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, November 20 at 8:00 am.

Fall 2017 College of Fine Arts Graduation Convocation

All Students

  • Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Crowder Hall

Keynote Speaker

Paula Fan

Image by Tucson wedding photographers Chris Richards Photography

Pianist Paula Fan has performed on five continents as soloist and chamber musician, recorded over twenty commercial albums, and has broadcast for the BBC, NPR, Radio Television China, and international stations from Bosnia to Australia. As one of the first recipients of the doctorate in Collaborative Piano, she has lectured on the subject worldwide. She has taught at the University of Arizona as its only Regents’ Professor from the Fine Arts, and has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music. She performed as Principal Keyboardist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for over 30 seasons.

As both performer and teacher, one of her greatest interests has been building bridges between classical music and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as well as between disciplines. In collaboration with the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy, she was co-founder of the Solar Storytellers, a piano trio playing electric instruments powered by a golf cart with a solar panel for a roof, which performed on the National Mall in Washington DC, at the Aspen Science Center, and in Arizona. She now serves as the first Senior Fellow at the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and continues to tour internationally as pianist and lecturer.


There will be flowers available for purchase for convocation ceremonies. Grad Flowers will be selling at McKale, the Student Union, Centennial Hall, Crowder Hall, and Arizona Stadium.

Pre-order flowers online.

Graduation Convocation