 2019 Homepage

Please refrain from bringing any air horns, noise makers, balloons or whistles to any Commencement day ceremonies.

Music and Speakers

The Conservatory's Diploma and Hooding Ceremony will begin with a year-in-review presentation by Dean Peter Witte followed by his personal remarks. A student speaker, selected by the graduating class, will also share thoughts and well wishes for classmates. Department Chairs and the Faculty Chair will congratulate students one by one on stage as students move to receive their hood from Dean Witte. This ceremony is one of the more personal on campus and is special each and every year.   

Graduation Reception
We cordially invite all Conservatory graduates and their families and friends to a reception immediately following the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony on the south side of Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

Mandatory Conservatory Diploma and Hooding Practice
All Conservatory students intending to walk in the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony must attend the practice which will be held in Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 6:30 pm.

The Conservatory's Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Conservatory Student Senate, will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 7:30 pm in Faye Spanos Concert Hall. A reception will follow in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall.

As you can imagine, there are many tasks in preparation for graduation. Here are a few important items for your consideration.

After Graduation
Once graduation is complete, there are still items that may need your attention, or that of the graduate. Items in orange are links to additional information.

When does diploma arrive?
Diplomas are mailed to the address specified on the Application for Graduation, 3 to 4 months after the semester in which you graduate. If your address changes, it is your responsibility to inform the Office of the Registrar of this change. Returned diplomas will be kept on file five years and then destroyed. There is a fee for a replacement diploma borne by the graduate.


Stay in touch with classmates and alumni.

Conservatory of Music Contact Information
Commencement Coordinator: Yvette Khan
Fax: 209.946.2770