Commencement 2022
Commencement 2023

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 19, 2023 @ 11:00 am ET


The RUSM Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 11:00 am ET at the Watsco Center (located on the University of Miami campus), 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

Join Us LIVE!

The ceremony will be livestreamed for friends and family who are unable to attend in person on Ross Med's Facebook or YouTube accounts @RossMedSchool

Congratulations Graduates! 

We are so proud of our graduates and look forward to celebrating this momentous achievement. Details will soon follow via email with important information you’ll need ahead of time. But for now, mark your calendar, alert friends and family, begin making travel plans, and follow the Facebook RUSM Commencement Ceremony event group. You’ve come a long way, and you should be proud of what you are about to accomplish!

Social Media & Digital Downloads!

Be sure to use the hashtag #RUSMGrad on your social media celebrations. Check out the digital downloads below including Instagram Story Slides, Zoom backgrounds, and Yard Signs.

Social Media Stickers – Use keyword “rusmgrad” in the sticker search bar to view and use stickers on social media posts and stories. 


General Commencement FAQs

Where will the Ceremony be Located?

RUSM is excited to celebrate our graduates in person on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 11 a.m. ET at the Watsco Center (located on the University of Miami campus), 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

Will guests be allowed at commencement?

 Yes! Friends and family are welcome at the ceremony. At the time at which we share registration, there is no limit on the number of guests, however you will be asked to provide a number of guests, for security and planning purposes.

Please note that the event will also be livestreamed on the RUSM Facebook and YouTube pages in real-time so family and friends can watch from anywhere across the world if they are unable to attend in person.

Will You Also Offer a Virtual Option for Graduates?

No, there will not be a virtual component for the 2023 ceremony. RUSM is excited that we will be able to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments together in person.

Do I need to participate in a ceremony to graduate?

No. If students choose not to take part in the ceremony and their university academic requirements are met, graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail.

How do I get my honor cords, Empower Scholarship cords and 4.0 medallions?

RUSM will provide honor cords, Empower Scholarship cords, and 4.0 medallions to qualified honor graduates at check-in on the day of the ceremony. Honors statuses are determined by the Honors policy in which a student matriculated into RUSM. Eligible Honors designees will be recognized during the ceremony and will be identified with honor cords. Honors recognition is reflected on the graduate’s transcript and diploma. Due to the timing of receipt of clinical evaluations and completing of a final degree audit, you may not be recognized at the ceremony.

How will I receive my diploma?

If your university academic requirements are met, you will receive your diploma in the mail. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address from their graduation application, which can be viewed and updated in the My Ross Med Student Portal.

What if I have a question about graduation announcements?

Please email hjcollegefl@aol.com and a Herff Jones representative will respond directly.

Is there a limit to the number of guests I can bring?

There is currently not a limit to the number of guests a graduate can bring to commencement. However, the events team asks each graduate kindly provides the most accurate headcount possible for guests when you register to participate in the in-person ceremony. This will allow the events team to plan accordingly for capacity and security purposes.  

How do I order a diploma frame with an international shipping address?

If a student has an international shipping/billing address, and they want to order the diploma frame, they will need to order the cap and gown by itself and then go to framingsuccess.com to order the diploma frame.

Day-of Commencement Ceremony FAQs

Are face coverings/masks required for students, staff, and guests at the ceremony?

At this time face coverings/masks are not required for students, staff, and guests.

What if my guest requires wheelchair or similar accessibility access?

For guests requiring wheelchair or similar accessibility access for entering – Please locate the sign with the symbol of accessibility on it and the attending staff will be able to assist.

Will there be a program?

Physical programs will be available at the ceremony. However, in the spirit of One Health and being environmentally conscious, we ask that programs are limited to 2-3 per family/friends. There will be a QR code available to pull up a digital program the day of the ceremony on a mobile device.

Why doesn’t my name appear in the commencement program?

The entire list of eligible graduates will be added to the commencement program, and we do our best to ensure that the lists are correct. Should you notice a discrepancy, our team can send a revised digital copy post-ceremony if you email events@rossu.edu. Please note that if there is an error, your name will still be announced in person.

Can my relative hood me during the commencement ceremony?

If you have a relative who is an RUSM alum, they may hood you during the Commencement Ceremony. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please email events@rossu.edu for instructions.

Only alumni will be permitted to hood graduates during the Commencement Ceremony, no exceptions.

Will the ceremony be photographed and/or videoed?

Yes! By entering the 2023 Commencement event for Ross University School of Medicine, you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

Your entry and presence on the event premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of any and all recorded media of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity in connection with Ross University School of Medicine and its initiatives, including, by way of example only, use on websites, in social media, news and advertising.

By entering the event premises, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of recorded media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the event premises.

What time should graduates arrive for check-in for the 2023 ceremony?

Graduates should begin to arrive for check-in and line-up two hours prior to the start of the ceremony. For Ross Med, that will be 9:00AM ET

When will guests of the graduates be permitted to enter the Watsco Center for the ceremo

Guests of the graduates will be permitted to enter the Watsco Center an hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony. This is a half hour after graduates begin checking-in, so please plan accordingly.

Prior to your Ceremony FAQs

Do I need to register to participate in commencement?

Yes. It is required to register to participate in RUSM’s in-person commencement ceremony. A link will be made available to you via email. The email sender with be NameCoach (no-reply@name-coach.com), NOT Ross University School of Medicine. Be sure to check your SPAM folder!

Please note that registration for commencement will close at midnight eastern standard time on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Can I purchase a cap and gown?

After April 17, 2023 all online orders have been closed. In order to purchase a cap and gown, please reach out to Debbie McInerney at hjcollegefl@aol.com for further information about ordering your regalia, and arrange for pickup at the ceremony. The charge for regalia will be $108 USD – only credit and debit will be accepted (no American Express). Please plan to arrive when doors open should you need to collect your regalia onsite.

Are there any hotel recommendations for Graduates?

We have discounted rates at various Miami hotels, you may click HERE. We also recommend the Hyatt Regency Miami due to its proximity to the airport, Miami Beach and Downtown Miami, click HERE.

Is there a dress code and are graduates required to wear regalia?

There is not a specific dress code for graduates. However, all graduates are REQUIRED to wear the designated academic regalia to participate in the ceremony — a doctoral tam, gown, hood and tassel.