University Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 18, 2018
Grad Parade: 8:45 a.m.
Main Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Congratulations Graduating Ducks!
This day will mark an important milestone in your academic career. Your degree represents an incredible journey of academic dedication and scholastic accomplishment.
We are proud to welcome you with a day of celebration and activities to recognize all you have accomplished.
Grad Parade is one of our best traditions. Graduates and faculty will gather at the corner of 13th Avenue and University Street in front of Erb Memorial Union at 8:15 a.m. in regalia. This is where every graduate can shine as an individual as they parade down 13th Avenue to Matthew Knight Arena for the main event. We encourage graduates to have fun.
Guest seating is limited and all guests must have a ticket to enter. Matthew Knight Arena will open at 7:00 a.m. for guest seating and all ticketed guests should be seated by 9:00 a.m. Guests will be able to enter the building through the north and east entrances.
The following items are not permitted in the arena: glass or aluminum containers, helium balloons, weapons, fireworks, laser pointers, explosives, munitions, or alcohol.
Graduating students can now register for their seat at the University Commencement Ceremony and claim up to four guest tickets. When filling out the request form, there is an option to be added to a wait list in the event that additional tickets become available. (Wait list requests are not guaranteed.)
There will be a first-come, first-served overflow viewing area for guests without tickets in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, just west of Matthew Knight Arena. Guest tickets are NOT required for department ceremonies (with the exception of the School of Music and Dance ceremony) where graduates formally cross the stage and are presented with diploma covers. Please check with your department for additional participation details. We'll also have a link for out-of-town friends and family to watch the ceremony live online.
Download the App
All the information on this website—and more— is available in the Be a Duck app. Download it to access a full event schedule, an interactive campus map, important campus contacts, and more. Simply download the app and search for the “commencement” guide. Explore before the big day!