College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Convocation & Awards Ceremony Guide


Due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the spring commencement ceremonies planned for May 9 in the Glass Bowl is canceled. College of Law commencement set for May 10, College of Medicine and Life Sciences commencement scheduled for May 15, and all college convocations and honors programs planned for April and May also are canceled.

Graduating students are invited to participate in the University’s fall commencement planned for Dec. 12, 2020 in Savage Arena.


The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a Spring Convocation to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. 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.


  • Date: Friday, May 8, 2020 
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. 
  • Location: John F. Savage Arena, 2025 Douglas Road Toledo, OH 43606    

The Class of 2020 should arrive at 4:30 p.m. 


 Summer Candidates

Graduates for Summer 2020 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.


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 no later than March 29 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  no later than March 29 to request this service.



Information about attractions, restaurants 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.


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 convocation, please make arrangements to pick up your award or have it mailed to you.


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 NO LATER THAN APRIL 8, 2020 to Dr. Holiday-Goodman at 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 at the University Bookstore (419) 530-2516. 
  • Co- Hooders should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. to receive training and other important instructions. They should enter through the doors of Sullivan Athletic Complex on the northwest side of Savage Arena, 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 graduating candidate.



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%


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 John F. Savage Arena 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 or Dr. Megan Kaun at

Last Updated: 3/18/20