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 April 4 at noon.

Spring College of Fine Arts Graduation Convocations

Graduate Students

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • Crowder Hall

Undergraduate Students

  • Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • Centennial Hall

Keynote Speakers

Graduate Student Graduation Convocation: Dr. Andrew Carnie

Dean, Graduate College and Professor, Linguistics

Andrew CarnieDr. Andrew Carnie earned his Ph.D. from MIT in generative linguistics. He came to the UA in 1998 and is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and a member of the Cognitive Science, Ethnomusicology, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs).

Dr. Carnie specializes in both the formal description of the syntax (sentence structure) and the instrumental and experimental analysis of the phonetics and phonology (sound structure) of less commonly spoken languages. He has worked extensively on the documentation and revitalization of endangered Celtic languages. With multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, he performs psycholinguistic and instrumental measures of the unique sounds and sound patterns found in those languages. In addition to numerous articles, he has written or edited thirteen books. His most popular book is Syntax: A Generative Introduction, which is now in its third edition. It is the most commonly used textbook in the field, and is translated into a number of languages.

After serving for a number of years as the faculty director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, Dr. Carnie took over as Dean of the Graduate College in 2012. Under his leadership, the College has founded the Graduate Center — a national model for the professional development of graduate students and has developed and enhanced facilities for increasing the number and diversity of Graduate Students and has worked to improve the support of students across the campus.

In his spare time, Dr Carnie is the lead teacher of one of the two international folk dance clubs in Tucson.

Undergraduate Student Graduation Convocation: Bruce Brockman

Director, School of Theatre, Film & Television

Bruce BrockmanBruce Brockman is a Professor and Founding Director of the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona.  Prior, to his current appointment, he served as Theatre Department Chair at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oklahoma State University and The University of Idaho.  He is a Fellow and Past President of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology where he also served as Vice-President for Commissions for seven years.  Brockman was editor and co-author of the 2nd edition of USITT Tenure and Promotions Guidelines.  He received the Joel E. Rubin Founders award from USITT in 2006 and the Herb Greggs Merit Award for his 1999 article “Revisiting the Twin Cities Scenic Collection.”  Brockman also serves as a program reviewer for the national Association of Schools of Theatre.

A freelance designer, he has created scenery for numerous companies including Music Theatre Wichita, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee First Stage Children’s Theatre, University of Michigan, and Montana Repertory Theatre and currently is engaged in projects for Fulton Theatre Company and the Theatre League.   He co-Designed the United States national entry into the 1999 Prague Quadrennial International Design Exposition.  Professor Brockman holds MFA and MS Degrees from Illinois State University and a BFA in Theatre Design from Emporia State University.  Professor Brockman Steps down this year as director to return to the classroom and his design work.


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

CFA Student Services

Ryan Burton-Romero Director, Enrollment Management and Recruitment
Music Bldg, Room 111
Lindsay Clark Coordinator, Recruitment
Music Bldg, Room 111
Hannah Pynn Administrative Associate
Music Bldg, Room 111
Ms. Norma Ayon Assistant Director - Academic Advising
Music Bldg, Room 111A
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Karin Nolan Assistant Professor, Fine Arts | Assistant Professor, Music
Music Bldg, Room 124
Harvill Bldg, Room 126B
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