Doors open for students for the Fall 2017 Commencement on Friday December 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm. You must arrive by 5:00 pm to allow time for check in and seating.
What to expect the day of the ceremony
You will enter the arena and check in with event staff roughly an hour before the ceremony begins. You will be given a card with your name and degree information on it. As you are about to walk across the stage, will hand this card to the reader. After you walk across the stage you will sit back down until the ceremony concludes. The entire ceremony will last approximately three hours.
Students must be dressed in academic regalia to walk at the commencement ceremony. Regalia can be purchased at the bookstore.
You will wait in the bleachers on the west side of the arena, and be led down the stairs to the pit floor at the beginning of the ceremony.
PHD and MFA students
You will wait at the south end of the building, with faculty and platform members. Before walking to the floor you will be placed in line behind your hooder, and students and hooders will walk down to the floor and sit together.
You will wait upstairs on the club level of the arena. At the start of the ceremony you will line up and be led downstairs to the arena floor.
Undergraduate students enter the arena along the west side of the building. The closest parking is the north end of the west parking lot.
Master's students enter the arena at the northwest corner. The closest parking is the north end of the west parking lot.
PHD and MFA Students
PHD and MFA students enter the arena at the south end, through one of two possible doors. The closest parking is the south end of the west lot, and the south end of the football stadium lot across the street.
The nearest handicap spaces to the student entrances are west of the arena. Cars with handicap placards are allowed to park in any designated parking space.