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SOMA Commencement

Required Pre-Commencement Orientation

Thursday, June 5, 2014
A.T. Still University - Arizona
7:45 a.m.
Schedule of Events


Friday, June 6, 2014
J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge, 9:00 a.m.
Additional Information

Pre-Commencement Activities/Celebrations

Innovators' Gala
June 5, 2014
J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge; 6:00 p.m.
Dress to impress; Black tie optional.

Hotel reservations at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge are available at a special rate of $189/night plus taxes when booked through SOMA's reservation site here.

The group rate is available until Monday, May 5, 2014 and subject to availability .

For additional information about the required SOMA pre-commencement activities please contact Jamie Wamble, Executive Assistant.

The following is a check-list to help ensure you will complete all requirements to participate in your ceremony:

1)Graduation RSVP
2) Gown and Tam/Tassel
3) Announcements
4) Guest Hooder (Optional)
5) Tickets
6) Photos
7) Diplomas

Graduation RSVP

All students of A.T. Still University are required to RSVP to their commencement ceremony. To ensure your name is printed in the official commencement program, you must submit your RSVP 30 days before the date of the ceremony.

RSVP Online Here

Gown and Tassel/Tam

Graduates are responsible for purchasing their own gown and tassel [Masters]/ tam [Doctorate] for their commencement ceremony.

Oak Hall is the preferred vendor for ATSU commencement regalia; to order navigate to Oak Hall’s online ordering system (available here). ATSU - Arizona does not have an on-campus bookstore or venue to purchase so please ensure you order from Oak Hall early to avoid additional shipping costs.

The Department of Student Affairs will purchase Master/Doctoral hoods for each graduate; these hoods will be provided during the Hooding Ceremony.

Ceremony Announcements
CB Announcements/ Balfour is the preferred vendor for ATSU commencement announcements. To order from CB Announcements/ Balfour, please complete the following steps:

  • Navigate to CB Announcements/ Balfour online (available here).
  • Select Your State: Arizona
  • Select Your School: A.T. Still University
  • Ceremony Month: June
  • Press Continue.

Guest Hooder (Optional)

Each graduate will be hooded by her/his Department Chair; if a Graduate has an individual she/he wants to hood them they may request that option.

Individuals meeting the following criteria may apply to be a guest hooder during the commencement ceremony:

  • Guest Hooder must hold a terminal degree [i.e.: DMD, DDS, DO, MD, Ph.D., Ed.D, Au.D., C.P.A., etc.) or equivalency of the degree being conferred.
  • All requests are subject to the final approval of the A.T. Still University President.

Note: members of the A.T. Still University faculty do not qualify as a guest hooder; those requests will need to be approved by your Dean's Office.

Complete the online form (accessible here) to submit your request. Note: you must access the form via your user name.

Commencement Ticket

Each graduate will be distributed 12 tickets for her/his ceremony. If this number is not sufficient for your needs we strongly encourage soliciting colleagues who will not be utilizing their allotment.

Commencement Photos

Grad Images is the official photographer of ATSU commencement celebrations; please navigate to their web site for ordering instructions (available here).

Please note graduates will not be in the system until after the ceremony when she/he has been photographed.


Diplomas will be ordered after all grades are received at the end of the academic semester/quarter. It will tax approximately 10 to 12 weeks after your ceremony to receive your diploma.

Your diploma will be dated June 6, 2014.

To ensure proper delivery of your diploma contact the Office of the Registrar (available here) to make necessary updates. The Office of the Registrar also offers more details on your diploma online (here).