University Commencement Ceremony Tickets


Due to limited capacity, graduates will need to register to reserve a seat at the University Commencement Ceremony and tickets will be required for guests. Guest tickets are FREE but are limited. Registration will begin April 10; the link to register will be posted on this page. Graduates who register before May 10 will receive two guest tickets; after May 10, any available guest tickets will be distributed equally between already-registered graduates and new registrations.

The ceremony will also be livestreamed online and there will be overflow spaces to view the ceremony on campus. Guest tickets are NOT required for department ceremonies where graduates formally cross the stage and are presented with diploma covers.

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Common Questions


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?

Yes! Got a big entourage? We'll be hosting a gathering on campus for guests without tickets to the University Commencement Ceremony to view the livestream. We'll also have a link for out-of-town friends and family to watch the ceremony live online.

Will more tickets be released after May 10?

Depending on how many tickets are claimed during the initial release, we may be able to distribute more after May 10. If you know you want more than two guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony, register before the deadline. You'll be guaranteed two when you first register, and you'll be on the distribution list for any remaining tickets.