male student smiling at the Watts College Convocation

Watts College Convocation

Commencement vs Convocation

What is the difference between Commencement and Convocation?

University Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies are the university-wide ceremonies at which President Crow confers degrees. Doctoral graduates have their names read and cross the stage at Graduate Commencement. Master degree candidates will be announced by college, but not individually.

Convocation events are celebrations of individual achievement where graduate names are called and graduates cross the stage. Convocation ceremonies are hosted by the college or special interest group.