What is the University Commencement Ceremony?
The University Commencement Ceremony is the main celebration of the Class of 2017 in Matthew Knight Arena. The ceremony gets kicked off by the Grad Parade down 13th Avenue and features student and keynote speakers.
Are all grads guaranteed a seat?
If you're graduating, we want you to have a seat at the University Commencement Ceremony in Matthew Knight Arena. You must register so we know you're coming and how many remaining tickets we can distribute to guests.
Are guest tickets free?
Yes, but limited. Tickets for guests and grads for the University Commencement Ceremony don't cost a thing. Register by May 10 to reserve free seats for your friends and family.
Are department ceremonies open to all?
Tickets are only required for the University Commencement Ceremony. The department ceremonies, when graduates cross the stage and receive their diploma covers, do not require tickets and there is no limit to the number of invited guests.
Is overflow seating available?
There will be a first-come, first-served overflow viewing area for guests without tickets in the Matthew Knight Arena practice courts, located on the southeast side of the arena near the east doors (access from Villard Street). We'll also have a link for out-of-town friends and family to watch the ceremony live online.
Will more tickets be released?
As of May 22, all guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony have been claimed. If you are a graduating student and would still like to participate in the ceremony, please email us.