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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 at all Commencement venues. Guests in need of accommodations should arrive 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 near the venue entrance.  
  • Handicap parking is available at all ceremony venues. Please see the venue maps listed under Parking and Shuttles below. 

 

Address 
  • Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center located at 1025 Risman Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242

 

Alternate Viewing

Guests who are unable to attend may view the commencement ceremonies live via webcast.

 
Ceremony Length  

The ceremonies are approximately 90 minutes in length. 

Doors Open

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.  

 
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 University Commencement)

University Commencement is scheduled to take place in Dix Stadium, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony may be shortened, suspended, or concluded.

If a schedule adjustment is required due to severe weather, 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.

Given the size of University Commencement, it is not logistically feasible to move the ceremony to an indoor location. College Ceremonies on the Kent and Regional Campuses will go on as planned.

In the case of light rain or other non-severe weather, the ceremony will continue in Dix Stadium, and the following conditions may apply:

  • The ceremony may be shortened
  • The ceremony will still maintain essential elements such as the conferring of undergraduate degrees
 
Gifts for Graduates
Flowers

 
Parking & Shuttles

All parking lots are open on Commencement Day.  Traffic on campus will be heavy. Shuttles will run throughout the day to and from the Schwartz Parking lots and the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). 

 

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. 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

***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 years and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony venue. Tickets will not be printed on site.