For Our Guests: Undergrad Ceremony


The Commencement Exercises will be held in the W. A. C. Hughes Memorial Stadium and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Guests should be seated by 9:00 a.m. to witness the procession.   In case of rain, graduates and guests should bring umbrellas.


In the event of severe weather conditions (thunderstorm, strong winds, etc.), the University will not hold its Saturday, May 19, 2018, Commencement Exercises in Hughes Memorial Stadium, as planned.  Instead of one ceremony, it will hold two separate Commencement Exercises in the Hill Field House, one in the morning for the first group of schools and one in the afternoon for the second group of schools, according to the following plan:

9:30 a.m. — Morning Commencement Exercises (Hill Field House)

• James H.  Gilliam College of Liberal Arts
• School of Community Health and Policy
• School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
• School of Education and Urban Studies
• School of Social Work

4:00 p.m. –Afternoon Commencement Exercises (Hill Field House)

• School of Architecture and Planning
• Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management
• School of Engineering
• School of Global Journalism and Communication

Guest Tickets for admission to Hill Field House will be required under the Severe Weather Plan, and all graduating students will be issued seven (7) Guest Tickets.  Students will be issued Guest Tickets immediately following Rehearsal on May 18, 2018.

Only in the case of severe weather will guests be required to have tickets for Hill Field House.  Those guests who do not have Guest Tickets for Hill Field House will be able to view the Exercises in the University Student Union and the Gilliam Concert Hall of Murphy Fine Arts Center. Guests are encouraged to park in the large parking lot at that location.


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)

• Lot Y (behind Murphy Fine Arts Center)

• Lot BSSC (Behavioral and Social Sciences 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