FAQ for Master's Degree Graduates/Candidates

What is the difference between commencement and graduation?

Commencement is the formal ceremony at which 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.

How do I get commencement tickets?

Eligible students may request tickets on the ticket reservation system beginning April 21, 2014, using the BC WebCentral Portal. For commencement eligibility criteria, please refer to the requirements. The system closes on May 6, 2014.

How many tickets can I request?

You must request a graduate ticket for yourself. Due to limited theater seating, you can request a maximum of three (3) reserved-seating guest tickets. The graduate ticket does not give access to guest seating areas. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the college's commencement website.

Does my child need a ticket?

Children, with the exception of infants and toddlers who remain on an adult’s lap, must have a ticket. Campus and Community Safety officers will enforce this policy. Children are not permitted to march or sit with the graduates.

Will there be any tickets for sale?

No, tickets are free. Extra tickets are not available. Any student engaging in the selling of tickets may be subject to disciplinary action by the college.

Will there be a rehearsal for the ceremony?

No. Marshals will be providing directions on that day.

What if I'm late for the ceremony?

You are expected to be in your place one hour before the ceremony begins. If you are late, you may be positioned outside your school and degree category.

What can I expect to take place during the ceremony?

The ceremony begins with processions into Walt Whitman Theater. There will be several speakers, followed by the graduates walking across the staging area to shake hands with their school dean, President Gould and Provost Tramontano while their name, degree and program are called. Your name, degree and program are noted on a reader card (that you receive when you pick up your tickets), which you hand to the reader. The ceremony concludes with the conferring of degrees.

What should I do if I feel ill during the ceremony?

EMS will be on standby at designated locations. Consult with your marshal.

Will my family be able to see me, and can they come up front to photograph me during the ceremony?

The entire ceremony is projected on a large screen in the theater. Audience members must remain seated so that all guests may see their graduate. A professional photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as they proceed along the staging area to shake hands with President Gould; these photos will be available to the graduate.