FAQ for Guests - Master's 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?
The Master's Commencement Exercises for students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Please check back for further updates.
The Master's Commencement Exercises for students in the School of Business and the School of Education will be will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Please check back for further updates.
Are tickets required?
Yes, tickets are required for both the graduate and guests to enter the venue. All tickets are considered general admission and Whitman Hall will be filled on a first-come, first seated basis (i.e holding seats will not be permitted); Please note that access to the mezzanine and balcony is by stairs only.
Are there limits to what I can bring in with me to the ceremony venue?
Whitman Hall does not allow food, beverages, balloons, signs and strollers in the theater. All bags and packages are subject to search.
What if it rains on Commencement Day?
Commencement will be held rain or shine. Please come prepared for inclement weather.
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?
No. Doors will close 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to facilitate the graduates' procession and will reopen once all graduates are seated.
Where can I meet my graduate after the ceremony?
Arrange a meeting location with your graduate prior to the ceremony.