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President Szymanski addressing graduates at commencement

Information for Families & Guests

Please refer to the information in these pages to guide you in preparing for this special occasion.


The doors to the Arena will open to guests an hour and a half before the ceremony.


Guest seating is first-come, first-serve. There are special seating areas for guests with mobility issues or in wheelchairs. An usher can direct your party to these areas. If you need special accommodation due to a visual or hearing disability, contact the Disability Resource Center. No guests are permitted in the students' seating area at any time. Guests will not be seated during the processional; late arrivals must wait until the procession ends. 


All guests must present a ticket for entry to the Arena. Children age two (2) years of age and under are not required to have a ticket, but should also be held in the lap of an attendee. Children age two (2) and under should not occupy a seat. If you bring an infant in a car seat/carrier, they will need a ticket because the carrier would take a seat. Children who are 3 years old and over, MUST have a ticket for entry into the Arena. Be advised that strollers brought into the Arena cannot be taken up into the seating area. 


Photographs are encouraged, but only from either your seat OR the two locations in the upper level of the Arena that are designated for photography. Please be mindful of those around you, and do not linger after taking your pictures. Do not stand along the walkway on the second level at any time. This is essential for safety reasons, and in order to assure that all graduate candidates can be seen by their families. 

Appropriate Conduct

Cell phones and pagers should be turned off. Please remain seated for the entire ceremony as a sign of respect for all graduating students. Hold all applause and refrain from loud celebrations until the conclusion of the ceremony, so that all families can hear their graduate's name announced.