Frequently Asked Questions
When will graduates receive specific information regarding commencement?
Degree candidates will be sent information from the Office of the Provost by the end of January (by email). This includes information for obtaining your cap and gown, ceremony and lunch tickets, etc. The Registrar's office will also be sending information via email. All commencement information will be posted on this website and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Will my parents also receive information?
You can direct your parents and guests to the commencement website for information about commencement day. A mailing from the Office of the Provost will be sent to parents with the commencement website information. All commencement information for parents and graduates is on the website.
Do small children need a ticket to the commencement ceremony?
Infants to 2-year-old children do not need a ticket, as long as the child is not occupying a seat.
Will a state issued disability hang tag be honored to allow parking on campus and in designated disabled parking areas?
Yes. State issued permits authorizing use of accessible spaces for people with disabilities are honored on campus. Please make sure it is displayed properly. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.
How early should guests arrive at the field house for the commencement ceremony?
The doors to the field house will open at 1:00 p.m. for the ceremony. Graduates will begin to assemble at their specified locations at 1:15 p.m. The academic procession of the graduates, faculty and platform party will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.
How long is the commencement ceremony?
Once the academic procession is complete and the ceremony begins, it will last approximately two hours.
Can I arrange for special needs or disabled seating for a family member at the commencement ceremony?
Each graduate attending the ceremony has an opportunity to inform the college of guests who will be attending for whom special services are needed. Please contact the Office of the Provost. This information will be of assistance to commencement planners so that adequate disability seating is provided in the church. As a graduate, if you have special needs concerning the academic procession or commencement ceremony, please bring this need to the attention of staff in the Office of the Provost.
Can I be seated with my friends at the commencement ceremony?
Graduates are seated in alphabetical order. Those graduating with academic honors are seated separately. You will be given the seating chart in advance of the rehearsal day. You will be given the seating chart before the day of rehearsal.