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Ceremony

Ceremony

Admission to the commencement ceremony is open. No type of admission ticket is required or available, and guest seating is first-come, first-serve. Reserving seats in guest seating areas is prohibited.

All guests attending the commencement ceremony are urged to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and are reminded that all bags brought into the coliseum are subject to search, and no bags larger than 10" x 10" are allowed inside.


Efforts are made to ensure the dignity of the ceremony. To ensure this dignity, students are asked to refrain from decorating or altering their academic regalia in any way, and guests are asked to refrain from using any type of noisemaker. Deans of the academic colleges and divisions call each graduate's name as he/she is recognized, and the names are called with only a moment's pause between names. Noise distractions after one name is called may prevent the next person's name from being heard, diminishing the esteem of the ceremony for that graduate and his/her guests. Therefore, guests are asked to recognize graduates with applause only. Since Commencement represents a major life achievement, the University expects appropriate decorum be observed at all times by all graduates and guests. Persons who create disturbances may be escorted from the ceremony.