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Advanced Degrees Convocation

The Advanced Degree Convocation is a special ceremony held to recognize and celebrate our graduating Master's students. All recipients of a master's degree (other than those participating in the Jones School Investiture ceremony), an Artist's Diploma in Music, and Bachelor's of Architecture are invited to participate in the ceremony. Information on future ceremonies will be listed below as it becomes available.

Tentative: 2021 Ceremony: Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9:00-10:30 A.M.
Tudor Fieldhouse (Building 14 on Campus Map)
Reception to follow in the Grand Foyer of the Alice Pratt Brown Hall (Building 44 on Campus Map). Please enter though the EAST LOBBY near the Turrell Skyspace.

Information for Students

Important Dates for Students

Please make note of all deadlines.

Mid February – April 16: Register for Advanced Degrees Convocation.

April 16: Deadline to register for the Advanced Degrees Convocation.

April TBD: Deadline to reserve regalia. Regalia orders can be placed April 6-27; however, prices will increase.

May 14, 9:00 A.M.: Advanced Degrees Convocation. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:00 A.M. Procession begins promptly at 9:00 A.M.

May 15, 8:30 A.M.: Commencement. Candidates line up at 7:30 A.M. For more information see the commencement schedule of events:

Degree Conferral Checklist

Are you ready for graduation? Find out here.

Registration Details

To register:

  • Go to, log in using your Rice net ID and password. Please read each screen of the registration site carefully.
  • Indicate whether or not you will attend Commencement.
  • Indicate whether or not you will participate in the Advanced Degrees Convocation.
  • Enter information on how to correctly pronounce your name. Phoenetic pronunciations of American English can be found here, however we encourage you to write out your name as you've explained it to others.
  • Indicate how many guests you expect to attend the Advanced Degrees Convocation and request special accommodations for yourself or your guests if needed for the ceremony. After you register you will receive email confirmations regarding Commencement and the Advanced Degrees Convocation. PLEASE NOTE: Guests will not need tickets to attend the Advanced Degrees Convocation.
  • After you register, you will receive an email confirmation regarding Commencement and the Advanced Degrees Convocation.

If you have any registration questions or concerns, please email or call the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at 713-348-4002.


Full regalia is required for participants in the Advanced Degrees Convocation (degree candidates and faculty). Please click here for more information. Master’s regalia orders must be placed by the deadline.


There will be a reception for students, friends and families in the foyer of the Alice Pratt Brown Hall (Building 44 on Campus Map) immediately following the ceremony. We ask that students and guests enter Alice Pratt Brown Hall from the east entrance facing the Turrell Skyspace to avoid construction on the west side of the biulding.


For all questions not addressed in this FAQ or on our convocation pages, please, email

Information for Guests

Timeline of events

Doors will open at 8:00 A.M., and guests should be seated no later than 8:50 A.M. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and guests are advised to arrive early. Guests do NOT need tickets to attend the Advanced Degree Convocation.


Guests do NOT need tickets to attend the Advanced Degree Convocation. Tickets are only required for doctoral convocation.


Free parking is available in West Lots 2, 3, 4, and 5, adjacent to the Alice Pratt Brown building (see campus map). The closest accessible parking is available in West Lot 4. You may also drop off guests with accessibility needs outside Tudor Fieldhouse via the Inner Loop (suggested drop off location are bus stop 4 on the campus map).

Special Needs Seating

Degree candidates should indicate any special accommodations when registering for the Advanced Degrees Convocation.

Webcast Information

The Advanced Degree Convocation will be available to watch live at The ceremony will also be professionally recorded. After commencement, the videographer will contact each graduate at their permanent address on file with the registrar with information about purchasing a recording of the ceremony.


A photographer will take still photographs of each graduate being hooded. After commencement, the photographer will contact each graduate at the address on file with the Registrar’s Office with information about how you may purchase photographs. To learn more about purchasing professional photographs and videotapes of the ceremony, visit the Rice University Commencement website.

Text Updates

A special Commencement communication system has been set-up to provide students, families, faculty and staff with the most up-to-date information (including Inclement Weather updates). To opt in to this system, please text 2021RICEGRAD to 888-777. You may opt out at any time by replying STOP. For help, reply HELP. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.

Plenary Commencement Ceremony

See the University website regarding Saturday's Plenary Commencement Ceremony. Participation in either the Advanced Degrees Convocation or Commencement is optional.