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Commencement

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Items Not Allowed

Guest Seating

Guest Parking

Guests with Disabilities

Guests with Children

Photographs

Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony Information for Guests

To ensure that the ceremony starts on time, guests must be seated in Monarch Stadium by 8:30 a.m. Gates Open at 8:00 AM!

Also, guest are encouraged to wear sunscreen because it may get very warm during the ceremony. Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium. 

In addition, balloons are NOT permitted. There is also no smoking in Monarch Stadium.

Admission/Tickets

Tickets/invitations are not required. Please ask your guests to arrive early for seating is on a first-come basis. Gates to the stadum open at 8 a.m.

Items Not Allowed in the Stadium

The following items are not not allowed (no exceptions) in Monarch Stadium, where the commencement ceremony will be held:

  • Strollers are not allowed in the bleacher areas. Strollers must be left in the stroller parking area located on the westside of the stadium.
  • Balloons (all types)
  • Noise making devices
  • Umbrellas
  • Pets

Seating

Seating in Monarch Stadium is on a first-come basis. Please arrive early so that you find a place to sit before 8:30 a.m. In addition, there is limited disabled guest seating. 

Stollers are NOT allowed in the bleacher area.  All strollers must be left on the floor level in the designated stroller parking area. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Disabled Seating

There will be limited disabled guest seating. Only one (1) guest will be allowed to sit with the disabled person in the designated area.

Parking

Free parking is available in all student lots and parking structure on the day of commencement. Do not park in a "staff" marked parking stall, or you will be ticketed. View the campus map.

Please plan to arrive early so that you have enough time to be seating in Monarch Stadium by 8:30 a.m. The gates to the stadium open at 8 a.m.

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking is available in the Parking Structure on Ethel Avenue.

Guests with Disabilties

Disabled parking is available in the Parking Structure on Ethel Avenue.

There will be limited disabled guest seating. Only one (1) guest will be allowed to sit with the disabled person in the designated area.

Guests with Children

Children are allowed in the guest seating area in the bleachers when they are accompanied by a family member or friend. Children are not permitted to walk with the graduates.  

Strollers

Stollers are NOT allowed in the bleacher area. All strollers must be left on the floor level in the designated stroller parking area. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Photographs

During the ceremony, only graduates will be able to take photographs from the stadium field. Photos and videotaping by guests may be done in the stadium stands.

Grad Images Photography is the official event photographer. Each student will have an individual photograph. Visit the Information for Graduates Page for more information regarding commencement photos.

After the ceremony there will be two photo stations in the parking lot west of the stadium. This is an excellent time to take pictures with faculty, family, and friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please visit our Commencement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page.