Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement
Does it cost anything for me to participate in the commencement ceremonies?
The University does not charge students to participate in commencement.
What do I need to do to be able to participate in the ceremony?
All Fall 2014 and Spring/Summer 2015 graduates need to fill out the Participation form on the Commencement website, this does not take the place of applying to graduate, you must still do that through the Registrar's Office. You need to arrive at the Clarke Field House 1 hour prior to the start of your ceremony carrying your black cap and gown.
Who is Eligible for Honors?
Only undergraduate students are eligible for honors. Students receiving their Masters, Credential, or Additional Bachelors are not eligible.
Do I need tickets and parking passes for my guests?
No, all parking is complimentary at commencement. Typically, guests at ceremonies include immediate family (10 or fewer).There are no tickets issued for this event. Seating is on a first come first serve basis.
Can I sit with my friends at Commencement?
All students are required to sit with their major, so yes; you can sit with your friends within your major.
Do you sell DVD copies of the ceremony?
No, but we can provide a link to the entire ceremony on YouTube two weeks after the ceremonies. You may be able to download the ceremonies onto a DVD from that website.
If I am not attending Commencement will my name still appear in the program?
Yes, the names of all graduates who have applied to graduate by April 1st for Fall 2014, Spring/Summer 2015 will be listed even if they choose not to participate in the ceremony.
Can my guests take pictures at commencement?
Yes, they are able to take pictures from the guest seating area only and the aisles must remain clear at all times.
I still have two classes to take in Fall 2015, can I still walk in the May 2015 commencement ceremonies?
No, you will have to participate in the May 2016 commencement ceremonies.
If I am a double major and my majors are in 2 colleges, which ceremony do I walk in?
You will walk with your primary major, whichever college that falls in.
Do you have wheelchairs available for guests?
No, we are not able to provide wheelchairs for guests. All guests requiring wheelchair assistance will need to bring their own.
What do I do if I arrive late to the ceremony?
If you are late to the ceremony, please check-in with a volunteer in a blue shirt at the Clarke Field House. You will have to sit in the back of the last row of graduates, which means your name will not be called with your major but with the major of those students in the last row.
If I am unable to participate in my college’s ceremony, can I participate in another one?
No, graduates must participate in the ceremony of their college. See page 3 of this guide for ceremony information.
When and where do I pick up my Special Accommodations Parking Pass?Graduates who reserve a special accommodations parking pass on the Participation form will be contacted in May by the commencement office via email with pick-up information.