Brigham Young University holds one graduation ceremony in April. Students who have or will be graduating within a single academic year (eg. 2020-2021 academic year) are invited to attend the April commencement and convocation ceremony of that academic year. For example, a student who graduates in December 2021. April 2022, June 2022, or August 2022 is invited to participate in the April 2022 convocation ceremony.
Commencement vs. Convocation
Graduation ceremonies consist of two events;
Commencement: University gathering, which includes all graduating students regardless of what school they graduated from.
Convocation: Gathering of graduating students by college/school after commencement. During convocation, each graduate is recognized by name and appears on stage
McKay School of Education Convocation Information
Request to Walk Form
Date, Time, and Location of Convocation
Dates: Thursday & Friday, April 21 & 22, 2022. Specific time TBD
Location: Marriott Center
Date, Time, Location of Convocation
Dates: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: Convocation begins promptly at 2:00 p.m.
Location: http://education.byu.edu/convocation2021 (Link will be active on the day of convocation. The ceremony will start at 2:00 p.m)
Order your Cap and Gown
Instructions for Lining Up
Baccalaureate, Master's, and Education Specialist Candidates: TBA (please check back)
Doctoral Candidates: TBA (please check back)
Instructions for Walking Across the Stage
Baccalaureate, Master's, and Education Specialist Candidates: At the appropriate time, the usher will tell you
to move out of your seat and guide you onto the stage. Your name will be read as you walk across the stage to recieve
your diploma cover from universisty officials. You will then walk off stage and return to a seat (not neccessarily the
same seat as before). An usher will direct you as you leave the stage.
Doctoral Candidates: You will be seated on the front row, and at the appropriate time the usher will tell you to move out of your seat and guide you onto the stage. When it is your turn the reader will announce your name. As your name is read, you will walk up the ramp onto the stage to be hooded, then walk across the stage to recieve your diploma cover from university officials. You will then return to your seat on the front row. Please do not wear your cap when being hooded.
- Graduation is a "Sunday best" event. Men should wear dress shirts and ties, and women should wear skirts or dresses. Please ensure skirts/dresses are knee to mid calf length; do not wear long dresses or slacks that show below the gown. Graduates should wear appropriate dress shoes.
- Graduates should leave all personal belongings (purses, cameras, etc.) with a guest. Graduates will not have permanent seats on which to leave personal items, and presonal items should not be carried while crossing the stage.
- Please do not wear green. Photos of the graduates are taken with a green screen as a backdrop.
To order your cap and gown, go to http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_byu
Note: The above link is only active during specific periods of time.
Note: Education Specialist Robes are the same as the robes for the Master of Education candidates
Graduates should wear the tassel on the left side of the cap throughout the exercises except
when crossing the stage. At that time you may move the tassel to you right side to give a clear view of your face to the audience and photographer.
Tassel and Hood trim colors are as follows:
|MEd/EdS degree||Light blue|
The cap should be worn on the top of your head with the mortar board parallel to the floor. Please do not wear the cap on the back of your head or at an angle.
If you would like your name read differently from the way it appears on your graduation application on MyBYU, please call the Education Advisement Center at (801) 422-3426 and tell the office staff how you would like your name announced. For example, if the name on your application is your full name, "Jane Ilene Walker Doe," and you want you name announced as "Jane Walker Doe," you need to call and request the change. Calls must be received no later than Monday before graduation.
If your name is often mispronounced, please call the Education Advisement Center and tell the secretaries the proper pronunciation of your name. Calls must be received no later than the Monday before graduation.
A professional photographer will take pictures as graduates shake hands with university administrators. The photographers will make the photos available to each graduate. There is no obligation to buy the photograph.
If friends or family members would like to take a picture as the graduate crosses the stage, the best place to sit is on the south balcony. Guests may not come onto the graduate seating floor to take pictures.
- No tickets are required for guests to attend the convocation ceremony.
- Guests must be seated by 1:45 p.m., at which time seats may no longer be saved. Family members may not sit in empty graduates seating; only graduates and faculty are allowed in this area. Seating for individuals with wheelchair, walker, or special need will be provided in designated areas.
- Ushers will be at the doors to assist with seating and distribution of programs.
- If a guest will need special arrangements due to an acceessiblity need, please contact the event staff at the Marriott Center at (801) 422-6022.
- If a graduate will need special arrangements due to an acceessiblity need, please contact the Education Advisement Center at (801) 422-3426.
- We ask guests to withhold applause until each group is finished and an invitation to applaud is given. To maintain a professional and dignified atmosphere, guests should not whistle or make disruptive noises during the convocation ceremony.
Parking will be available in the parking lots at the Marriott Center and nearby lots around campus. Students and guests are asked to leave campus immediately after the convocation ceremony to open up parking spaces for those attending subsequent ceremonies. Please plan to take pictures before the ceremony or on a differnet day.
- Meet with your advisor from the Education Advisement Center (EAC) 1-2 semesters ahead of your estimated graduation time to make sure all requirements are fulfilled by the time you graduate.
- Apply for graduation by visiting https://enrollment.byu.edu/graduation
Students in a teaching major must complete all program requirements, including student teaching or internships in order to graduate and be licensed.
Requirements for Non-teaching Majors:
BYU adheres to Utah Board Rule admissions and retention requirements (Jul. 1, 2017; R277-502: http://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-502.htm) for teaching majors and teaching minors.
- Grades must be a C or higher in all courses in the teaching major and teaching minor.
- Students must have a total GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply for and graduate in a teaching major.
To be eligible for graduation and licensure, a fingerprint background check must be completed. Contact the advisement center to check to see if your fingerprint background check is up to date.
To be eligible for graduation and licensure, students are required to pass the Praxis ll test designed for their teaching major and teaching minor(s). Click here for more information.
Requirements for Non-teaching Majors:
See your major's program page for more details.
Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
Contact your Advisor. Options may be available to still graduate you on time or move your graduation to next semester/term.
Contact your advisor. Information will be updated soon.
Contact your Advisor. They can help with these types of issues.
Contact your Advisor. They can move graduation dates when needed.