Commencement is held in the Convocation Center on the main campus or in the Freeman Coliseum. Admission to either ceremony location is strictly controlled by ticket admission. Because of fire code restrictions, we are limited in the number of people who may be in the facilities at one time.
Of primary importance to most students is the number of tickets they will receive to distribute to family and friends who may want to attend the Commencement ceremonies. The number tickets allocated is solely dependent upon the number of candidates graduating for any given conferral period. The larger the graduating class, the fewer tickets distributed. Therefore it is critical that you accurately project when you plan to graduate and that you return forms sent to you to confirm your intentions about graduation. It is also very important that you apply to graduate by the posted deadlines.
Once we allocate tickets, we ask students who do not need all tickets allocated to return their unneeded tickets to the Registrar's Office so that we may distribute them to students who do need extra tickets. It is our intent that all students receive the maximum number of tickets needed so we work dilingently to meet every student's need.
We will distribute Commencement tickets to students at the Graduation Finale.
We encourage students to apply to graduate by the posted deadline to ensure that they receive the maximum number of tickets. Students who apply to graduate by the posted deadline receive the full allotment of tickets. Students who apply after the deadline are charged a fee of $150 and go on a waiting list for available tickets. We try to accommodate all students as much as possible.
Please Note: The extra tickets that we may have available are minimal at best, possibly one to three tickets, and we will make every attempt to assist you with your need for additional tickets. However, please realize that because of fire code regulations we must closely monitor and restrict attendance based upon available seating.