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Family & Friends

As much as the graduate needs to prepare for the commencement ceremony, so do family and friends planning to attend. Follow the guidelines below to ensure a smooth commencement day. Doors open one-hour prior to the start of ceremonies.

NOTE: All guests (including children 1 years and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall and be seated 25 minutes prior to ceremony start time in order to view the processional.  

Students who did not complete the online Commencement RSVP Form will not receive tickets for their guests. Guests will be directed to one of the live viewing areas on campus (Kent Student Center Kiva and Ballroom). Family and friends will be able to view the ceremony online.

For additional questions, contact the Commencement Office by e-mail at or by phone at 330-672-2235.