Thunderbird Graduation Events

Our next Thunderbird convocation takes place Friday, May 8. Join us for this convocation event and other graduation activities.

Graduates’ Reception

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Location: The Roy and Pam Herberger Administration Building, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Attire: Business
Guests: Open to all students, friends, family and Thunderbird Community, Tickets are not required.

Convocation Ceremony

Thunderbird Graduation - Graduate

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m)
Location: Thunderbird Events Center, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Programs graduating:
 Full-time MBA, Dual Degrees, Post MBA, Global MBA Online, MA, MS, Online Dual Degree with Indiana University
Speaker: Peter Bergen, journalist, documentary producer, think tank director, professor and New York Times bestselling author.
 Open to all students, friends, family and Thunderbird Community with a valid ticket. 

Global Gala

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Location: monOrchid, 214 E Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 
Food & Drinks:
Buffet Dinner 7pm-9pm, Open Bar 7pm-12am, Cash Bar 12am-2am
Transpotation: Continuous Busing from 6:00pm-2:00am


Early Bird


At the Door

Alcohol Ticket




Non-Alcohol Ticket




Come one, come all Friday, May 8th to see renowned mentalists, fierce fire jugglers, towering stilt walkers, captivating contortionists, and astonishing acrobats. We would love to have our Thunderbird faculty, staff, and administration join the graduation celebration. The venue will be alive and interactive with elaborate performers providing enchanting and whimsical entertainment at the beginning of the evening from 7pm-9pm. Grab dinner from the buffet and drinks from the open bar while watching performers and talking with friends and family. At 10pm the venue will be transformed into a dance floor with a rockin’ DJ and the party will continue until 2am.


Download official spring 2015 Convocation invitation.
Download Graduates’ Reception invitation
Download Convocation and Reception invitation


Thunderbird Convocation is a ticketed event. Please contact your graduate to request tickets. If you are a non-graduating student, please contact a graduating student to request tickets. If you are a guest requesting tickets, please contact the Institutional Events Office at +1 602 978-7330.


After February 24, graduating students, please confirm your plans to attend convocation and request your tickets at Choose “Please click here to register” to register using your Thunderbird-issued email address, then follow the instructions that are sent to you by email. Note: The deadline to register is April 24, 2015, 11:59 p.m. If you do not complete the survey by this date, your information will not be included in the ceremony and tickets will not be sent to your guests. Tickets are not available at the door.

Safety & security

To ensure everyone’s safety, Thunderbird’s security staff will be performing bag checks at each main entrance. All bags are subject to search. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Live viewing
Can’t make it to campus for convocation? Watch the ceremony live! (The link will activate 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony at 9:45 a.m. MST.)

Celebrate your graduate’s accomplishment with flowers. Floral arrangements are available for sale prior to the start of convocation ceremonies - or you can order a custom arrangement in advance from  

Future convocation information

Convocation date

Programs graduating



Spring 2015
May 8, 2015

Full-time MBA, Dual Degrees, Post MBA, Global MBA Online, Executive MBA (US and Europe), MA, MS

10:00 a.m.

Thunderbird Event Center

Summer 2015
Aug. 20, 2015

Full-time MBA, Dual Degrees, Post MBA, Global MBA Online, MA, MS

4:00 p.m.

Thunderbird Event Center

Fall 2015

Full-time MBA, Dual Degrees, Post MBA, Global MBA Online, MA, MS, Online Dual Degree with Indiana University and SABIC