Ticket allocations set for May 11 graduation

Based on the current number of participants in the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 11, we have set the number of tickets each graduate will receive if the ceremony is forced indoors due to inclement weather.

The outdoor ceremony is 11 a.m. in Seth Grove Stadium and no tickets are needed for that ceremony. If inclement weather forces the ceremony indoors, we will have two programs in Heiges Field House. Members of John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony, and members of the College of Arts and Sciences will participate in the 3 p.m. ceremony. The decision to move indoors will be made by President Ruud as soon as feasible, but no later than 7 a.m. May 11.

Graduates in the 11 a.m. ceremony will receive seven tickets each. No extra tickets are available for this ceremony. Graduates in the 3 p.m. ceremony will receive six tickets each. Approximately 188 additional tickets are available for this ceremony and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis with a maximum of two additional tickets per graduate.

Tickets are available to pick-up at The University Bookstore beginning at noon May 1 until the close of business (6 p.m.)on Friday, May 10.At that time they will be taken to the CUB information desk area where they will be available at the will-call desk through graduation on Saturday, May 11. Store hours are Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday May 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The additional tickets for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be available beginning May 3 in the bookstore.

All tickets must be picked up by the graduate. To get your tickets, graduates must present their student identification and sign a form that acknowledges they received your tickets. Please remember that tickets do not guarantee a specific seat, just entrance to the arena. We ask that all guests be seated 30 minutes before the start of either ceremony.

We know that as exciting as the day is, it can also be stressful. To reduce possible stress, we ask that arrangements be made between and among family members for distribution of tickets prior to the start of the ceremony.


Alternate viewing sites will be available and no tickets are needed for entrance to these sites, including in the CUB. In addition, the ceremony will be broadcast off-campus via the Comcast cable system on Channel 21 in the Shippensburg area.

Also, this is a reminder graduates should make arrangements for seating for guests with special needs via e-mail to SUnews@ship.edu by Friday, May 3. Please include the guest’s name and the name of one person who will sit with him/her, if your guest will use a wheelchair, and your college. An interpreter (signer) will be at the ceremony. If the ceremony is indoors, individuals who are using handicap seating are REQUIRED to have a ticket, and those tickets are part of your allocation. The request MUST be made by the graduate from his or her ship.edu e-mail address.

Further information is available on the university’s website at http://www.ship.edu/graduation. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to sunews@ship.edu or call 477-1202.

Contact Information

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

Graduate students: For information, view Graduate Commencement or send e-mail to bjjohnson@ship.edu

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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