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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.

Details on spring 2021 commencement for the classes of 2020 and 2021 can be found here. A PDF of information for degree candidates can be found here. For questions regarding commencement, please contact the Office of Development here.

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rice Stadium

As announced in the April 12 message from President Leebron, the doctoral and advanced degree convocations for both 2020 and 2021 will join together into a single Saturday morning commencement on May 15. This event will include all graduate students (including Bachelor of Architecture and Artist Diploma students) except those earning the MBA, who will instead participate in the Jones Graduate School of Business commencement ceremony on Friday morning. Participation in plenary commencement is optional.

The Saturday morning doctoral and advanced degree commencement ceremony will include commencement speaker Nicholas Kristof and livestreamed for all audiences, but only advanced degree and PhD candidates and their guests may attend in person.

Information will be listed below as it becomes available.

Information for Students

2021 Information

Details for the 2021 plenary commencement ceremony can be found at Information for degree candidates can be found in the PDF here.

Important Dates for Students

Please make note of all deadlines.

April 25: Deadline to order regalia.

May 15: Doctoral and Advanced Degrees Convocation for Class of 2020 and 2021 Advanced Degrees and Doctoral Students. (August 2019 & 2020, December 2019 & 2020 and May 2020 & 2021). Morning Ceremony.

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Ticket Details

Each graduating student will receive four guest tickets for the ceremony they are participating in, which will be electronically distributed to students approximately one (1) week prior to commencement. All guests who attend commencement must abide by university safety policies, including strict rules on seating location and mask usage compliance. While the university is pleased to provide the opportunity for loved ones to celebrate commencement in person with their graduate, adherence to safety protocols is nonnegotiable and will be strictly enforced.

Information for Class of 2020

The RSVP deadline for class of 2020 students is Friday, April 23. Please click here if you intend to participate.


Full regalia is required for participants. Please click here for more information. Regalia orders must be placed by the deadlines.


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

Additional Information

Timeline of events

Specific details about the program for each event are still being worked out and will be communicated to graduates as needed.

Special Needs Seating

Information is forthcoming.

Webcast Information

The Advanced Degree Convocation is usually available to watch live. 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 typically take still photographs of each graduate. 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, and guests 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.