Graduation Convocation

Celebrate our students’ academic achievements every December and May at the Fine Arts Graduation Convocation.

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This is a TICKETED event, you must RSVP and request tickets through the exit survey for your guests. Even if you are not attending, please take the Exit Survey to give us your comments about your time spent at the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. Your NetID is used only for log in purpose not to track your responses to the survey. All responses are anonymous.

Tickets and survey will be available as of Monday, March 27 at 8:00 am.

Spring 2017 College of Fine Arts Graduation Convocations

Graduate Students

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Crowder Hall

 Undergraduate Students

  • Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Centennial Hall

Keynote Speakers

Graduate Student Convocation:
Dr. Elizabeth Garber, Professor, School of Art

Dr. Elizabeth Garber researches ceramics in relationship to material culture and education, the role of gender in women’s and girls’ lives, and diversity and social justice in art and visual culture education. She is published widely in journals and anthologies and has been a featured speaker at many universities and conferences. She was Fulbright Professor to the University of Art and Design, Helsinki (now Aalto University), where she researched craft education and taught courses on postmodern art education and art criticism. During the spring of 2010, she spent her sabbatical in South Korea, researching ceramics education.

Professor Garber is currently Past Editor of the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Other leadership positions she has held include President of the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Book Editor and Editorial Review Board member of Studies in Art Education, and a current reviewer for several other journals in the field. She held the position of Chair of the Division of Art and Visual Culture Education for many years.

A “Distinguished Fellow” of the National Art Education Association,

Garber’s awards include the Edwin Ziegfeld Award for “outstanding and internationally recognized” contributions to research, the June King McFee Award for “distinguished contributions to the profession of art education,” a “Beyond the Call of Duty Award” from the College of Fine Arts, the Roy and Stardust Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award from the University of Arizona, recognition as a Pacific Division of the NAEA Higher Educator of the Year, recipient of the Kenneth Marantz Alumni Award from Ohio State and of the Mary Rouse Award from the Women’s Caucus of the NAEA.

Holding an M.F.A. in ceramics in addition to a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Garber was a self-supporting clay artist who worked in community and school settings for many years before becoming a professor.

Undergraduate Convocation:
Dr. Andrew Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Arizona

Andrew C. Comrie serves as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. He is the chief academic officer of the University, overseeing all academic programs and units exclusive of the health sciences and medical enterprise where academic programs come under the oversight of the senior vice president for health sciences.

Dr. Comrie came to the University of Arizona in 1992 as a climatologist in the School of Geography and Development. He has several interdisciplinary appointments including Atmospheric Sciences and Public Health. He currently holds a tenured appointment as professor in the School of Geography and Development.

Prior to becoming Provost, Dr. Comrie served as associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. In his role as dean, Dr. Comrie provided academic leadership for graduate education at the University, including stewardship of 15 Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, which involve over 600 faculty members from more than a dozen colleges. Prior to his appointment as dean in January 2006, he led the UA’s graduate program in Geography for almost a decade. Dr. Comrie has served in national roles including the Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors from 2008-2010, the AAU Association of Graduate Schools Executive Committee from 2010 to 2012, and the Board of Directors of the Graduate Record Examination from 2010 to present.

As dean, Dr. Comrie’s accomplishments included raising the campus profile of the graduate enterprise, regularizing support for graduate interdisciplinary programs, and increasing support for graduate student fellowships. He introduced competitive programs to increase private and public extramural graduate student support, and he has worked with colleagues to maintain and strengthen exemplary programs to increase student access to graduate education.

As associate vice president for research he was active in technology transfer and entrepreneurship, research integrity and ethics, and advancing strategic research agendas across multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas.

Dr. Comrie received his undergraduate education at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on the connections between climate, disease vectors and pathogens. He has served as editorial board member and editor for several scientific journals.  His faculty webpage is located at the following link:


There will be flowers available for purchase for convocation ceremonies taking place Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14. Grad Flowers will be selling at McKale, the Student Union, Centennial Hall, Crowder Hall, and Arizona Stadium.

Pre-order flowers online.

Graduation Convocation