College-Wide Commencement Ceremony

How this works:
  • Graduating students must RSVP to participate in the college-wide Commencement ceremony (Kaplan Arena).  
  • Guest tickets will only be available to degree candidates who RSVP to walk in the the ceremony. 
  • Degree candidates who have filed their Notice of Candidacy (pdf) with the registrar’s office will receive an email to RSVP for the college-wide ceremony. Filing your Notice of Candidacy does not automatically include you in the college-wide ceremony.
  • Failure to register by the deadline means you will not be eligible to request guest tickets for the college-wide ceremony, although you will continue to receive Commencement informational emails.
  • Students who miss the deadline to RSVP and want to participate will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily receive the full allotment of tickets. 
Ticket Allotment

As our classes grow, the capacity of the arena is impacted.  Capacity guidelines are set by the Fire Marshal and we are required to follow them.   We require that graduating students who wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony RSVP to reserve their space.  This helps us ensure the safety of our graduates and guests and also assists us in determinating the number of guest tickets that will be available.  Students who find they have extra tickets may certainly give them to others. However, the buying or selling of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited by the College.

Unable to Get Tickets?

The main ceremony in Kaplan Arena is one of the few Commencement events that requires tickets. We encourage guests without tickets who wish to view the main ceremony to go to one of the live video streaming locations on campus.

Most other other activities on Commencement Weekend — including the Baccalaureate Service, the Alumni Induction Ceremony, the Candlelight Ceremony, and most departmental diploma presentation programs and receptions — are open to any number of guests. 

Diploma Presentation Ceremonies

Some academic departments may limit the number of guests who can attend, particularly in the event of rain. Degree candidates are encouraged to ask their major department about any restrictions that would affect guests attending the diploma presentation ceremonies.

Tickets for Wheelchair Seating and Limited Mobility Guests

To request wheelchair seating, limited mobility seating, and/or a vehicle access pass to drop-off guests with disabilities, you will need to complete the Disability Accommodations Form (available in March) in addition to the Commencement registration form. Please note that wheelchair and limited-mobility seating tickets are part of your allotment of tickets.  For guests sitting in these sections you may request that one person sit with them for assistance - however, that ticket is also part of your allotment.

Tickets for Young Children

Children ages two and under are allowed to sit on someone's lap and do not need a ticket. Children over two will need a ticket and should sit in a seat.