FAQ for Guests - Undergraduate Degree Ceremony 2017
What is the difference between commencement and graduation?
Commencement is the formal ceremony where the college recognizes the completion, or anticipated completion, of students' academic degrees. Graduation is the individual student's completion of all the college’s degree requirements.
When are the commencement ceremonies?
Where will guests be seated?
Guests may be seated on the East quadrangle outdoors, which is a grassy area, or inside Whitman Hall for a live video feed of the ceremony on the quadrangle. Guests will only be admitted to the seating location for which they have a ticket.
Are tickets required?
Yes, tickets are required for both the graduate and guests to enter the venue. Tickets are general admission. For those with tickets to watch the live closed-circuit telecast of the ceremony in Whitman Hall, please note that the theater does not have an elevator; access to the mezzanine and balcony is by stairs only.
What if it rains on Commencement Day?
Commencement will be held rain or shine. Please come prepared for inclement weather.
Are there limits to what I can bring in with me to the ceremony venue?
For safety, security and guest visibility, guests will not be admitted with packages, briefcases, backpacks, balloons, signs or containers of any type.
At Whitman Hall guests will not be admitted with drinks, food or strollers.
Will there be any refreshments available?
Sorry, refreshments cannot be provided.
Are there special accommodations for guests with disabilities?
The college cannot provide wheelchairs. However, there is wheelchair-accessible seating available for the disabled guest and attendant companion. If this should be a need, please have the graduate contact us (specific dates TBA). At the entrance on the day of the ceremony, see a Campus and Community Safety officer or a staff member wearing a commencement lanyard. The services of American sign interpreters are available throughout the ceremony. For other needs send an e-mail to the address above with a description of the issue.
What should I do if I feel ill during the ceremony?
EMS will be on standby at designated locations. Consult with a Campus and Community Safety officer, marshal or staff wearing a commencement lanyard.
May I enter the ceremony at any time?
Yes, once the gates are opened at the designated time (TBA).
Where can I meet my graduate after the ceremony?
Arrange a meeting location with your graduate prior to the ceremony.