College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Commencement & Convocation

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a Convocation & Awards Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. No degrees will be conferred during the Convocation & Awards ceremony. 

For information on The University of Toledo's Commencement ceremony please refer to: http://www.utoledo.edu/offices/registrar/commencement.html

Graduates are invited to attend either or both the college convocation and University commencement.  

 

SPRING CONVOCATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY DETAILS

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will host the Convocation, which celebrates the accomplishments of the Class of 2019, undergraduate, professional and graduate levels.  The ceremony will include the faculty and graduate candidates processing in with caps and gowns, along with awards, valedictorian speeches and ceremonial hooding of doctoral candidates.

  • Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 
  • Location: John F. Savage Arena, 2025 Douglas Road Toledo, OH 43606    
  • Time:5:30 PM

Please RSVP

Please RSVP to indicate if you will or will not be attending by March 29, 2019. 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 Cynthia Tierney at cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu no later than March 29, 2019 if you require accommodation assistance.

An American Sign Language interpreter can be present if you or your guest require this type of accommodation. Please contact Cynthia Tierney at cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu no later than March 29, 2019 to request this service.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Each award recipient will be recognized and receive their award(s). If you are unable to attend, please make arrangements to pick up your award or have it mailed to you.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions or comments, please contact Cynthia Tierney at cynthia.tierney@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 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.

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.

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 interim 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 2019 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 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.
Last Updated: 4/17/19