Frequently Asked Questions
ADA seating is available. Graduates can request ADA seating for guests when ordering their Commencement tickets online. University Ceremonies will reserve two seats for each special accommodation request (one for the guest, one for someone to accompany them). Special accommodations seating is limited therefore we are NOT able to seat entire families in this space. All guests must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall.
Please Note: Wheelchairs are not provided for guests.
Alternate Viewing Locations
Seating will also be available in the lobby for guests with small children. Guests will be able to view a live stream of the ceremony online.
Graduates will receive a ceremonial diploma cover on stage. Following the ceremony, graduates will exchange all regalia for their official diploma.
The doors will open approximately 60 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. For assistance please see a member of the event staff.
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.
Commencement is a dignified event, fitting for the accomplishment you or your loved-one has achieved. Please show respect for everyone who has come to share in the experience. We ask that all noise-making devices (including cell phones and pagers) be turned off and that, when possible, guests remain seated during the ceremony, keeping chatter to a minimal level.
Length of Ceremony
Though the time varies depending on the length of speeches, it is safe to anticipate an hour and a half.
Picture and/or Videotape
Cameras which are hand-held, battery powered and operable from the guest's seat are permitted. Guests may not stand in the aisles or in any other location within the auditorium for photo opportunities. Guests who cause a hazard, nuisance, or obstruck the view of others may be asked to desist or ejected by security.
Animals (other than those used as a service animal), Baby Strollers, Bags (larger than 14’x14), Laser Pointers, Noisemakers or Blow horns and Weapons of any kind.
Smoking is prohibited inside Cartwright Hall. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
Tam and Gown
Both the tam and gown are rented. Graduates will have time to take pictures with friends and family in the regalia, but they will need to return their tam and gown after the ceremony to receive their official diploma.
Special hooders need to return their regalia following the ceremony, as well.
All guests (including children 1 year and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall. Tickets will not be printed on site. Each ticket is unique and cannot be scanned twice.
Please Note: Cartwright Hall does not have changing tables.
For additional graduation information or questions, please contact Lorie Evans email@example.com.