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Guests

Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony details are updated frequently. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check back before coming to campus.

 

Accessibility Seating

  • Accessibility seating and other reasonable accommodations will be available to guests in the MAC Center.
  • Guests in need of accommodations should arrive no less than 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and see an usher to be seated.  Seating in these reserved areas can not be guaranteed once the ceremony begins. 
  • A drop off pass for guests in need of ADA accommodations can be printed and displayed in the dash of your vehicle.  This permit will allow guests to be dropped off at the Lobby A entrance of the MAC Center in the R10 Parking Lot.  
  • Handicap parking is available.  For more details, view the ADA drop off map and Handicap parking areas.

Address 

Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center is located at 1025 Risman Dr., Kent, Ohio 44242

Alternate Viewing 

Guests who are unable to attend may view the commencement ceremonies live via webcast. Additionally, the Student Center Kiva will be open to guests without a ticket for live viewing on campus.  Please note, that this area is seated first come first served.

Watch Commencement

Ceremony Length  

The ceremonies will be approximately 90 minutes in length. 

Doors Open

The doors will open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start.  Doors will close at the start of the ceremony and will remain closed until the completion of the National Anthem.  

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.  
 

Inclement Weather (Spring Term)

We hope you are as excited as we are to honor our graduates' accomplishments at the One University Commencement on Saturday, May 12.

You may be thinking about the weather for this outdoor ceremony, so we would like to share important information should we experience inclement weather. The safety of our university community is always our foremost priority, and we have planned carefully to ensure the successful completion of this important event. 

Light Rain or Other Non-Severe Weather

In the case of light rain or other non-severe weather, the ceremony will continue in Dix Stadium, but may be shortened. 

Delay Instructions

Should a delay occur at Dix Stadium:

  • Instructions will be given to guests via public address announcements and video screen messages. 
  • Graduates and guests are asked to listen for announcements and remain seated until instructed otherwise. 
  • These security measures are in place to provide a safe environment for everyone, and your cooperation is appreciated. 

Severe Weather

In the rare instance where severe weather prohibits the continuation of the ceremony outdoors, we will proceed with the ceremony for graduating students only in the Kent State Field House.

Communications

This decision would be communicated by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event via the following communication methods:

 

Gifts for Graduates

 

Purchase Flowers

Parking & Shuttles

All parking lots are open on Commencement Day.  Traffic on campus will be heavy. Carpooling is highly encouraged. Shuttles will run to and from the MAC Center from the Schwartz Center Parking Lot.   

View the campus parking and ceremony venue map.

Safety Information

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 ceremony venue. Our priority is to do this as quickly as possible. Please allow plenty of time to get in the venue for the ceremony.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • 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
PLEASE NOTE

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.

Seating

Guest seating for Commencement is general admission.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Ticket Policy

All guests (including children 1 year and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony venue. Tickets will not be printed on site.