College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Convocation & Awards Ceremony Guide

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a Spring Convocation to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2017. No degrees will be conferred during the Convocation & Awards ceremony; degrees will be conferred at The University of Toledo's Spring Commencement. The ceremony will include the faculty and graduates processing in with caps and gowns, along with awards and valedictorian speeches.

SPRING CONVOCATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY DETAILS

  • Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Stranahan Theater (4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614)

The Class of 2017 should arrive at 4:30 p.m. 

 

Summer Candidates

Graduates for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 are invited to participate in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Spring Convocation & Awards ceremony. 

Academic Regalia and Announcements

Academic Regalia for all students is available for purchase from the University Bookstore. Information from the University Bookstore about obtaining a cap and gown for graduation is available by contacting the bookstore at (419) 530-2516.


Guests

Admission to the ceremony does not require a ticket; however, seating is on a first come, first served basis. Ushers will be available to direct guests to seats.


Accessibility Concerns

Seating areas are available for guests who use wheelchairs, with family seating in nearby seats. Please notify Cynthia Tierney at cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu no later than April 12 if you require accommodation assistance.


An American Sign Language interpreter can be present if you or your guest require this type of accommodation.  Contact Cynthia Tierney at cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu  no later than April 3 to request this service.

Accommodations

Information about attractions, restuarants and hotels can be found through the Parents, Friends and Family Visiting link on the University's Commencement pages.


Name Cards

Cards will be printed out according to the information provided on the CPPS RSVP form. Be sure to completely fill out all requested information for your degree. If your name might be difficult to pronounce, please write it phonetically on the form to ensure its proper pronunciation at the ceremony.  Cards will be distributed to you before the ceremony at the check-in area.

Each candidate will walk across the stage, hand his/her name card to the announcer, have his/her name read, and be congratulated by the Dean and other faculty and staff members of the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Candidates then return to their seats for the remainder of the ceremony.


Photographs

Designated areas will be reserved for family and friends picture taking.  No permanent seating or placement of video cameras is permitted in these areas.  Guests should be courteous and respectful of all those wishing to take photographs.

Award Recipients

All awards will be printed in the program with recipient's name and award they are receiving. Each award recipient will be recognized and receive their award(s). If you are unable to attend commencement, please make arrangements to pick up your award or have it mailed to you.


Hooding

For many years, the academic tradition of hooding has been a significant and cherished part of the Convocation tradition. During this on-stage ritual, the doctoral or master's hood is placed over the shoulders of the graduates to signify the professional stature attained by advanced degree holders.

Since hooding signifies the progression from student to master, the honor of hooding is customarily reserved for faculty in recognition of their role in the education of the graduates. Faculty and preceptors who hold the doctoral degree and who participated in an individual student’s academic program are eligible to hood a student. 

Honors

Undergraduate candidates with an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher are qualified to graduate with scholastic distinction. This GPA is calculated using all undergraduate coursework taken at The University of Toledo and all undergraduate coursework taken at other institutes, as well as any grades deleted or forgiven in accordance with UT’s Board of Trustees approved policies. No student will be awarded a level of honors above that indicated by The University of Toledo GPA. These averages and the citation they merit are as follows:

            3.3 – cum laude
            3.6 – magna cum laude
            3.9 – summa cum laude

Eligible candidates will be distinguished at the Convocation ceremony based on all academic work completed prior to the term preceding Convocation and will be notified by mail. Honors cords can be picked up at the Registrar's Office after notification from UT. The actual honors awarded at the time a degree is posted will be based on the final cumulative GPA.

Valedictorians and Top 10%

B.S. IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES GRADUATES

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program valedictorian and Top 10% Awards will be determined based on the higher education GPA at the end of the December (fall semester) prior to Convocation. Both Fall and Spring graduates will be eligible for the recognition. The higher education GPA will be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates

The Doctor of Pharmacy program valedictorian and Top 10% Awards (end of P4 year) will be determined based on the GPA for required professional division pharmacy course work. This GPA is obtained from the Registrar's Office as the Honor Society or Pharmacy GPA. It will be verified that all required courses are included. If any required courses are not included because of transfer credit (commonly Microbiology), then the GPA will be manually calculated with the appropriate transfer grade(s) included.

Tips for an Extraordinary Convocation Ceremony

  • Leave personal items like coats and purses with guests. There are no facilities available for storing these items.
  • Arrive early enough to allow adequate time to line up with your classmates, at least 45 minutes before start of ceremony.
  • Bring any number of guests you wish, but enter Stranahan Theater as a group for efficient seating.
  • Wear additional academic regalia that correspond with your honor society (for example sash, medal, ribbon, pins, etc.).
  • Follow and tag the college on Twitter and Instagram @UToledoPharmacy during the ceremony.

Contact Information

For questions or comments, please contact Cynthia Tierney at cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu or Dr. Megan Kaun at megan.kaun@utoledo.edu.

Last Updated: 4/5/17