Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the commencement ceremony last?

Approximately two hours.

Basic Ceremony Outline:
Singing of the National Anthem
Welcoming Remarks
Conferral of Honorary Degrees
Commencement Address
Awarding of Faculty Recognition Award
Graduate Remarks
Presentation of Candidates
Conferral of Degrees
Congratulatory Remarks
Administration of Hippocratic Oath

How many tickets are allowed for each graduate?

Each graduate is allotted six tickets.

Where do I obtain my guest tickets?

Invitations to and tickets for admission to the commencement ceremony are normally available and ready for distribution sometime in April. Students will be notified via email when these items are available for pick up.

  • Students may pick up tickets and invitations in the Student Affairs Office, AM016, from Lisa Francini.

Can a graduate request additional tickets?

Those asking for additional tickets are required to put in a request for the number of extra tickets when they pick up their allotted six tickets. Every attempt will be made to accommodate the request within reason. A reasonable request is four or less additional tickets. The additional tickets will be distributed after every graduating student has received his or her first six tickets and the remaining seating availability has been determined.

Do children need tickets?

Any child seated in a separate chair will need a ticket. Those who will be seated on the lap of an adult will not need a ticket for admission.

Are guests assigned seating?

No. Guests and family members of the graduating students should seat themselves on a first come, first served basis. All guests must remain seated throughout the ceremony. There is no standing allowed at the back of the auditorium or in the aisles at any time through the course of the ceremony.

What time can guests begin to take their seats?

The doors to the auditorium open at 12 p.m. Guests may begin seating themselves at that time.