Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 4:00 PM
(doors open at 3:30 PM)
Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Reception to follow in Sayles Hall
The Midyear Completion Ceremony is held annually in honor of students completing degree requirements in the summer and fall semester (affectionally called ".5ers"). Hosted by Dean of the College Rashid Zia, the event allows students, family, and friends to celebrate seniors' achievements in an intimate, relaxed setting.
Below are a few questions frequently asked by .5ers:
What should students and faculty wear?
Academic regalia is not worn for this event. There is no particular dress code, but because this is a festive and celebratory event, students often wear dresses, skirts, slacks, tie, etc.
Is seating reserved for .5ers or guests?
.5ers who register by November 1 sit in reserved seating in the front center section.
There is no reserved seating for guests of .5ers, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a small section reserved for faculty and staff who RSVP by November 1 and arrive by 3:50 PM.
What time should I arrive on Saturday?
Students should arrive at 3:20 PM.
What time should my guests arrive?
Doors open for guests at 3:30 PM.
Will I get my diploma at the Ceremony?
No. .5ers receive their diplomas in May of the following calendar year. Students who do not pick up their diplomas at the departmental degree ceremony will receive their diplomas in the mail to the address listed in banner.
Can I walk in Commencement with my class?
Yes! .5ers may walk in the May Commencement that either precedes or follows the completion of their requirements in December - or both! Your name will only be listed in the program if you have already completed degree requirements (in other words, in the May after you finish). Either way, you should let your department know whether or not you plan to attend - especially in the May prior to your degree completion.
What happened last year? Can I see previous speeches?
Video from the 2018 ceremony, featuring Monica Munoz Martinez '06 as the faculty speaker, and Attayah Douglas '18.5 and Alexandrea Pimentel '18.5 as the student orators, is posted here. You might also read about the paths taken by many of the midyear completers here.
Where should I direct additional questions?
Dean Shannon O'Neill, Associate Dean of the College for Junior and Senior Class, oversees this event.