Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates standing in a line
General Ceremony Information:

Wildcat Stadium presents some logistical challenges in that there is no back up option for inclement weather. Additionally, students have expressed the desire for individual recognition at the ceremony. Due to the large size of a single Commencement ceremony, there would not be enough time to offer that recognition to all students. Transitioning to a college-based Commencement model, allows the ceremony to fit inside the Whittemore Center and the time needed to recognize each student.

Yes! All ceremonies will be livestreamed.

There will not be a separate Honors Convocation ceremony. Students eligible for Honors recognition at Commencement will have their Honors designation read with their name as they cross the stage. Students will be able to pick up their cords and stoles when they line up for the ceremony.

Graduate Information:

Yes, registration is required for all graduates planning to walk in the ceremony. Registration will open in November.

Yes! All students will be able to walk across the commencement stage and have their name read. Students who receive academic honors will also have their honors designation read along with their name.

All graduate students (Masters, PhD, or Doctoral candidates) should plan to walk in the Graduate School ceremony on Friday evening.

While students are eligible to attend both ceremonies in this case, we do recommend choosing one ceremony. There will be many aspects of each ceremony that will be identical.

We work with an outside vendor to provide students with their caps and gowns. Online ordering will be available in the next couple of months. Students will have the opportunity to choose to pick up their cap and gown on campus at one of several pick up opportunities or to have it shipped to them for an additional fee. Additional information can be found here.

Students should plan to arrive 1 hour prior to the start of their ceremony. Line up will take place in the Hamel Recreation Center.

Graduates will be seated alphabetically during the ceremony.

Diplomas are mailed to the graduate 6-8 weeks after the ceremony. Diplomas are not handed out during the ceremony.

Yes, we work with a photography company who will take each student's photo as they cross the stage. These photos will be emailed to each student for purchase a few weeks after the ceremony.

Guest Information:

At this time, tickets will not be required for guests and there will be no limit to the number of guests each student can invite to the ceremony. We are monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic and may need to make adjustments to these plans as we get closer to the ceremony.

Doors will open 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Parking will be available in A-Lot (E:12). Guests who require ADA parking will be able to register for a parking pass in the early spring.

We anticipate that the ceremonies will be approximately 1. 5 hours. We would encourage guests to plan for time to return to their vehicles and navigate the traffic in determining a time for post-event reservations.