Frequently Asked Questions
Guests of graduates can complete the online form to request ADA seating. Please note this accommodation is a reservation under the graduate's name. This will not alter the number of tickets allocated to the graduate. All guests must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall. University Ceremonies will reserve two seats for each special accommodation request and provide an UPDATED MAP OF ADA drop off location and campus construction as well as a drop off parking permit.
Seating is also available in the Loge for guests with small children. Toys are provided and the children are free to move about the space.
The physical and GPS address for the Kent Memorial Athletic and Convocation (M.A.C.) Center is: 1025 Risman Drive, Kent, OH 44242. View the campus map for directions and view an UPDATED map of the current Summit Street construction detour and recommended parking areas.
Alternate Viewing Locations
The KIVA and Kent Student Center Ballroom. Doors open 1 hour prior to ceremony start time. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Additionally, guests can view a live stream of the ceremony online.
The doors will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the event. Doors will close at the start of the ceremony and will remain closed until the completion of the National Anthem.
An elevator is located in the main lobby. It services the second floor and the Blue and Gold Loge.
Emergencies and Evacuation Procedures
In the event of a medical emergency or evacuation, please see a member of the event staff, usher or law enforcement official.
Gifts for Graduates
All parking lots are open on Commencement Day. A shuttle will run from the Schwartz Center parking lot to the MAC Center.
Parking, Venue and Shuttle map
For your safety and the safety of others, guests and their possessions are subject to inspection as a condition of admittance. The university reserves the final decision on all items brought into the venue. Hall Security will carry out security checks at the entrance of the MAC Center. Our priority is to do this as quickly as possible. Please allow plenty of time to get in the venue for the ceremony. Venue doors open 90 minutes before the ceremony processional.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED:
- Animals (other than those used as a service animal)
- Baby Strollers
- Bags (larger than 14" x 14")
- Laser pointers
- Whistles or Noisemakers
- Weapons of any kind
The use of a laser-pointing device of any kind or anything that can produce a focused beam of light found on any person in the venue will result in criminal charges and ejection from the ceremony. Similarly, it is the sole responsibility of security personnel to ensure that should any of these items be found inside the performance area they be promptly confiscated.
Guest seating for Commencement is general admission.
Smoking is prohibited inside the MAC Center. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
All guests (including children 1 years and older) must have a ticket to enter the MAC Center. Tickets will not be printed on site.