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Commencement: Seating Information and What to Wear

Seating Information

There is no limit on the number of guests graduating students may invite and seating tickets are not used at this ceremony. Ample chairs will be provided in the front section of the ceremony area on Holmgren Meadow and plenty of lawn seating is available behind the chairs. The front chaired section will open to guests beginning at 8:30 am and the lawn section is always open. Seating is on a first-come basis in both sections. The stage can be seen clearly from both sections.

The front chaired section will be closed during the processional and guests sitting in this area should plan to be seated between 8:30 am, when this section opens, and 9:30 am, shortly before the processional begins. This section will open again after the blessing is given at the beginning of the ceremony.

Encourage those who like the shade, don't like to sit for long periods, or have young children to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and sit in the lawn section, which has shade trees. There will also be a limited number of chairs available under awning in the lawn section for the elderly or very young.

Reminder: No pets or smoking are allowed at the event site.

For Guests with Accessibility Needs
If guests have accessability-related needs, please contact Mallory Shaw,, no later than Friday, April 28, 2017. See Accessability Needs for more information.

What to Wear
The Commencement ceremony will be held outside on Holmgren Meadow, rain or shine. Advise guests to bring appropriate rain gear, if it looks like rain. If it looks like sun, guests should bring brimmed hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bottled water, if desired, for their several hours in the sun.

Ice water will be provided for all guests at no charge. The water tables are located on Holmgren Meadow under the trees in the lawn section. Food and beverages are also available for purchase from the Tea Shop, located in Rothwell Center, adjacent to Holmgren Meadow.

Academic regalia are required for all students who participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students may not walk without academic regalia. Purchase regalia well before Commencement day.

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General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads
Weekend Activity Schedule

Academic Requirements
Graduation Application
Final Examinations/Theses
Transfer Credit Deadlines
Deadline for Incompletes
Failing Last Semester Course
Conferral of Degree
Honors and Awards

Financial Requirements
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Weekend Meal Service
Seating Information
What to Wear
Accessability Needs
Safety & Transportation
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Commencement DVD
Private Parties on Campus
Family and Friends Invitation

Contact Information

College Events
Sage Hall 125
P: 510.430.2145

Last Updated: 2/5/17