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Class of 2024

May 16-18, 2024

We look forward to celebrating Commencement with the Class of 2024!

  • Main Ceremony (All degrees - Bachelor's, Masters, Doctoral, JD) — Friday, May 17 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Zable Stadium. Diplomas are NOT distributed at this university-wide ceremony.
  • Departments, programs, and graduate schools will have their own smaller ceremonies or receptions at various times on Friday and Saturday.
  • Diplomas will be mailed in the weeks following degree conferral to the mailing address on record, or the dedicated diploma mailing address provided. 


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Registration & Tickets

Class of 2024 graduates will have an opportunity to request tickets during the Commencement registration period (February 23 - March 22).  Graduating students will receive an email on Feb. 23 with the registration link. Each graduate may initially request up to 6 guest tickets for the ceremony in Zable Stadium. Graduates will also be able to indicate if they would like to request any additional tickets that may be available after registration has ended. We will notify requestors in mid-April if they will receive additional tickets.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Kaplan Arena. Due to limited seating capacity inside Kaplan, graduates will receive fewer guest tickets for the indoor location (exact number to be determined, after registration has closed). 

Tickets are electronic and will be emailed to graduates in mid-May. They may then forward the tickets to their guests to display on their phones, or they may print out their tickets to be scanned. If using a phone, they should have the tickets open and ready for scanning when they reach the entry gate. Each ticket scans only once, so electronic tickets may not be duplicated. 

Main Ceremony
  •  Friday, May 17 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Keynote speaker, student speaker, honorary degree recipients, awards, degree conferral
    • Degrees conferred in groups, by major
    • Students do not cross the stage at the main ceremony
    • Each graduate will be recognized individually at their departmental ceremony on Saturday, at which time they will have their name read aloud and receive their diploma
    • See ceremony instructions for additional information for grads
  • See the weekend schedule of events for details.
Graduation Event Traditions
  • Senior Class Dance: Wednesday, May 15 (9:00 p.m. - midnight)
  • Candlelight Ceremony: Thursday, May 16 (9:30 p.m.) - Wren Yard
  • Walk Across Campus (preceding each ceremony):
    • Friday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m.
  • See the weekend schedule of events for details.
Department and School Ceremonies and/or Receptions 

Each department will host their own smaller ceremony and/or reception throughout Commencement Weekend. Students will receive their diplomas and students and guests will have an opportunity to meet and connect with faculty. Some departments will send specific instructions to graduates about their plans. Recommended parking areas for these events will be available.


We will offer live audio and video streaming of the main Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17. The broadcast will be available for those who cannot attend.

Need information or have questions?
Commencement Schedule and General Information

Office of University Events
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