Important Commencement Day Instructions for Graduating Students

Commencement is almost here! Here are some final important instructions that you should follow in order to make your Commencement day run smoothly.


Graduating students do not need a ticket for Commencement. However, all guests (two years of age or older) will need a ticket to enter the arena.

Students have the option to digitally share or print their tickets for guests, but please remember that tickets can be scanned only once. (For example, if a student shares one ticket with multiple guests, only the first person to use the ticket will be admitted.)

Student Check In

Upon arrival, graduating students should report to the parking garage just east of Credit Union 1 Arena for check in. All graduating students must arrive dressed in their regalia as outlined below:

College Ceremony One (Design, Architecture, Computing)

  • Student check in will begin at 7 a.m. All students must arrive no later than 8 a.m.; line up will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m.

College Ceremony Two (Armour, Lewis, Stuart)

  • Student check in will begin at noon. All students must arrive no later than 1 p.m.; line up will begin promptly at 1:15 p.m.

Please bring your HawkCard to check in to receive your name card lanyard. Be sure to hold on to your name card lanyard at all times, as you will give that card to the name reader as you cross the stage.

There will be no bathroom or chairs available at student check in. You will be processing down a steep ramp to enter the building, so comfortable shoes are recommended.

Dress Code

All graduating students are required to wear a cap, gown, and tassel in order to participate in Commencement. You must bring your regalia with you to the ceremony; there will not be any regalia available on the day of the event. For more information about dress code, please visit the following link.


GradImages® is the official photographer for the May 11 Commencement. Photos will be available to view and order by visiting its website at (enter last name, university name, and select event year from the dropdown menu). For additional help, call the Customer Service Department at 800.261.2576 or email


Please visit the following website for the most up to date parking details.

As always, please check the Commencement site for any additional information. We look forward to celebrating with you!