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Graduating students can learn more about the commencement rehearsal and ceremony here.

General Notes 
  • Admission to the commencement ceremony is by ticket only. Each graduate will be issued up to eight tickets for guests who wish to attend the commencement ceremony. Students may collect their regalia and tickets during GradFest. If students are unable to attend GradFest, they may collect their regalia and tickets from the University Bookstore during regular business hours any time before the day of rehearsal. Following the initial regalia and ticket distribution at GradFest, any remaining tickets will be available to graduates with a limit of two tickets per person in the Office of University Services.
    • 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. 
    • Reserving seats in guest seating areas is prohibited.

  • 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.

  • A professional announcer calls 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.