College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Convocation and Commencement

The University of Toledo will hold two spring Commencement Ceremonies. Degrees will be conferred at The University of Toledo's Spring Commencement (Undergraduate and Graduate), where each graduate is videoed as they cross the stage and their image, name and degree are displayed on the large screens. The University commencement ceremonies will be live webcast.

  • BSPS graduates will have their degrees conferred at the University Undergraduate Commencement.
  • Master's and doctoral graduates will have their degrees conferred at the University Graduate Commencement.  
  • Doctoral candidates are hooded at the Graduate Commencement. 

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold Convocation to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018. No degrees will be conferred during the Convocation & Awards ceremony. 

Graduates are invited to attend either or both the college convocation and University commencement.  Graduates are not required to attend commencement or convocation in order for their degrees to be conferred.

SPRING CONVOCATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY DETAILS

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will host the Convocation, which celebrates the accomplishments the Class of 2018, undergraduate, professional and graduate levels.  The ceremony will include the faculty and graduates processing in with caps and gowns, along with awards, valedictorian speeches and ceremonial hooding of doctoral candidates.

  • Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 
  • Location: Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614     Print directions
  • Time: 5:30 PM

Please RSVP

Please RSVP to indicate if you will or will not be attending by March 29, 2018 to ensure your information will be in the College of Pharmacy Convocation & Awards Ceremony program. You can select whether you will attend Spring Commencement, the Convocation and Awards ceremony, or both.  Please complete even if you will not attend. 


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. 

ACCESSIBILITY

Seating areas are available for guests who use wheelchairs, with family seating in nearby seats. Please notify Sherlette Hobbs at sherlette.hobbs@utoledo.edu no later than March 29, 2018 if you require accommodation assistance.

An American Sign Language interpreter can be present if you or your guest require this type of accommodation. Contact Sherlette Hobbs at sherlette.hobbs@utoledo.edu no later than March 29, 2018 to request this service.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Information about attractions, restaurants and hotels can be found through Destination Toledo.

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more details on the schedule for the day, read the Convocation Guide

For questions or comments, please contact Sherlette Hobbs at sherlette.hobbs@utoledo.edu, or (for P4 students) Dr. Megan Kaun at megan.kaun@utoledo.edu.

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.

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.

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. 

Preceptors who do not hold the doctoral degree who participated in an individual student's academic program are eligible to co-hood a student along with a college faculty member. Other individuals who hold a doctoral degree may also be eligible to serve as a Co-Hooder of a graduate. 

  • All Co-Hooders require advance approval from the CPPS Office of Student Affairs to participate. Students may make these requests by email to Dr. Holiday-Goodman at Monica.Holiday-Goodman@utoledo.edu. Please use “Co-Hooder Request” in the subject line of the email.
  • Co-Hooders are required to wear academic regalia in order to participate in the convocation ceremony. If Co-Hooders do not already have their own regalia, regalia may be ordered (see flyer link below). Co-Hooders are responsible for returning rented regalia to the designated location as indicated in their rental agreement.
  • Co- Hooders should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. to receive training and other important instructions. They should enter through the main doors of the Great Hall, adjacent to the Stranahan Theater, and will be directed by staff to the appropriate line-up location. Co- Hooders will be seated in a designated area of the audience, in assigned seats according to the marching order of their graduate(s).

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 and 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.

SUMMER CANDIDATES

Graduates for Summer 2018 are invited to participate in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Spring Convocation & Awards ceremony. 

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.
Last Updated: 4/26/18