Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Ticket information below

Composer, venture capitalist and philanthropist Gordon Getty will receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Conservatory at the commencement ceremony. For more than 30 years, Getty has pursued a career in classical composition while leading business ventures and giving millions of dollars in support of the arts and sciences through the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. His song cycles, operas and chamber and orchestral works have been presented around the world by ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bolshoi Ballet and many others. Getty, himself a former Conservatory student, will deliver the commencement address to the class of 2014, offering insights gleaned from a lifetime practicing and fostering the musical arts.

The student speakers at the Commencement ceremony are Alan Briones (BM) and Lydia Zodda (MM).

Following the approximately ninety-minute ceremony, there will be a reception in the Atrium for graduates and their guests.

Mandatory Meetings for Graduating Students

The Office of Student Life and the Office of the Registrar will hold meetings for all May 2014 graduates. Students expecting to graduate in May must attend one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 19 at Noon in the Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, March 19 at 3pm in the C01
  • Friday, March 21 at 2:30pm in Room 507

Graduating students will receive an email with instructions on registering for one of the meetings.  Please contact the Office of the Registrar if you did not receive this email, or if there are changes to your graduation plan.

Forms and Documents

This list of documents to be completed in order to graduate.

Ceremony Tickets

Tickets to the Commencement ceremony will be available at Office of Student Life, Suite 208, beginning Tuesday, May 6. Each student may invite up to two guests to sit in the Concert Hall for the ceremony. The graduating student will not need a ticket; however, each guest must have a ticket to be admitted.  Students must personally pick up their tickets.  

The Conservatory will have overflow seating for guests who are over the two ticket maximum. Overflow seating will be in the Osher Salon, where a live-feed of the ceremony will be streamed; tickets are not needed for overflow seating. Guests of graduates in overflow seating may join the reception in the Atrium following the ceremony.

Any questions should be directed to Caitlin Shepherd, Student Life Assistant, at

Participation in Commencement

Students that have met all the requirements within their degree program, as confirmed by the Office of the Registrar, are eligible to participate in Commencement.  Students that completed all degree requirements and graduated after fall semester ("December graduates") are eligible to walk in the May Commencement ceremony.  All student participants in Commencement are required to utilize caps, gowns, and hoods purchased from Herff-Jones in the same year as the Commencement ceremony.

Caps and Gowns

Graduates and faculty will take part in a processional and recessional dressed in academic regalia. The Conservatory supplements the cost of caps, gowns and hoods for Commencement.  Graduating students will receive an email in February with information on how to purchase their caps, gowns, and hoods online from Herff-Jones. The order must be placed online no later than Thursday, April 3, 2014.  All caps, gowns, and hoods will be shipped directly to the Conservatory and distributed by the Office of Student Life in order to save graduating students the cost of shipping.

Announcements and Diploma Frames

Herff-Jones has a number of announcements, thank you cards, and diploma frames available for students and their families to purchase.

Driving Directions and Parking

Please visit the Admissions webpage for driving directions and parking.

Airport and Hotel Information

Please visit the Admissions webpage for airport and hotel information.