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Family and Guests

Guidelines and Ticket Information

The following guidelines have been established to provide an enjoyable guest and graduate experience and for the safety of everyone in attendance:

  • Doors open: 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony. All parents and guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. (Ceremony One) and 2:45 p.m. (Ceremony Two).
  • Bags: No backpacks or large tote-style purses will be allowed into the venue. Diaper bags are allowed but will be subject to search.
  • Tickets: Degree candidates must reserve guest tickets at the time they reserve their seat at a commencement ceremony. Each degree candidate can reserve up to six (6) tickets. Additional tickets will be released as they become available. Students who require more than six tickets can claim tickets as they are released. Last-minute tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Guest parking will be available in lots E-1 through E-9. Handicapped-Accessible parking will be located in lot N-4 and guest will have to show proper documentation to park in this area.

Parking Map

Handicapped-Accessible Seating

Reserved seating is available for guests who are unable to use the arena stairs or have a hearing impairment. Up to two (2) tickets can be reserved (one for disabled guest and one accompanying family member).

This section of seating is limited, and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that graduates request only the number of tickets they will need (not to exceed two).


You must email to request accessible seating before April 19, 2020. Tickets will be sent digitally to your email or mobile phone or can be picked up during cap and gown pickup.


Handicapped-Accessible parking is available in lot N-4 located directly outside Massari Arena. Guests must show proper documentation to park in this area.


Closed captioning will be available for the entire ceremony and will be displayed on the video boards in the arena. Spanish translation will also be provided during the opening and closing of the ceremony.

An American Sign Language Interpretor will translate the ceremony and will be viewed on the video board. Any additional, reasonable translation services must be requested by sending an email to by April 12, 2020.

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