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Frequently Asked Questions


Accessibility Seating

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 a map of the drop off location 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 a map of the current Summit Street construction detour.

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

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.  


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

    Prohibited Items

    The following items are not permitted:

    • 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

    Guest seating for Commencement is general admission.

    Smoking Policy

    Smoking is prohibited inside the MAC Center.   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 MAC Center. Tickets will not be printed on site.