Frequently Asked Questions

When should graduates arrive for the commencement ceremony?

All graduates must report to the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts' lower level, at 12 p.m. for check-in and lineup. The location, Harriet Jorgensen Theater Lobby, can be accessed by the stairs in the main lobby.

When should guests arrive for the commencement ceremony?

Guests may enter the Jorgensen Center at 12 p.m. Security will not allow guests in the building prior to doors opening at 12 p.m.

Restrooms and food and beverage vendors are available for guests prior to the ceremony on the first floor of the Student Union.

Is there a place to store personal items?

No. Secure storage space for personal items is extremely limited, please plan accordingly.

How long does the commencement ceremony last?

Approximately two hours. Graduates and guests must vacate the Jorgensen area prior to 4 p.m.

Basic Ceremony Outline:
Processional
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
Recessional

How many tickets are allowed for each graduate?

Each graduate will be given five tickets to the ceremony.

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.

Can a graduate request additional tickets?

Due to Covid restrictions and capacity issues each graduate will be allowed five guest tickets. The ceremony will be live-streamed and broadcast for those family members and friends who are unable to attend in person.

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.