Instructions for graduating students

Doors open for students at Saturday May 16, 2020 at 7:30 am. You must arrive by 8:00 am to allow time for check in and seating.

Please allow extra time as there will be a security check at each of the entrances of the facility, and security will wand all attendees.

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. Cultural or heritage regalia may be worn underneath the academic regalia, with the gown unzipped to display it.

Undergraduate Students

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.

Master's Students

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.


For more information about parking, visit the parking information page.

Special Accommodations

The nearest ADA accessible spaces to the student entrances are west of the arena. Cars with state-issued disability placards are allowed to park in any designated parking space.