Information for Family and Visitors
to Winter Undergraduate Commencement

Dec. 12, 2015

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Information about commencement will be available on Hotline (477‑1200) beginning Dec. 11, and will be updated as needed. Final information will be available by 7 a.m. Dec. 12. Hotline, the university’s website and the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are the official sources of information about commencement.

General Information

  • Tickets — No tickets are required to attend the ceremony. Visitors are asked to be seated no later than 10:30 a.m. This will help ensure a smooth start to the program. Seating is on bleachers without backs, though a limited number of chairs with backs are available on the floor behind the graduates.
  • Parking — Parking will be restricted to designated areas. University Police will direct family and guests to parking areas. Handicap parking will be available behind the field house.
  • Admission — Doors to the field house arena open at 9 a.m. for guests. Light refreshments will be available. The academic procession begins promptly at 11 a.m.; the ceremony should end by 1 p.m.
  • Guests with special needs — Graduating students should make arrangements for seating for guests with special needs by contacting the Office of University Communications and Marketing in writing by Dec. 4. Please include the guest's name and the name of one person who will sit with him/her. Please indicate the specific special need and if your guest will use a wheelchair. An interpreter (signer) will be at the ceremony. To contact the office, please send an e-mail to THIS REQUEST MUST COME FROM THE GRADUATE.
  • Alternate viewing sites — The ceremony will be broadcast off-campus via the Comcast cable system.
  • Restrooms — Restroom facilities are limited. The Ceddia Union Building will be open for restroom facilities.
  • University Store — Store hours Dec. 12 are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Photographs — Family and guests are not allowed to approach the stage to photograph graduates. A roster with each graduate’s name and address will be sent to Grad Images whose professional photographer will photograph each graduate as he or she receives congratulations from President Harpster. The firm will contact the graduates by mail concerning interest in purchasing photos. The firm’s website is
  • Graduate seating — Seating is in two columns. Column A, on the left facing the stage, will be Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services. Column B, on the right facing the stage, will be the College of Arts and Sciences.

For further information, please contact Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202, or by e-mail at


Contact Information

Undergraduate students: For information, call Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202 or send e-mail to

Graduate students: For information, view Graduate Commencement or send e-mail to

Web Coverage

Spring 2016 graduate commencement ceremony will be available online by clicking here.

Spring 2016 undergraduate commencement ceremony is available online by clicking here.

Live coverage of the ceremonies will be on the Comcast Community Access Channel 21 and Campus Cable Channel 82.1.

Commencement Video Order Form 

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