Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Q: Is the rehearsal mandatory?

No, it is not mandatory that you attend orientation/rehearsal. However, it is encouraged. You will receive important line up, seating, and timeline instructions.

Q: Where do I report to line up for the Commencement ceremony?

All graduates will meet in front of Bizzini Hall at their respective college's scheduled meeting time. See the 'Procession Assembly' section on the Student Information page for meeting times.

Q: Do I need tickets for my guests?

No, tickets are not required for guests.

Q: What time should my guests arrive?

Most guests arrive an hour before the ceremony.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony will last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Q: Who is the guest speaker for the Commencement Ceremony?

There will be a student speaker and a keynote speaker for each ceremony.

Q: Where can I leave my valuables during the ceremony?

Graduates are discouraged from bringing purses or other valuables with them to the ceremony. You will have to carry these items at all times. Another option would be to leave you valuables with your guests.