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Fall 2024 University Commencement

Instructions for families and friends attending University Commencement

Instructions for students attending University Commencement

We look forward to your attendance at the University Commencement Events. The event is scheduled for TBA at TBA at TBA.

When to arrive

  • Doors open at TBA, and the ceremony starts promptly at TBA.
  • Parking and seating are first-come, first-serve, so early arrival is encouraged, and you should strive to arrive no later than TBA.

Where to park

  • Park in the large lot across the street from TBA, accessible from either Avenida Cesar Chavez or University.
  • More parking information

What door to go in

  • Enter through the main entrance on the northeast corner of the building.
  • If you parked with a graduate in the west lot you cannot enter with them on the west side, and must continue around the building to the main entrance.

What to bring (and what not to bring)

  • Ushers will be enforcing the Athletics Program's clear bag policy, and only compliant bags can be brought in.
  • Comfortable shoes are encouraged, as the floor and stairs are hard concrete.

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited in The Pit:

  • Artificial noise-makers such as air horns
  • Signs, banners, and poles
  • Any bags that do not comply with the clear bag policy
  • Outside food and beverages other than one 32oz or smaller sealed water bottle
  • Glass containers or items
  • Smoking or any tobacco use, including vapes, snuff, and chewing tobacco
  • Thrown objects
  • Helium balloons
  • Weapons of any kind

What to expect at the ceremony

  • During the ceremony graduates will walk across the stage and have their names read.
  • Doctoral students will walk first, followed by Master's students, followed by undergraduates.
  • Students are not arranged in any specific order and will cross the stage in the order they happen to be seated, so please be alert if you want to see your graduate walk.
  • Please stay through the full ceremony, even after your graduate walks, out of respect for the accomplishments of the remaining graduates.

What time it ends

  • The ceremony is expected to end by TBA but may run longer or shorter.
  • Please expect your graduate to remain through the full ceremony and plan to remain in your seats as well as a show of respect for the accomplishments of all the graduates attending.
  • If you are making plans for after the ceremony, make sure to account for traffic leaving the event.
  • For your safety and the safety of event workers guests are not allowed on the arena floor at any time, even after the ceremony ends.


  • Please refrain from flash photography during the ceremony.
  • Guests are not allowed on the arena floor at any time.
  • Professional photographers will be at the event, and their photos will be available for purchase a few weeks after the ceremony. Guests are encouraged to stay in their seats and enjoy the show.

Accessibility and safety

  • ADA seating for guests is only available on the ground floor of the arena. There are no elevators to the bleachers or arena floor.
  • Signed Language interpreters are positioned on stage throughout the ceremony and video monitors throughout arena will display both interpreters and subtitles.
  • First Aid is located on the southeast corner of the Arena's concourse level.
  • EMS and Police are stationed at the northwest corner of the concourse.