For Our Guests: Graduate Ceremony


Guest Admit Tickets Required

Guests attending the Graduate School Commencement Exercises are required to have Guest Admit Tickets. Each graduate student who is certified for graduation will be given six (6) Guest Admit Tickets to distribute to their guests. Those Guest Admit Tickets will be issued at the end of Rehearsal on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.   Guest must present those Guest Admit Tickets for scanning in order to be admitted to Gilliam Concert Hall for the exercises. Ticket scanning provides the University with quick and accurate attendance figures and controls fraudulent, duplicate, or invalid tickets from entering the Concert Hall.

These Guest Admit Tickets are valid only for the Graduate School Commencement Exercises on that date. They are not valid for the Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Guests without Guest Admit Tickets may view the Exercises at satellite locations in Murphy Fine Arts Center and the University Student Center. No Guest Admit Tickets are required at the satellite locations.


The Commencement Exercises will be held in the Murphy Fine Arts Center and will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Guests should be seated by 9:00 a.m. to witness the procession.


Parking for guests who have impaired mobility will be available on Lot L/M. Police offic­ers will be strategically located throughout the campus to provide traffic and parking direc­tions. Guests with mobility impairments will be able to sit in designated areas. Ushers will be available to provide instructions and assistance. Professional signers will sign for the hearing-impaired.


Complimentary parking will be available on the following University parking lots and gar­ages: Commons Garage (adjacent to the University Student Center), North Campus Garage (CBEIS/Engineering), Lot CE (surface CBEIS/Engineering), Lot T/V (Blount Towers/Rawlings Hall/Marshall Apts.), Lot U (Montebello), Lot Z (across from Alumni House) and Lot Y (behind Murphy Fine Arts Center). For the convenience of our guests, shuttle services will be provided to and from the Commencement Exercises and will be available for the mobility impaired.


For first-aid services, graduates should see the marshals, and guests should see the ushers. Ambulance service will be available for emergencies.


The Commencement Exercises will be broadcast live over WEAA-FM Radio Station, 88.9 FM, and live-streamed at


The following items are prohibited for ALL individuals (faculty, administration, staff, graduates, other participants and patrons, etc.) attending the Graduation Ceremonies:

• alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs carried in by patrons

• glass bottles or metal containers

• ice chests or large coolers

• bota bags or wine skins

• sticks, bats, or clubs, including any attachments

• fireworks, firearms, or other weapons or simulated weapons

• bullhorns or other artificial noisemakers

• framed backpacks

• animals other than certified guide dogs for the disabled

• balloons, drones, or other airborne devices

• food and beverages

• cell phones that are not turned off or placed on vibrate