Graduation Convocation

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

For more information on the UA Commencement, visit


Graduate Students

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • Crowder Hall

Undergraduate Students

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • Centennial Hall

**The Graduation RSVP system is now live on the CFA Console.  Applicable graduates were emailed their invitation on March 19. **

Our graduation convocations are ticketed events.  Students must RSVP and reserve guest tickets.  Tickets are limited. Ticket allotment is determined by the number of hall seats divided by the number of graduates.


Graduate Convocation Keynote Speaker
Janet Sturman

Janet Sturman is Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology in the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson. As a professor of music, she developed new programs of study in Ethnomusicology; directed the doctoral minor emphasis in Teaching Music in General Education; convened an international series of symposia on Latin American Music; established numerous new courses; directed a series of zarzuela productions, and founded Park Avenue Records, the School of Music’s student-run recording label. Most recently, she established and chairs the new Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Applied Intercultural Arts Research. Her own research focuses on musical practice in Latin America and the Southwestern United States and examines the relationship between music, politics, ethnicity and social class. She is the author of Zarzuela: Spanish Operetta, American Stage (U. Illinois Press, 2000), The Course of Mexican Music (Routledge, 2016) and is editor of the SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (2019). 

Undergraduate Convocation Keynote Speaker
Dr. Bobbi McKean

Dr. Bobbi McKean is an Associate Professor for the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona. She has taught courses in Popular Entertainment, Audience Development, Improvisation, and Career Development. For the first ten years, she was an associate professor in the theatre education and outreach program, teaching methods of educational drama, collaborative play development for theatre for young audiences, and outreach methods for teaching artists. For the College of Fine Arts, Dr. McKean directed the Arts Bridge America program and served as a faculty member on the Arts Education Committee, collaborating with arts educators across the College.

Dr. McKean is also the Faculty Director for the Bachelor of General Studies degree for the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science.

Her research focuses on the role of the teaching artist within arts education and the preparation of beginning teaching artists. Her book, A Teaching Artist at Work, was published by Heinemann in 2006. She is currently completing a manuscript tentatively titled Workshopping Shakespeare: Selections from Montana Shakespeare in the Schools. 

Before teaching at the University level, Bobbi was a professional actress and teaching artist. She was Director of Education at the Seattle Children’s Theatre for seven years and served as Artistic Director of the Seattle Peace Theatre, where she directed collaborations with young people and artists from Seattle, Washington; Moscow, Russia; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Zurich, Switzerland.


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
Ms. Norma Ayon Assistant Director - Academic Advising
Marshall Bldg, Room 220
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Karin Nolan Assistant Professor, Fine Arts | Assistant Professor, Music
Music Bldg, Room 159
Harvill Bldg, Room 126B
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