FAQ

FAQ

How long is Commencement?

Each Commencement ceremony will last about 2 to 2 ½ hours, depending on the size of the college. Graduating candidates and their guests are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony.

When can graduating candidates confirm their Commencement participation and reserve tickets?

Candidates who graduated in fall 2016 or winter 2017 OR have approved graduation applications, and are on track to complete all their degree requirements by the end of spring 2017 or summer 2017, will be able to confirm their participation and reserve guest tickets at Grad Fair '17 on March 14 and 15 at the University Gymnasium from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (student I.D. required). After Grad Fair, starting April 3 at 8 a.m. (PST) through May 8 at 5 p.m. (PST) graduating candidates can reserve their guest tickets online.  After 5 p.m. on May 8, participation and guest tickets will no longer be guaranteed.

How many tickets can graduating candidates reserve?

Graduating candidates are confirmed to recieve 10 guest tickets starting April 3 at 8 a.m. (PST) through May 8 at 5 p.m. (PST) online. Maximum guest ticket allotment per candidate will depend on the size of their college ceremony. After 5 p.m. on May 8, guest tickets will no longer be guaranteed.

Is there a charge for tickets?

No, tickets are free of charge. The University does not support and authorize the sale of commencement tickets.

Do graduating candidates need tickets?

No, tickets are only required for guests. It is the graduating candidate’s responsibility to reserve and distribute tickets to their guests.

May guests reserve their own tickets?

No, only candidates who graduated in fall 2016 or winter 2017 OR have approved graduation applications, and are on track to complete all their degree requirements by the end of spring 2017 or summer 2017, may reserve guest tickets at Grad Fair or from April 3 at 8 a.m. (PST) through May 8 at 5 p.m. (PST) online.

Do children need tickets?

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket if they are sitting on the lap of an adult. 

What time should graduating candidates arrive?

Graduating candidates should plan to arrive at the check-in station (on the north side of the University Stadium) at least 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Graduating candidates must bring a valid photo ID (University or government issued) for verification.

What time should guests arrive?

Guests may arrive as early as 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Gates will close five minutes before the ceremony and will reopen after the national anthem. 

Is re-entry permitted during the ceremony?

Once guest tickets have been scanned, there are no in-and-out privileges until 30 minutes after the ceremony has started.

What is prohibited inside the stadium?

The prohibited items are listed below: 

- Pets (except service animals)
- Alcohol and drugs
- Air horns and megaphones
- Weapons
- Strollers
- Balloons
- Umbrellas

- Drones
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 Lawn chairs
Ice chests
Glass containers

Please be mindful that large signs or flags can block or disturb the enjoyment of others. While backpacks, bags and large purses are allowed, they may be subject to inspection.